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

 





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