Monthly Archives: June 2017

Players Classic 2017

Date: 17 June 2017

Location: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

There’s no better way to describe Players Classic than to call it the UK’s premium event for modified cars. Everything here is just cool. I always look forward to this one because of the historic venue, Goodwood Motor Circuit, which is transformed and packed-out with high quality show cars for one day a year. If variation is what you want, then this event does this oh so well… Walking through the show you’ll be presented with everything from pristine Porsche 356’s, to drift cars, lowriders, and everything in between – and, luckily for us, plenty of slammed vehicles. Players Classic is a pre-approved event, which means the show organisers (Carl Taylor & Jay McToldridge) spend a lot of time choosing which cars will gain a place in the show, and decide on where they’ll be placed. Clearly, they’ve become rather good at selecting a suitable mixture of absolute quality – the cars on display definitely seem to be getting better and better each year, they’ve got this on point. It’s forever expanding too, which means if you’re not lucky enough to gain a space for your car within the immediate show area, there are now even more locations within Goodwood’s grounds in which you’d most likely be placed. This means there was even more to see this year, I’ve done my best to pick some of my favourites, so enjoy the Slam Sanctuary highlights below…

 

Jamie McToldridge’s RX8 Rotary-swapped 1966 Datsun 520 on Air Lift suspension

@players_jaymac

 

Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension

@meguiarsuk

 

Tom Lilico’s BMW Z3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & BBS RS’

@droppokesmokedope

 

Marcel Bäumer’s Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE on Air Lift suspension

@baeumers

 

Alex Rogers’ Audi S1 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@alexrogers92

 

Ryan Stewart’s supercharged Alpina B10 3.3 Touring on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@7th.seal

(Click here to check out our feature on Ryan’s B10)

 

Rob Goodwin’s BMW E28 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@st4rk3y

 

 

Matt Glassup’s Porsche 964 on KW suspension & Eta Beta’s

@mglassup

 

James Brown’s Mercedes-Benz 190E on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform MBZ’s

@jamesyesyesbrown

 

Joe P’e’s Volkswagen T25 pickup on hydraulic suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@joe_t25

 

Kenneth de Bock’s BMW E92 335i on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@_kaydibee_

 

Kiran Mistry’s Audi 80 saloon (S2 spec) on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform VCE’s

@blackman_k

 

Car Audio & Security’s BMW M4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@rajsangha964@caraudiosecurity

 

Patric James’ Volkswagen Corrado on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@players_vex

 

Car Audio & Security’s BMW E30 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@rajsangha964@caraudiosecurity

 

Alex Radford’s BMW E23 728i on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@radford15

 

Jordan Warren’s Rocket Bunny Mazda RX-7 on AirREX / Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister R’s

@jay_l_w

 

Jay McToldridge’s Datsun 260Z on Rotiform GTB’s

@players_jaymac

 

Lucy Barlow’s bagged BMW E21 on BBS RM’s

@lucybarlow1994

 

Victor Korotkov’s Audi C7 A6 Avant on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform HUR’s

@victor_korotkov

 

Dalton Limbert Player’s VW Mk6 Golf R32 on H&R suspension & BBS RS861’s

@dxltz

 

 

 

Angus Munro’s Porsche 964 on Air Lift suspension & BBS Super-RS’

@dubfordstyling

 

Josh Mussell’s static Nissan 350Z on WORK Meister L1’s

@likehelldesign

 

Parm Panesar’s BMW F80 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s

@parm_m3

 

Shaun Morris’ Mk1 Vauxhall Astra on GAZ suspension & Ronal Racing wheels

@old_skool_cool

 

Harvey Howe’s BMW E82 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Breyton’s

@harveyhowe

 

Ben Walker’s BMW E28 on Broadway Static suspension & OZ Breyton’s

@bnjmnwlkr

 

Elliot Carter’s BMW E92 on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & BBS RF’s

@y2_etc

 

Tristan Holmes’ Jaguar XKR on BAGS by OCD / Air Lift suspension & BBS Paris Oyster’s

@tris_xkr

 

John Meade’s 1983 Ford Escort on banded steels w/Chevrolet hubcaps

@letitgoletitflow

 

