In hell: position exposed in Germany

First impressions count. The way you present yourself to another person creates a mental image in their mind and sets expectations as you move forward.

In the case of To Hell, a new event organized by German automotive streetwear brand Camber, all the boxes were ticked.

First of all, Camber had a superb location: Mendig airfield, just outside the river town of Koblenz in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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Then they came up with an interesting concept. The event combined a position show with live action demonstrations, as well as skateboarding in an area featuring a scrap BMW E36 as an obstacle. The weather kind of ruined the latter.

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Last but not least, the quality of the cars in all areas was absolutely there.

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I first heard about To Hell earlier this year when I was planning my summer car events. By this point, a few notable builds on the German scene had been confirmed, including Holyhall’s custom tube-framed Ford Capri and an LTO-equipped BMW E36 coupe. As the event got closer, more and more interesting cars were confirmed for the event. To say I was excited would be an understatement.

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Arriving at the scene, apart from a sign reading ‘Camber’ and the faint sound of an engine at full throttle, there was nothing to suggest what awaited inside. But everything changed once I walked through the main door.

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To my left and right were numerous waiting cars parked in front of the airfield hangars. And the sound of the engine? It came from a Porsche 911 from German tuner 9FF as it made another high-speed pass around the makeshift drag strip.

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Most of the cars on display came unsurprisingly from Germany, others traveled great distances. The latter included this Audi TT RS with wild forged carbon fiber wings and turbofan engines, sourced from Italy.

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This Montecarlo Blue Honda S2000 stood out for its simplicity and cleanliness. Work Meister S1 wheels are a rare sight in Germany.

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I counted a few Nissan Skylines, but if I had to choose my favorite it would be this Millennium Jade R33. Although it’s not a GT-R, it has all the right parts, including a set of Nismo LMGT1 wheels made by RAYS.

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While it is common to see JDM wheels on European cars, we rarely see the opposite. This Toyota Chaser bucks the trend with a set of OZ Racing Futuras.

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Inside the two hangars, Camber has some very special constructions.

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R44 Performance brought its BMW M3 Touring from the UK and not just for display purposes. He also saw action on the quarter mile of the track.

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The curated selection continued with everything from an immaculate Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 to several tuned Porsche 911s and a few BMWs not often seen on the position scene, like these 2002 Tii and Z3 Coupe.

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Holyhall’s Group 5 Ford Capri tribute was by far the craziest car on display at To Hell. Construction of the rusted original Mk3 Capri chassis began with only sections of the roof and doors remaining. The rest is custom, from the tube-frame chassis to the inboard pushrod rear suspension exposed on full display through the rear window. This is an insane build, and I have a spotlight that will shine a light on all the work that went into creating it.

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It wasn’t just position cars at To Hell; German collector ChromeCars brought two BMW race cars, a Group 2 E24 M635CSi and a Group 5 E21.

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Outside, in addition to the previously mentioned drag demos by 9FF and R44 Performance, a few other participants put on a drift show.

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Even if this first test was a hit, it is not luck for beginners. Camber is not new to the scene, and the team behind the brand has had experience of high-profile events in Germany and the rest of Europe like Ultrace and XS CarNight, and it showed . With a start like this, I can’t wait to see what happens next in To Hell.

Steve Edward
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