Monthly Archives: September 2013

Event Coverage: Players 7.0

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Players has become known as one of the the biggest car shows of the year to many enthusiasts nationally and overseas. This year marked their seventh year running, and my gosh has it got big… Everyone had been hoping that the weather would hold off, as the days leading up to the Sunday had been dreadful. On arrival at North Weald Airfield, the clouds were hovering but luckily it stayed dry for the majority of the morning. A few showers here and there luckily didn’t put people off, as the attendance was phenomenal. People were being turned down to the show and shine because it was so busy.

 

 

Speedhunters had their own hangar with several cars on display and photoshoots going on in the background. Check out the Mk1 Golf with R32 transplant above that was also seen at Edition38.

 

This RX-7 was looking seriously mean.

 

 

 

This Mercedes was one of my show favourites, it was immaculate with an interior to match.

 

 

 

I saw this bagged E46 back at DC13 earlier in the year, it’s now rocking some new shoes, BBS RFs.

 

 

If you’ve been to a car show in the UK, you’ve probably seen this 635CSI, I never get tired of this beautiful car.

 

 

Two of Audi’s finest on the Airlift Performance stand.

 

 

 

 

I was impressed with this static E36, those are the lows we like to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian May’s tough R32 on the Wheel Whores stand.

 

 

On the Vabric stand, check out the Mk1 Jetta sitting on BBS RFs…

 

 

and Pipey’s static Mk1 Golf.

 

 

Opposite was the Low Standards’ stand with their Mk2 Golf.

 

 

 

 

These two Mercs were very tastefully modified.

 

 

Further into the Show and Shine area, I ran into Ben Koflach’s E36 Touring, featuring a set of old school BTCC Rays wheels and the latest addition, an S54 engine from an E46 M3. Wow!

 

 

 

 

I’ve snapped Tallis Godfrey’s E36 cab a few times at shows, but I’d not seen it with the hard top fitted. What can I say, I love this car!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice to see a set of Advan 3 spokes, looking awesome on this A3.

 

 

 

Toyota Celica sitting well on Rotas, a healthy drop and de-spoilered. Win win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An E30 cab rocking a set of E34/E31 M-System’s.

 

 

 

The amber sides on this E39 really make the car!

 

 

 

 

Chris Newton’s Mk2 with BBS fans, stunning! He took home the Wheel Whores ‘Best Wheels’ award.

 

 

Perhaps a familiar sight for some of you? Poor E36… the things we do for lows.

 

 

 

 

I’ve not seen such a nice Mk3 in a while…

 

 

 

 

I’m a sucker for E34’s, especially when they are low like this 525tds.

 

 

Jack Waller’s supercharged R32.

 

 

 

 

I love the RollHard E91 M-Sport Touring, sitting pretty on a set of Squared wheels.

 

 

This little Lupo was rocking the steelies. Loving the wing artwork too, not overdone like so many examples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our E46 Touring, still a work in progress!

 

 

Kingsley Black’s bagged Passat on Rotiforms.

 

 

Unfortunately the rain decided to arrive in the afternoon and people started to leave. I don’t blame them, it was cold and wet.. but did give me the opportunity to snap a few cars leaving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the typically British weather, I enjoyed my day at Players. Splitting the show into several areas – two hangars, tarmac outside the hangars and then the huge show and shine area meant there was plenty to look at and keep busy. See you next year!

Event Coverage: Forge Motorsport Action Day 2013

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Last weekend I headed down to Castle Combe race circuit in Wiltshire for the 3rd Annual Forge Action Day, which is run by the folks at Forge Motorsport. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect as I’d never attended one of their action days before. On arrival it was clear that there was something for everyone, a really mixed show, which is always good. I’ve photographed vehicles that hopefully you, our audience, will enjoy!

 

The majority of the show was situated in the pit area of the track, which meant you could be right in the middle of everything going on. In addition to the show cars on display, there were multiple track sessions taking place throughout the day, so there were constantly cars lining up, pitting, and getting ready for a blast around the circuit.

 

 

The cars on track were also mixed up, from Mk2 Golfs to old school Fords.

 

 

 

In the paddock area there were various trade stands to keep you busy.

 

 

 

Some very tasty E92 M3s…

 

 

 

 

It was nice to be able to get so close to some of the team cars, such as CP Racing’s RX7 below.

 

 

This was pretty insane – the┬áMonster Energy Pikes Peak Ford RS200.

 

 

 

 

 

Pipey’s Mk1 Golf representing Slam Sanctuary on the Wheel Whores stand.

 

 

Joined by Harvey Fulford’s immaculate Porsche 944.

 

 

 

An ‘Action day’ wouldn’t be complete without the sighting of an AE86.