Ethan Sexton’s BMW E30 / Carlos Gomez’s BMW E36, both on Air Lift suspension

@ethansexton / @carlos_g88

 

Adam King’s bagged Chevrolet C10

@addms

 

Benny Rees’ 1976 Toyota Celica GT on WORK Equip Spirit 11’s (front) & SSR Riverside R109’s (rear)

@shootall

 

Car Audio & Security’s Ford Mustang on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS’

@f2jbl

 

Leroy Goddard-Fletcher’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W126 on custom Mercedes Intra splits

@the_royal_plasterer

 

Lukas’ BMW E34 540i/6 Touring on BC Racing suspension & OZ Mito’s

 

 

Chris Williams’ Porsche 964 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@ccwill1975

 

Remco Gijzen’s Opel Kadett on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@trabantman

 

Reece Parr’s BMW E30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@e30_parr

 

 

Charlie Dunn’s Audi B7 RS4 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform IND-T centrelocks

@charliedunnn

 

Stuart Grey’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E88’s

@kic_stu

 

Jake Stanford’s Volkswagen Tiguan on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@jake_stanford91

 

Connor Hollamby’s Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@connorhollamby_

(Click here to check out our feature on Connor’s 190E)

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 Saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s

@s30bmx

 

Jamie Gough’s track-spec Mk2 Ford Escort

@jaymk2

 

Josh Stokes’ BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Carline CM6’s

@josh_stokes

 

Greg Robins’ Mitsubishi Evo X on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & BBS LM’s

@gregrobins

 

Danny Webster’s bagged Ford Fiesta on Speedline Mistral’s

@dannyfidi3

 

 

Chris Downes’ 1965 Chevrolet Impala on hydraulic suspension

@lowriderchrisuk

 

Players Classic has always been lucky with the weather (bar a rather harsh freak-downpour a couple of years back), but 2017’s show was certainly the hottest one yet! Monster Energy were on hand giving out plenty of energy drinks to keep everyone hydrated, and they even brought down their sponsored British Drift champion ‘Baggsy’ and his PS13 for a few drift displays on the track. Furthermore, keeping up with the venue’s motorsport heritage, there was also a track-day happening simultaneously throughout the day, with all sorts of cars going out. So, there was plenty to see if you did happen to get bored of wandering around show cars. Players Classic’s overall package is everything you want from a car show. It’s great news to hear that 2018’s event will be held over two days, it sounds like it’s about to get a whole lot bigger – I can’t wait to see what they have planned!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Players Show:

Players Show website

Players Show on Instagram

Players Show on Facebook

 

VW Days 2017

Date: 10/11 June 2017

Location: Saint-Quentin, France

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

After attending Club Golf IDF’s VW Days last year for the first time, I knew it wasn’t an event I wanted to miss again, so I made sure to booked my travel and accommodation for the 2017 show well in advance. Held over two days, this show makes the perfect long weekend, or mini holiday if you’re travelling from another country. Whether you decide to camp at the show venue and take advantage of the onsite night-time entertainment, or stay in the nearby hotels and takeover the local town (which is what we did), VW Days is more about spending time with friends – it just so happens to be an incredible car show, too. With high quality cars attending from all over Europe, there was plenty to see – what they’ve achieved is, no doubt, France’s answer to a premier car show. Although I’d say the event is 90% VAG, Ilce and the organisers are partial to the odd BMW, Mercedes-Benz and non-VAG car being allowed in, which makes for a nice change, because although the Europeans build some of the best Volkswagens and Audis that I’ve ever seen, it’s still good to offer some variety – they seemed to get this just right. Just take a look at my highlights below…

 

Victor Korotkov’s Audi C7 A6 Avant on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform HUR’s

@victor_korotkov

 

 

Klaas van Schaijk’s Mk1 Golf on BBS E55’s

 

Marcel Klok’s Porsche 964 on H&R Deep suspension & BBS E28’s

@marcel_klok

 

Many Many’s Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@stancescrap

 

Ben Rye’s ’57 Volkswagen Oval Beetle on Air Lift suspension & custom 3pc smoothies

