Date: 17 September 2017
Location: North Weald Airfield, Essex
Words & Photos by Henry Phull


If you’re into modified cars, you’ve more than likely heard of Players. It’s one of the most well-known car shows in the UK, taking place every September at North Weald Airfield in Essex, where the venue is overridden by hundreds of show cars from all over the country, and even Europe. It’s a rather unique location, given the fact that the show takes place alongside a live airfield, also making use of two gigantic hangars… One displaying an Air Lift Performance showcase, and the other holding ‘VIP’ show cars, hand-picked by the event organisers Jay McToldridge and Carl Taylor. Aside from the chosen cars, the rest of the show remains open to ANY modified vehicle, so if you turn up on time, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be in the show – unlike their sister event, Players Classic, which is entirely pre-approved. Unsurprisingly, this leaves us with a highly varied showground packed with all sorts of cars, and all tastes. Although, that’s not a bad thing. It’s a great way to bring the community together, regardless. Check out our highlights from Players’ eleventh show below…


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



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




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


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


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



Vasco Matos’ Volkswagen Mk7 Golf on HPDrivetech / Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s



Kamal Sokhi’s BMW E30 Touring on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s



James Sharp’s Volvo 244



Nathan Atkinson’s BMW E46 M3 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension & custom-built Style 32’s



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



Jay McToldridge’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf G60 on H&R suspension & Rotiform YVR’s



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




BMW E30 Sport on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s



Edward Johnston’s wide-body BMW E36 Touring w/S50 M3 conversion, Air Lift suspension & custom-built Style 32’s




James Manners’ Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LVS’s



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



EPS Motorsport’s Audi S1 Quattro on Rotiform LSR’s





It would seem that Players are sticking to a recipe that has worked for them for eleven years now. Their North Weald show provides the ideal opportunity for anyone with a modified car to get involved and show their pride and joy to the rest of the community, with no worries of pre-approval – which is happening more and more with car shows these days. Players is one of the few shows left that anyone can take part in, so if you want to experience UK car culture in full, it’s the place to be. Oh, and don’t miss Players Classic at Goodwood Motor Circuit on the 23rd and 24th of June 2018 for their next installment, you’re in for a treat.





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