Photography: Jonny Smith | Words: Aron Norris
Players has become a big part of the modified car scene in the last 10 years. Jamie McToldridge and Carl Taylor have continued to create a platform for car culture to thrive through their events. Alongside their Players Essex instalment, they also have this event, Players Classic, which took place on Saturday 15th June 2017.
It's safe to say it, Players Classic has something for everyone. Whether you like your cars like ornaments or prefer out-and-out racers, you'll find it here at Players Classic.
The Players Classic show brings together the most eclectic mix of styles to the hugely historic Goodwood Motor circuit in West Sussex, England.
Opened in 1948, this 3.8km (2.4m) circuit started life as the perimeter track at RAF Westhampnett, which was opened as a relief airfield to RAF Tangmere during the Second World War. The first race meeting in September 1948 marked the start of a long history of motorsport which has seen all of the racing greats battle for supremacy on this 7 corner short circuit. From Sterling Moss to Jim Clark, Goodwood has played host to some incredible talent over the years.
Of course, what Players Classic really does is throw away the Goodwood rulebook, because this event isn't anything like Goodwood's Festival or Speed (FOS), Goodwood Revival or Breakfast Club Meets, because well, this is an event for the masses.
In typical Players Classic fashion, you'll find a huge variety of high quality cars on display and of course, on the track too. Every year this show serves up a fresh mix to suit everyone and keeps on raising the bar.
Whether you want to book track time for your Saxo, or apply to show your air-bagged BMW in the paddocks, you don't have to be a millionaire car collector at this Goodwood event. This is about as grass roots as it gets for a 1-day-er at Goodwood.
The Monster/Steve Baggsy drift team were in attendance to show everyone how to do proper skids, which created a brilliant spectacle at the show.
What makes Players Classic great is how accessible prestigious Goodwood now is as a result. Everyone can enjoy this high end venue and racetrack. Let's take a look around this year's event...