@oldrag57

(Click here to check out our feature on Ben’s Beetle)

 

HR Autoworks’ ’57 Volkswagen Oval Beetle

@hrautoworks

 

 

G’Rèm Verson’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Gotti/ACT SX’s

@grem.lowest

 

Marco Pereira’s Audi C7 A6 Avant on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@mpperformance

 

 

Romain Moncelet’s Mk5 Golf ED30 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@romainmoncelet

 

Yoan Joaquim’s BMW E92 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform SIX’s

@swb_automotive_yoan

 

 

Jamie McToldridge’s RX8 Rotary-swapped 1966 Datsun 520 on Air Lift suspension

@players_jaymac

 

Julien Jacinto’s Volkswagen Santana on Air Lift suspension & Gotti/ACT SX’s

@julien_jacinto

 

Antonino Trunfio’s Mk1 Golf on Borbet A splits

@antonino_trunfio

 

Abi Clarke’s Polo Coupe on Zender Phase 2 Turbos / fans

@shwwty

 

Rob Kelly’s Audi C7 A6 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@rob_fitteduk

 

Marcel Bäumer’s Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE on Air Lift suspension

@baeumers

 

 

Stefan Vandenabeele’s Mk1 Golf on KEAN Suspensions & BBS E50’s

@stefan_vda

 

Joshua Bradley’s Skoda Fabia on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@braderz_in_the_faberz

 

Eloise Saunders’ Audi Mk3 TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE‘s

@eloisesaunders

 

Josh Stokes’ BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Carline CM6’s

@josh_stokes

 

 

 

Guillame Michaud’s Mk2 Golf on BBS E52’s

@g_mikro

 

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 Saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s

@s30bmx

 

Andrew Carter’s Mk2 Golf on H&R Ultralow suspension & BBS E26’s

@carter_213

 

Nicolas Ogé’s ’62 Deluxe Beetle

@nicolasoge

 

 

Nick de Rond’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@mk3nick

 

 

Alexandra Schwing’s Polo Coupe

 

Matt Carter’s Audi A5 on AccuAir suspension & WORK Meister’s

@stancefaktor

 

 

Kevin Devert’s Beetle

@lowbugz

 

Alex De Oliveira’s Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@aleex941

 

 

 

Vincent Plonquet’s Mk7 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superturismo’s

@vwins_7r

 

Dimitri Léouna’s Mk3 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Eta Beta’s

@mk3_mk2_

 

Warwick French’s Audi RS3 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Penta GT’s

@wardog701

 

 

Douglas Degroodt’s Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@douglasmk1

 

VW Days is truly an amazing weekend away. Situated in Northern France, it’s a really easy drive along one toll road from the Euro Tunnel and ferry terminals (approx. 1hr45min). Plus it’s close to neighbouring countries too – which explains the large turnout of foreign cars mostly from Belgium and Germany. Whether you’re into camping, or prefer the luxuries of a hotel, I can’t recommend VW Days enough – it’s probably the next best thing to the Wörthersee experience and a lot more affordable. With so many cars to admire, make sure you check out the Bonus Gallery below to see even more. Big thanks to Ilce and the team for welcoming us – we’ll be back next year. Don’t think about it, do it!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Club Golf IDF / VW Days:

Club Golf IDF website

Club Golf IDF on Instagram

Club Golf IDF on Facebook

 

The Auto Finesse Chill & Grill 2017

Date: 29 May 2017

Location: The Star, Standon

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you’re a car enthusiast, go to shows, or have an interest in car cleaning and detailing, chances are you’ve heard of Auto Finesse. They’ve been around since 1999, but seen a huge expansion over recent years, offering a huge range of quality car cleaning products and are known for their presence throughout the car show calendar. It was their demo vehicles which first had us noticing the brand, with a whole host of classic Volkswagens including a Mk1 Caddy, Type2 hightop, and a selection of incredible Mk2 Golfs (all fully built to a high standard), they certainly know how to attract attention to themselves. More recently they’ve been expanding into other marques with a bagged BMW F80 M3 and a Ford Transit Connect M Sport, to name a few – it’s clear that James and the team at Auto Finesse absolutely love cars and aren’t just in this to make a buck. Auto Finesse has become a household name within the car community, so what better way to get fans, customers, and those simply intrigued by the brand, together in one venue. This called for a special gathering, the ‘Chill & Grill’, which debuted last year with the help of The Star pub in Standon, Hertfordshire (not far from their HQ), hosting a BBQ and turning their car park and pub garden into a display of pre-selected show cars of every variety. Sadly we missed out in 2016, but when Team AF decided to bring it back this year, we jumped at the opportunity and made our way up to Hertfordshire.

