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



Meguiar’s Ford Crown Victoria on Air Lift suspension



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



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



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



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


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


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




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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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





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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

@ethansexton / @carlos_g88


Adam King’s bagged Chevrolet C10



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



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



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



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



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



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



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




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



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



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



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)


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



Jamie Gough’s track-spec Mk2 Ford Escort



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



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



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




Chris Downes’ 1965 Chevrolet Impala on hydraulic suspension



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!





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