Words & Photos by Henry Phull
Saturday 8th June saw the return of Players, after their much successful show at North Weald Airfield in Essex last year. Players Classic introduces a new venue for the show – the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit, and I must say, it was the perfect venue. The weather was soaringly hot and you couldn’t have asked for a better place to hold a car show.
The first vehicle greeting you as you walked into the grounds was this very special Mk1 Escort with a Rover 3.5ltr V8 heart.
Throughout the day people were hovering all over this bagged Mercedes W124 300CE – definitely one of my top cars from the show.
It’s always interesting to see the variation and creativity that goes into peoples air ride set ups. These Duracell style tanks looked awesome on this little black C2.
Another stand out car for me was this 1982 E21 sitting on a set of staggered TH wheels – it’s got to be one of the best executed E21’s I’ve come across.
Always nice to see an E30 with a V8 lump packed in the bay. This thing must be lots of fun!
As popular as E36’s have become, the good ones always make me smile so I had to get two shots of this example.
The sheer quality of metal on display was impressive, like this Mk1.
An Audi 80 waiting to go out on track.
The owner of this E30 M3 has owned the car for years and seemed disappointed that he doesn’t get to drive it as much these days, but ensured me he tries to make all the shows! Well thank you for attending sir, because this is a beautiful M3.
This E21 travelled all the way from Belgium to be at Players Classic.
I’d seen this Integra previously, and was impressed to see it is now on air.
There was a decent selection of trade stands scattered throughout Goodwood, including Forge Motorsport with their insane Mk1.
There was a vast selection of Porsche 964’s on display, including the red Milestone 71 car below on BBS’.
It was a pleasant surprise to finally see Brian Henderson’s Rotiform 964 which I’m sure you have all seen all over the interwebs already, after his epic European roadtrip. What a car to do it in, the result of Milestone 71’s hard work on this car is just stunning.
An E28 caught my eye sitting nicely on some Style5’s. You might recognise this car from a feature in Performance BMW Magazine.
Track time around the circuit was available for those who pre-booked, so there were constant queues of cars waiting for their turn…
As if the cars weren’t enough, Speedhunters brought along their drivers Mad Mike Whiddett and Fredric Aasbø for some drifting action on track. They could be seen around the Speedhunters camp hanging out in between sessions, and met with fans for a free signing which was a nice touch for the show.
They hyped up the crowd by warming up the cars in preparation for their session.
And after some tyre smoking it was time to say goodbye to Goodwood and head home. What a show. See you all at the next Players show on the 15th of September!