 

Auto Finesse’s BMW F80 M3 on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & ADV.1 wheels

@autofinesse

 

 

Auto Finesse’s BBS-kitted VW Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension

@autofinesse

 

 

Taylor Hetherington’s BMW E24 635CSI on BBS Mahle’s

@mr_taylor_14

 

 

 

Faz Ahmed’s S50-swapped BMW E30 cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@fazalicious

 

Eloise Saunders’ Audi Mk3 TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE‘s

@eloisesaunders

 

Si Watson’s Mk2 Golf VR6 on BBS RS’

@sivr6

 

Calvin Buyuk’s Audi A5 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Radi8 r8t12’s

@bagged_a5

 

 

Keil Critten’s R32-swapped VW Mk3 Golf on Air Lift Suspension & custom-built VR6 splits

@keil_mk3

 

 

Roval Waithe’s VW Mk7 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV‘s

@rovalll

 

 

Gursh Chohan’s BMW E30 cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@g_e30

 

 

 

Alex Collins’ Audi S1 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s

@alex_collins98

 

Auto Finesse’s Type2 hightop

@autofinesse

 

 

Ben Kmita’s supercharged Mk3 Golf VR6 on Air Lift suspension & ACT’s

@vr_benny

 

 

 

 

Andy Ware’s Mk6 Golf on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@aajware

 

 

Jon Lawrence’s Audi B5 S4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND’s

@jon_lawrence

 

Kim Cowden’s Mk1 Golf on BBS E55’s

@kim57t

 

 

With 50 cars in a pre-selected show & shine area, plus an additional field to cater for the extra 200 cars that turned up this year, there was plenty of cool stuff to see. Tied with a fantastic barbecue, bar, DJ, and the Auto Finesse store (for the chance to stock up on products, and chat with team members), it was an awesome little event with a perfect chilled vibe – ideal for a Bank Holiday. To top things off, ‘Chill & Grill’ was open to anyone and completely free! You can’t say fairer than that, right? Keep up the awesome work guys.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Auto Finesse:

Auto Finesse website

Auto Finesse on Instagram

Auto Finesse on Facebook

 

Straight Outta Kempton 2017

Date: 27 May 2017

Location: Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Launching a new German car show in an already jam-packed season is brave, but with so many new events popping up each year, it just goes to show that there are still gaps to fill. We’re always keen to check out new events whenever they’re not clashing with our regulars. Straight Outta Kempton (SOK) set the bar high from the get-go, promoting the tagline “A car show like no other” ….That has a lot to live up to, but I have to say they definitely got it right with the location – the historic Kempton Park racecourse in Middlesex. A great location for anyone near London and the surrounding areas. So, what was really different about this show? I hear you asking… Well, SOK changed up the timetable from the usual car shows, opening their gates to the public at 2pm on a Saturday afternoon, with the notion of carrying it on until late that night (Show & Shine trophies were held at 7:30pm!). “No one likes getting up at 5am to go to car shows!” they stated, and we agree – it definitely set a much more chilled atmosphere for the afternoon and early evening. Okay, so a late start… But what were the cars like? SOK made the wise move of gathering numerous car clubs from across the UK – this ensured a high turnout and a strong mix of all sorts of German cars. Combined with pre-selected show cars, as well as Show & Shine area for cars that simply turned up on the day, there was plenty to look at – just check out our highlights…

 

Dave Smith’s BMW 2002

@dave5185smith

 

Charlie Dunn’s Audi B7 RS4 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform IND-T centrelocks

@charliedunnn

 

