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Elsecar at the Races 2017

Date: 9 April 2017

Location: Doncaster Racecourse, South Yorkshire


Words & Photos by Henry Phull


Elsecar at the Races is a new one for us at Slam Sanctuary, so let’s begin with a little history… What started out as a car meet known as ‘Elsecar Mega Meet’ / ‘Club GTI Mega Meet’ a whole 19 years ago, this historical gathering of cars has grown into something much, much bigger. With previous meets taking place at the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Elsecar, Barnsley, they were seeing over 200 show cars and 200 club cars in attendance! With popularity continually growing, 2016 saw the organisers move the event to Doncaster Racecourse, which has the the capacity for 700+ vehicles. This went hand-in-hand with re-naming the show to ‘Elsecar at the Races’. Our friends at Only Charged Dubs (and Elsecar show sponsors) had been raving about last year’s show, which meant we had to come up this year to see what all the fuss was about. We were met with one of most chilled-out events we’d ever been to. The whole vibe was perfect and everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly to each other. Along with an excellent mix of stanced, classic, air-cooled, and a whole host of club stands on display, Elsecar is a show that any petrolhead can enjoy – catering for all tastes. With so much to see, we captured some of our favourites, check them out below.


Bradley Mckee’s bagged ’78 Volkswagen B1 Passat on BBS LM’s



Jack Smith’s bagged Mk1 Golf on Fifteen52 Tarmac 348′s



Dan Birkinshaw’s Audi B8 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s



Carl Atkins’ Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s



Jack Butlin’s Ford Mk6 Fiesta on BAGS by OCD suspension & OZ Futura’s



Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s



Hoho Chan’s BMW E92 330d on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS2’s



Sole Flavours’ Mk4 Golf on AccuAir suspension & WORK VS-XX wheels



Matthew Hartle’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W202



Vick Nagi’s Mercedes-Benz W126 560SEL on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s



Dan Smith’s Porsche 966 on Eta Beta’s



Jemima Cox’s Volkswagen Polo 9n3 on Air Lift suspension & Autostrada Modena’s



Joe Bycroft’s BMW E21 on BBS RS’



Adam Sheldon’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s



Jak Johnston’s Mk1 Golf G40 on StillStatic / H&R suspension



Ryan Hall’s Mk1 Caddy on Air Lift suspension & PLS Daytona’s



James Hellewell’s Audi RS5 on BC Forged wheels



Jack Betts’ 1968 Beetle



Adam Berry’s bagged 1966 Karmann Ghia



Jas Virdee’s Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension



Cameron Stead’s Lexus IS220 on BAGS by OCD suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s



Craig Hugill’s Porsche 911 Cabriolet on BBS RS’



Jay Polson’s MK5 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s



Paul Foster’s Mk1 Golf on BBS RS’




Max Edwards’ ’78 Beetle on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’



Leo Jackson’s Mk1 Jetta on Tramont’s



Dale Grainger’s BMW E38 740i on AirREX / Air Lift suspension



Jason Buckley’s Mk1 Golf on H&R suspension & BBS E52’s




Aksan Cy’s Mk5 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s




Chris Robson’s Audi A1 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s



Jamie Fagan’s Mk1 Jetta G60 on Ronal Turbo’s



Ben Gill’s Mercedes-Benz W204 on Air Lift / HP Drivetech suspension & Rotiform SCN’s



Vinylimage’s Passat R36 on Air Lift suspension & Vossen VLE-1’s



Kirsty Greatrex’s 1969 Beetle



So, was it worth the 8-hour round trip? Based down on the South Coast, we don’t often get up to Yorkshire, but 2017 is all about expanding our horizons and we’re so glad to have made the journey. It was totally refreshing to visit to a car show with so many different sorts of vehicles to lust over, and, although it’s predominantly a VAG show, there were still plenty of other marques being shown off – with no hatred (often the case at similar events). Of course, The glorious weather made the day even better, and it was nice to have the indoor part of the show to catch some much needed shade from the sun. No doubt, Elsecar at the Races will be added to our annual diary for the foreseeable future. Thanks to the guys at Only Charged Dubs for letting us tag along for the weekend, too.




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