Westside Treffen 2016

Westside Treffen is the hidden gem of modified car shows in the UK. It really does surprise me how many people don't know of its existence when I mention it. From people that have been, including all the regulars, you'll constantly hear "Come to Westside. It's THE most chilled out show." Well, they ain't lying! The quality of cars on display is usually top notch too, and that's partly what makes this show awesome. It could also have something to do with the time of year, being the last outdoor event on the calendar, a lot of people are about to tuck their show cars away for winter. Westside is one final stage for your pride and joy to make a spectacle before the new show season (Unless you're attending Ultimate Stance this weekend, of course - but the crowd there is slightly different). The ideology for Westside is pretty simple really. Book out a cricket club on the outskirts of West London, bring your friends and their cars (of which 80% happen to be concourse condition classic Volkswagens), get the family to help out with some incredible home-cooked food, 80s/90s music and you're onto a winner. It's no surprise that the show has grown year on year but still remains a small, relaxed event.

Players 10.0

There's one show that, undoubtedly, initiated the birth of several modified car shows in the UK... the one and only Players at North Weald Airfield. Founded by Jamie McToldridge and Carl Taylor, their vision came into fruition by hosting a new type of show that catered for all petrolheads within the clustered automotive world, but most importantly, oozing anything cool. Naturally, Players is known to have a strong presence of cars sporting Air Lift suspension and Rotiform wheels, but that's to be expected when they are the main sponsors of the event. BUT, it's balanced out with plenty of diversity. For example, walking into the main show, the first thing that would've met your eyes was a jacked up Chevy Impala lowrider. Followed by the UK's first RWB Porsche. Then a classic Mercedes-Benz to a brand new BMW M4 on air. From a selection of Mk1 Golfs, to a Bagged Austin Healey! And people say that there's no variation left these days? Well, I'm sorry, but that's just plain B.S. - Jamie and Carl are two guys with quite the opposite taste in cars - put them together and you've got a team of incredible curators, showing us what is cool, and what's going to 'wow' you as soon as you step foot into their show. Players 10.0 proved that they've still got it, ten years later.

Edition38 Show & Shine 2016

It's that time again... Edition38! This is probably the most anticipated show of the year for Volkswagen and VAG fans. It's essentially a camping event held over a long weekend, the ideal opportunity to get together with friends and cars. Thanks to plenty of night-time entertainment, people treat it as a party weekend, followed by one of the best Show & Shines in the country at the end of it. Edition has grown so much, that each year I notice a stronger presence of cars that have travelled over from Europe. This year was no exception, as I was blown away by plenty of examples from the Netherlands, Belgium, and France which stood out from everything else - showing us Brits how it should be done. Now, due to the weather being absolutely disgusting on the Friday and Saturday of the event, we skipped them and made our way up on Sunday (the main day for Show & Shine), where the rain stayed away, luckily. Props to everyone that camped all weekend in the wet and mud - that's dedication! Enjoy our round-up, with some of the UK and Europe's highest quality dubs.

Auto Grüppe’s Summer Run 2016

Auto Grüppe organised an event back in 2014... the congregation of some incredible cars at Beaconsfield services on the M40, followed by a leisurely drive to the rendezvous point at Southsea seafront in Hampshire, for a chilled evening with friends and cars. To this day, it remains one of the coolest gatherings that I've attended in the UK. I've been patiently waiting for the guys to plan the next one - This year they finally got their act together and set a date for the second event. The idea was exactly the same as before (why change something that worked so well, right?), another cruise from Beaconsfield down to Southsea. I decided to skip the convoy and meet up with everyone in Southsea along with a few other Southerners, seeing as we live around the area, anyway. When I arrived, there were already plenty of modified cars trying to take over the Avenue where the meet was being held - unfortunately it was a bank holiday Monday after a big music festival held at the same location, so there were a few vans and tractors moving about and clearing up the rubbish from the weekend, but we made the most of it and it didn't seem to spoil the vibe. To top it off, the weather was glorious.

Retro Rides Gathering 2016

It's that time of year where we take a break from the usual shenanigans of static 'stance-orientated' car shows, and head deep into the British countryside... more specifically, the idyllic Shelsley Walsh in Worcester, to the historic hill climb. It's here that every year, members of the Retro Rides forums get together for one big event, the 'Gathering'. Now, this isn't like any typical car show. Here you'll find cars that you won't see anywhere else, in fact, a lot of them only attend this one event on the calendar, and I'm pretty sure a lot of them aren't even that active on social media. I know right, that sort of messes up our usual style of event coverage, but let's go with it. Anyway, I've been attending the Retro Rides Gathering since 2013, and it just keeps getting better, year on year (regardless of the weather). Over this time I've noticed that more and more classic car enthusiasts are finding out about this motorsport-orientated event, bringing a higher calibre of cars each time I visit.