Alex Collins’ Audi S1 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s

@alex_collins98

 

Eloise Saunders’ Audi Mk3 TT on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE‘s

@eloisesaunders

 

Sandeep Gill’s BMW E30 325i cabriolet on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt TH-Line’s

@sgill78

 

Tipu’s Mk2 Golf on BBS RS’

@tipu_c1

 

Gordon Milne’s Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspensionRotiform LSR‘s

@g_lowcollective

 

Hope Carter’s S54-swapped BMW E30 cab on ACS Type 1’s

@e30_xx

 

 

Matt Clifford’s widebody Mitsubishi Evo X on Air Lift suspension

@m555ttc

 

Dips Amin’s BMW E46 M3 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension

@dips346

 

Bryan Butler’s Beetle-panned Austin Allegro

@tuckshopbmx

 

Troy Lawrence’s VW UP! on Air Lift suspension

@troyphoenix

 

Az Riz’s BMW E92 330d on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & WORK VS-XX’s

@azriz

 

 

Tony Cousins’ VW Scirocco R on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform SCN’s

@shinless.90

 

HTS Motorsport’s M52-swapped BMW E30 Touring on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt TH-Line’s

@htsmotorsport

 

Connor Hollamby’s Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@connorhollamby_

(Click here to check out our feature on Connor’s 190E)

 

Matt Hollands’ bagged BMW E38 on Style297’s

@matt__hollands

 

Faye Lingard’s Mk2 Golf 16v ABF on Gotti’s

@torquegirl16v

 

Simeon Williams’ BMW E46 cab on Air Lift suspension & custom built Style4 splits

@sim.e46

 

Stewart Davis’ BMW E30 Touring on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE‘s

@stew.e30

 

 

 

Amar Flora’s VW Polo 6n2 on hydraulic suspension & CCW Classics

@amarrrrr

 

 

James Wade’s bagged Audi 80 B2 on BBS RF’s

@jimrs6

 

Sam Sandhu’s BMW E63 M6 on AirREX / AccuAir suspension & Art In Motion MA6’s

@ssandhu86

 

 

 

Andy Guyett’s BMW E36 Touring on Air Lift suspension & Racing Dynamics RRS’

@gus247

 

 

Tom Healey’s Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s

@texastom_lowcollective

 

 

James Aveil’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W114

@james.aveil

 

The Slam Sanctuary Audi C5 A6 Avant on Air Lift / AccuAir / BAGS by OCD suspension & Rotiform KPS

@henry_slamsanctuary

 

On the whole, the quality of cars was fairly mixed, which isn’t surprising when the majority of cars were on club stands, but it did make for a welcomed change, allowing us to see some stuff we don’t often see (not always slammed – but cool nonetheless). The organisers did a terrific job, considering it was the first ever Straight Outta Kempton. Putting on an event of this size is no simple task, so naturally, there were a few teething issues which are worth mentioning. By no means do we want to bring the show down, more so that we attend an automotive event nearly every weekend and we want to help them all prosper. In future SOK’s, we’d love to see better organisation and placement of pre-selected and show & shine cars – maybe bring them all together as one – they seemed really separated and the only activity was happening near the stage area.

 

We’d also like to see more traders – understandably it’s not easy to gain support of trade in ‘year one’, but the venue is perfectly suited for a large trade village, considering they hold a market there anyway. Food (one of our problems with a lot of car shows)…. just one food vendor for the size of the venue was not ideal, and we heard endless comments from people complaining about the price of food. Lastly, perhaps some tweaking of the schedule is still needed… we’re all for a later start, but perhaps Midday would be a more realistic start time, running until around 6pm. You’ve got to remember, people get bored extremely easily. There’s plenty to take on board, but overall, Straight Outta Kempton was a big success. They attracted a HUGE amount of people which was super impressive. Having the stage and inviting cars up, talking with owners throughout the day was a nice touch. We’re looking forward to watching this event grow – there’s no doubt that it will get better and better each year. Thanks for having us, we’ll be back in 2018!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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More info on Straight Outta Kempton:

Straight Outta Kempton website

Straight Outta Kempton on Instagram

Straight Outta Kempton on Facebook