Players Classic 2017


Posted on: June 18, 2017

Words and Photography: Michal Fidowicz 

 

Players Classic is a show I look forward to dearly every year. After attending it 2 years in a row, I was more than keen to return to Goodwood for the third year – The venue is truly amazing, oozing with history and car culture. I can’t begin to figure out how the guys behind Players managed to persuade the owners of Goodwood to let them cram the place with silly, wonky low cars, however I’m so glad they managed to do so. The place is terrifically beautiful. Now if that wasn’t enough, every year the race track is opened up to those keen track-dayers. This means if you get bored of the cars on show (which you just won’t) you can find a place to sit down and watch some raw machines going at it on the race track. It’s just perfect.

Another thing that was perfect was the weather. Not only did it give us an opportunity to get a nice tan during the day (unless you burn, in which case I am so, so sorry), but the 30oc heat also allowed me to make the most of my camera. The lighting was just brilliant. Another nice touch were the sponsors, specifically Monster who were giving our free energy drinks all day. While I don’t tend to buy that sort of stuff, free stuff is always great.

The cars were just next level. Players shows are always the best shows of the season, and I say this with full confidence that the cars on show this year were the best they’ve had so far. The bar just keeps getting set higher and higher. I’m struggling to think how the quality could be increased, and if I figure it out I’ll definitely let you know. Until then, let me show you some photos.

With this article, I’m going to show you the photos in the order that I took them – just to mix it up a little. We’ll start off with the little car park area which always houses some gems.

 

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Now this is only the start. From here, you can follow the path towards the race track. This path is scattered with more beautiful machinery, take a look.

 

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At this point you can go two ways. You can go underground towards the paddocks, or you can continue to browse the area surrounding the Goodwood cafe. While the paddocks are the main attraction, the cafe area is one you cannot simply ignore.

 

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Fancy Audi, isn’t it? Right, from here, you walk underneath the race track where you’re greeted by the main sponsor areas. Meguiars, Airlift and ilovebass have their stands set up here, so as you can imagine the surrounding cars were very finely hand picked. If you’ve made it here, you can make it anywhere (well no ANYwhere but you get the idea.)

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If I remember correctly this thing above was being built for 6 years or so. Ad you can imagine, the guy deservingly went home with an award.

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And this guy did a whole Euro trip starting in Russia, attending events scattered around Europe. I saw it last week at VW Days and once again the car turned heads here in England. I’d love to do a Euro trip like that one day…

 

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Now I was very happy to see that the Players guys expanded. While in the past, the little mini-track was used for go karts, this year the area was home to the trade stands. Perfect opportunity to grab some merchandise and what not. The cars there was also pretty cool…

 

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Still can’t get over that static E36. There’s just something about Alpine White E36s, and you know what they say about more doors… Anyway, from here, I walked down the path which lead to the first of the three big paddocks.

 

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Now here I was greeted by the first Paddock, which I will open up with Gaz’s E36. Gaz’s car was our car of the show back at Gravity last year, and has come back this year even stronger with loads of new touches, such as E34 M5 wing mirrors and a rather lovely sticker on the front window…

 

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Here’s a tip for anyone that might be inside the actual Paddock next year. Move your car forward by a meter or two, just like this stunning KA and TT have done. Makes a photographers job much, much easier, and we really are a lazy bunch. On to paddock numero duo.

 

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Another absolutely stunning E36. Once again in Alpine White. I should buy one.

 

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Hi Bobby.

 

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It’s almost as if the Alpine Whites are following me. Time to show you paddock number three before I lose my mind.

 

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This Volksrod actually belongs to Sonny’s dad (the guy who helped me start Candy.) If it wasn’t for Ken, I wouldn’t have attended all the shows I went to before I got my licence. Cheers Ken!

 

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Oh look another lovely sticker. This one is gold though. While you can’t buy them yet, you will be able to next weekend. Just in case you’re interested. The car is kind of cool too…

 

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Now this thing up here, this lovely E34 540it is without a doubt my favorite car of the show. It’s just perfect in every way, the fitment is lovely, the paintwork was pristine and this specific model is rather rare. If I can remember correctly, the sheet behind the dashboard said BMW only produced 399 of these for Europe. To the gentleman who owns this, good catch sir. Shame I did’t take more photos of it… let’s hope I see it at some future shows.

At this point I run out of paddocks, however I did linger around and take some more photos. Take a look.

 

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I think you’ll agree when I say that Players Classic this year pushed standards to a whole new level. It was simply perfect.

So that was 160 photos or so, I hope you enjoyed them and if you know any of the owners of the cars shoot them over the photo.

As always, thank you for reading – much love to you all.

I’ll leave you with some rollers…

 

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