 

 

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This Audi Quattro LWB was one of my cars of the show… a lovely restoration job done on it. The Ronal wheels look spot on.

 

 

It was seriously clean, just check out that engine bay.

 

 

 

Closer to the track I got closer to some of the drift team pits…

 

 

 

…Because drift car.

 

 

 

The Falken team prepping their cars.

 

 

And onto a bit of drift action, my favourite part of the day.

 

 

 

 

This was a popular sight throughout the pits, following the drift sessions. These tyres belong to the Huxley Motorsport Volvo V8.

 

 

I first saw this Mk1 Golf back at Retro Rides, and it’s still looking as good as ever with its V8 transplant.

 

 

 

I’m growing on these new Beetles, this one has been done very tastefully.

 

 

 

The Players RS4 Avant was drawing in the crowd as always, thanks to the bright pink Rotiform splits.

 

 

A pretty clean Skyline spotted in one of the club stands.

 

 

As well as this B5 S4 Avant on Merc wheels.

 

 

An F10 M5, a pity it was not going around the track!

 

 

 

 

 

So to summarise, a day for everyone to enjoy. If you like motorsport and cars in any form, there was something for you here. The drifting was spectacular and I’d recommend it to anyone. Keep up the good work, Forge.

Event Coverage: Edition38 Show & Shine 2013

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Last Sunday I headed up to Overstone Park in Northampton, and after sitting in some unpleasant Silverstone traffic, arrived at Edition38 – no doubt the biggest VAG show of the year. This was actually my first time at Edition so I was amazed at the sheer size of the event and the amount of people wandering around whilst driving through the gates. The tunes were blasting out from the Show n Shine stage so it felt like a music festival on top of a mecca for VW fans. I’ve really tried to cram a lot of photos into this one, so apologies if you suffer from a slow connection.

 

I’ll kick things off with these stunning cars on the Players / Milestone 71 / Black Sheep Belgium stands.

 

 

Check out the Players Avant on a set of bright Rotiform splits. It was certainly drawing in the crowds so had to wait quite a while for this shot!

 

 

 

The stage is a nice touch to the show, with cars and award winners coming up throughout the day for a chat with the owners plus the traders had a chance to plug their businesses and get people involved. In between they had some good music playing, so if you got fed up of wandering around the cars you could always sit back on the grass with a pint and enjoy the onstage entertainment.

 

 

 

It’s nice to see people thinking outside the box, check out this Mk4 on Jag wheels.

 

 

…and a Mk2 on Land Rover rims, pretty cool!

 

 

 

I haven’t snapped too many of the modern cars, but I’m quite liking what people are doing with these Up!’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our friends at Forge Motorsport were repping hard as always with their trade stand, so of course I had to get another cheeky shot of their Mk1 weapon.

 

 

 

Now I won’t go in to the whole bags/static argument right now, but it was refreshing to see a static Mk5 Golf, sitting here on BBS CHs.

 

 

 

 

I loved this B5 Avant on Porsche splits.

 

 

This Mk1 was incredibly tidy and looked just right in this colour.

 

 

 

 

This R32 was pretty special.

 

 

Check out the camber and dish on Freddie’s Civic.

 

 

This Mercedes was magnificent, it was just as tidy inside as it looks on the outside. We need to see more retro stuff like this slammed. Please guys, more of this.

 

 

 

I’m a big fan of Jettas, this Mk1 was sitting nicely.

 

 

…but Louis’ Mk2 below has to be one of my favourite cars of the day, it just looks spot on.

 

 

 

 

 

These X5 wheels on the Mk4 were crazy shiny.

 

 

Another stand-out for me, Matty’s Mk1 Golf on BBS RF splits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The paint job on this Mk1 looked impressive and fits well with the dark centered OZ Turbos.

 

 

 

If you have been following Slam Sanctuary you will know that I am an avid BMW fan, so obviously I went on a hunt for some, with great success…

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pretty crazy race-spec Audi Quattro.

 

 

This Mk2 Golf was sitting perfectly.

 

 

You don’t see too many bagged E46’s…

 

 

This Merc was impressive, sitting really nicely with colour coded split rims.

 

 

I’m not usually a Mini fan, but this was very tasteful.

 

 

There were a few new Beetle’s, most on Bentley rims, but this one looked awesome on Vossen CV3s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was lucky enough to hitch a ride to the show and back in Rich’s E39, newly slammed and sitting on a set of E60 Style32s.

 

 

Another favourite of mine, this E21 on Gottis. Just wow.

 

 

 

I really have no words for this Mk1, just that it was incredible. My car of the show.

 

 

Before leaving the show I headed over to the exit of Overstone Park to catch a few cars on their way out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So this was my first experience of Edition38, and I was impressed. I’ll certainly be back next year – not one to be missed again!