Show & Glow 2016

We've been supporters of Show & Glow since their first event back in 2013 when it was held at the exclusive indoor space at Bluewater shopping centre. It continued there successfully for another year, however, Bluewater then decided to abolish the space, which meant Simon and the team at Show & Glow had to search for a new venue. Luckily, something popped up nearby (still in Kent of course), the UKP Leisure Club in Sittingbourne. Although we, unfortunately, missed last year's show, our new photographer Tristan managed to get down there last weekend. As it turns out, Show & Glow has become one of the most chilled events on the UK circuit. With some patchy weather, it was still much drier than last year, which resulted in a great turn out and a mixed variety of cars, with most hailing from the surrounding Kent and London areas. We captured some of the highlights, showing off the mixture of cars - check them out below...

RollHard: The Show 2016

Established back in 2010, RollHard is now one of the most recognised groups in the modified car scene... They choose to focus on the sense of community that comes with the lifestyle of a petrolhead, "All makes, all models, one community" as they state, which I absolutely love. It's not hard to work out why so many car enthusiasts choose to be a part of RH and of course rock the stickers on their cars. Let's face it, if you're into cars, you've heard of RollHard. They're everywhere, and even have a huge following over in Europe. Having previously held a few events (RollHard Duxford back in 2013, The Belgian Chapter in 2014 and 2015, and their Charity event also in 2015), a new idea was brought to life this year after discovering an absolute gem of a location in Essex - the Cressing Temple Barns. Imagine a beautiful, scenic venue in the remote countryside, featuring 13th Century Medieval barns, outbuildings, gardens, and paddocks. Not your usual recipe for a car show, but that's what made this one just that extra bit special. With plenty of nooks and crannies throughout the venue, cars were dotted all over the place, which made it more fun to explore than say, strolling past rows upon rows of cars like at other shows. Usually, I'm not the biggest fan of car events on grass, but the quirkiness of this venue definitely made up for it. So, sit back and check out the highlights below...

FittedUK 2016 – Part 2

Welcome back to our FittedUK coverage - in this final part I'll take you through the remaining highlights from the incredible show at EventCity, the new location for 2016. You've already seen that the event was full of high quality cars and now it's about to get even better. It's time to take a look into the carpeted hall, show a few gems that we missed from the rest of the venue and even more of the cars from the Slam Sanctuary booth. There's something special about an event of this size. All the excess space glorifies the cars on show, allowing you to fully admire them. When they're squashed together (like at a lot of smaller shows) you're much more likely to walk straight past or pay less attention. FittedUK was like an art exhibition for cars... They truly nailed what a static automotive event should be. Anyway, on to the all-important photos...

FittedUK 2016 – Part 1

If you were to step inside FittedUK's new venue for 2016, you wouldn't believe that they're only into their third year of putting on events. Now, I thought their show was big last year, but this time they've taken it to the next level and beyond by renting out EventCity in Manchester. That's 28,000 square metres of indoor space, making it the UK's biggest indoor car show... Quite a step up from Wetherby Racecourse, leaving a hell of a lot of space to fill with cars, traders and public ticket-holders of course. The FittedUK team have been promoting this year's event throughout social media and constantly teasing us with photographs and videos showing off the size of the venue - so turning up on the day before the show to set up the Slam Sanctuary trade stand was an incredible chance to see it all come together and watch Alex and the team's vision come into fruition. To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect.. could they deliver on everyone's high expectations? Well, sure enough Sunday morning arrived, the doors opened to the public, and rest-assured, people started flowing in. It was BUSY - all day long. Normally at shows, people tend to get bored towards the end of the day, but with an event this big - there was always something new to see. So much in fact, that we've had to split our photo coverage into two articles! So sit back and enjoy Part 1 below...

Gravity 2016

Launching a new automotive event in the congested UK show circuit is a daunting task. For people that do what we do, a dedicated show is the ultimate dream and accomplishment, which our friends at Slammed UK have managed to achieve this year with their debut show 'Gravity'. With more and more shows popping up on the calendar, the venue has become the 'make or break' factor. Jordan, the main man behind Slammed UK and Gravity, spent a lot of time getting it right, opting for NAEC at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire - just outside of Coventry. An ideal central location, easily accessible for the rest of the country, and with plenty of indoor space - absolutely critical now that the British weather has become as unpredictable as ever. With two halls; a VIP-style room similar to those at Ultimate Dubs, a main hall with barn-like lighting & attributes, plus a large outside area, there was a nice contrast of backdrops which makes for an overall captivating feeling. Slammed UK are known for their variation in the car scene and their show was the perfect example of that. Take a look at our highlights...