Nearly 500 Audis turn out for show at Beaulieu

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Audis turn out in force for 'Simply' show at British car museum | Beaulieu photos

The marque-specific “Simply” shows held on the grounds of the Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu continued a record-setting year this past weekend when 472 vehicles turned out for Simply Audi.

“Past glories of the Audi marque were on show with several examples of the 1980s Audi Coupes,” organizers reported, “while club displays included the Audi ‘80’ Cab/Coupe enthusiasts with a line-up of the much-loved modern classics from the 1980s and ’90s.”

Also well-represented were R8 supercars, sporty TTs and performance-tuned S2, S3, RS3 and RS4 models.

People’s Choice award winner

Winning the People’s Choice award was an Audi TT RS owned by Kerrin Martinez of Taunton.

“I’ve owned it for 13 months and have done almost everything on it, except the tuning remap, while my brother did the vinyl wrap,” Martinez said. “I love it because it’s so fast and really enjoyable to drive.” 

Runners-up were an Audi RS6 and a 1982 quattro rally-car replica.

1982 quattro redone in rally guise

The RS6 was purchased just three weeks ago by Chris Smith, but he’s already changed wheels, added air suspension and replaced the exhaust and intake manifolds.

Meanwhile, Darren O’Neil has owned the 1982 quattro for 17 years, converting it from road to a rally-car replica. 

Beaulieu’s next Simply gathering is Simply Ford, scheduled for May 5.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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