Stance Fever 2017


Posted on: May 23, 2017

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Words and Photography: Michal Fidowicz 

Apologies about taking a while getting this out, but a mixture of

We’ve never attended Stance Fever before, and we weren’t actually set on coming this time round until about a week beforehand. We weren’t sure why, maybe it was the distance or us just being lazy. Then someone chucked a screenshot of the show poster in our group chat, and next thing you know I’m on the M25 with William half asleep in the passenger seat, routing to meet with everyone at South Mimms services. A brief breakfast later we set off for the remainder of the journey up to Rockingham Motor Speedway. At one point our small convoy naturally merged with a few friends that were running late, so I had the pleasure of enjoying the small yet smooth Midlands roads with 10-odd show cars in my rear view mirror. Convoying with people definitely speeds the journey up.

With that said, as I was behind the wheels I didn’t get a chance to take any rolling shots, although if you follow us on Instagram you’d have definitely seen the videos Will took. Upon arrival to Rockingham Motor Speedway we were greeted by border control-eqsue check in, after which we were pointed in the direction of the general car park while the rest of the group headed into the show and shine area.

The first thing that stood out to me was that the Stance Fever was on a smaller scale than the other shows we’ve attended in the past, but there was definitely a calm atmosphere lingering in the air. The show and shine area was nicely laid out, and the way cars were just scattered around everywhere made shooting photos a load of fun. 10/10 for show lay out if you ask me. The metal on show was to a really high standard too, take a look if you don’t believe me…

 

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I’ve mentioned this in past articles and I’ll bang on about it in this article as well. The key to having a great show is inviting along people who’ve built cars that step out of the box and don’t look like a cookie cutter show build – be it by choosing an uncommon platform or maybe by nailing the perfect wheels set up and fitment combination. Some wizards out there even manage to tick both of those boxes at once, such as Jack Butlin who’s taken a friendly eco-box Fiesta and built it up to be one of the cars that stood out most to me during the day.

 

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I didn’t make a film for Stance Fever, whilst I had the equipment on me I also saw people walking around with £2,000  set ups and decided that they’d do a far better job at showing the show off than I would. This gave me a rare chance to actually slow down the pace and enjoy the day with my mates rather than run around wondering if I’ve covered every inch of the show or not. As much as I love making films, driving Matt’s 7 series around the show with 8 people crammed into it was a little more entertaining.

 

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I was hoping to get this article out on Thursday last week, but then Thursday came around and so did Thursday Night Beers, and then before you knew it all of Friday was spent in bed working from home. I hope you can forgive me for being a little late with this article, but Early Edition article also needed sorting out and I decided to get that one out of the way first.

Stance Fever, thank you for having us and we’ll be back next year. I’m keen to see the show grow and the organizers have already said they’ll be creating more trophy categories for the show, which always keeps things interesting. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at Straight Outta Kempton this Saturday and the Auto Finesse BBQ on Monday, until then enjoy the rest of the photos.

Thank you for reading!

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