Wilton Classic and Supercars

Wilton Classic and Supercars

Wilton Classic and Supercars is an event that is set in the back garden of one of the UK’s old world stately homes, when I say old world I mean, old money, when extreme extravagance and opulence were your defining factor in social society. Quite fitting really for the cars on display at Wilton Classic and Supercars.Ferrari 250 GTO - Wilton Classic and SuperCarsWhere better to start than Ferrari, the OG of extravagance and beauty. Ferrari’s are always the star of the show at any event and especially classic Ferrari’s. The line up at Wilton Classic and Supercars was vast from 250 GTO’s to F40’s and 250 California’s to Daytona’s and definitely did not disappoint

Where ever it goes the 250 GTO is a show stopper and there has been a lot of hype around these cars recently, one went on the block at Monterey Car Week fetching an eye watering bid of $38million.

Ferrari Daytona - Wilton Classic and Super CarsFerrari-Daytona-Wilton-Hall Classic and SupercarsSome what of an unsung hero among the other Ferrari’s and cast to one side on the lawns away from the main humdrum of onlookers. The Ferrari Daytona is the king of GT cruisers and basking the sunhine in between showers allowed me to shoot it uninterrupted and really appreciate the stunning shape and engineering of this late 70’s beast.

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Ferrari F40 And GTO - Wilton Classic and Supercars
From the 250 GTO to the Ferrari F40, Wilton Classic and Supercars delivered the Ferrari goodness. I love these things, the boxy late 80’s wedge design, an ass as wide as Kim Kardashian’s and those scuplted air flow ducts…everything about this car is kick you in the nuts cool.
Amilcar_01-Wilton Classic and SupercarsAmilcar 02 Wilton Classic and Supercars I was totally drawn in by this Amilcar, a French maker from the 1920’s. This is an example of nuts and bolts functional engineering presented beautifully. A spotless example really captured the open wheel period, I just wanted to jump on in, grab my goggles and leather cap and go for a blast.

BMW 507 - Wilton Classic and Supercars I’ve never seen the BMW 507 in the flesh, it’s so far removed from modern BMW’s or even the Neue Klasse, that you could be forgiven for thinking it’s of Italian decent.
Porsche 911 Rally 03 Wilton Classic and Supercars I think patina and battle scars give a car it’s character, it’s soul and tells a story, which I why I was all over this Porsche 911 2.7 RS. It was obvious that it had seen a few adventures but when I was snapping away a well to do couple walked up to the car and simply said “the interior isn’t much better than the outside, that’s a state” – technically yes Mr and Mrs well to do you were right but the point was well and truly missed…
Porsche 911 Rally 2.7 01 Wilton Classic and Supercars Porsche 911 Rally 2.7 Wilton Classic and Supercars This was a car I’m sure of many tales and that is the point, it was occupying the lawn to conceive intrigue to anyone that took an interest, where had this car been, who had driven it, what had it seen…all of these things I would love to know. Looking past the beaten up exterior and simply appreciating this 911 RS for what it is, an out and out automotive legend.

Porsche 956 LeMans Wilton Classic and Supercars The famous Porsche 956 Le Mans icon looked just at home on the Wilton Classic and Supercars lawn as it does shredding down the Mulsanne Straight at full chat.

Porsche 956 LeMans 02 Wilton Classic and Supercars BBS Turbo fans and tonnes of aero give the old Le Man slayer such an aggressive look. Feared by other racers on the track and by those who graced it’s steering wheel for being an unforgiving brute, it still has an air of beauty to it despite its reputation. Fiat 500 Abarth - Wilton Classic and Supercars Aston Martin DB4 Wilton Hall ClassicsBugatti flat 8 Wilton Hall ClassicsBugatti 11B Wilton Hall Classics Despite the format having already been done on paper, Wilton Classic and Supercars just feels different. A Spectacular setting and spectacular cars.

Porsche 911 – True gents of the road

Porsche 911 – True gents of the road

The Porsche 911 is such an iconic car. The racing pedigree of Porsche is unmatched, their history with LeMans and motorsport development has them up their with the best. The 911 has benefited from the vast motorsport experience Porsche have gained over the years.

Porsche 911 RS

Launched in the 1973 the Porsche 911 Carrera RS is considered to be the holy grail of vintage Porsche 911 ownership, prices are increasing by the day and are becoming only obtainable by the most resourced collectors. The RS name or “Rennesport” meaning Race Sport in English is famous among Porsche 911 variants, a striped out racer with a tuned 2.7 litre flat six boxer engine and buckets of power…

Porsche 911 RS

Porsche 911 Carrera RS

The Porsche 911 RS was developed by Porsche for one purpose…racing. Regulations specified at the time, a certain amount of production vehicles needed to be sold in order for the car to be eligible for racing. The duckbill rear wing has become synonymous with the profile of the 911.

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Bright colours have always been a popular choice for 911’s, in race form this very car wore bright orange centered Fuch’s, and looked awesome with it’s black contrast details and decals.

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Porsche 911 S

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Period sponsor graphics and decals brought that nostalgic feel to the max, this early short wheel based 911E might not have been the fastest on show but it definitely looked mightily cool hitting the Silverstone tarmac.

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Porsche 911S -Silverstone

There is nothing better for me than a 911 in race trim kitted out with decals, stripped out and ready to race…Porsche 911’s with the street race custom hot rod style are insanely cool at the moment and I think the way to dress a 911.


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Silverstone Classic – Porsche a True Romance

Classic Porsche – True Romance

As the morning mist lifted the crisp air filled with rawtie exhaust notes, over-fuel backfire pops and the unmistakable noise of air-cooled engines  downshifting at speed through the Maggots-Becketts and Chapel complex.  A mind boggling sensory overload that hit you as soon as stepping through the turn-styles of the Silverstone Classic.

The Silverstone paddock was full to the brim with classic race machines and car enthusiasts, re-capturing the sounds and smells from the bygone era of motor racing. Bearing witness to the near forgotten legends of the track, spectators mixed with mechanics adjusting and perfecting the set up on their vintage machines, whilst drivers donned their race suits preparing to do battle, all in a hedonistic petrol fuelled mix.

Porsche 356 - Silver Classic

Making our way to to the National paddock, glancing through a garage onto the pit straight a Porsche 356 screeched to a halt, the  driver frantically got out, did a lap of the car and clambered back into his race machine before screeching off  to the high fives of his mechanics. Onlookers reveled in what they were witnessing…one of Stuttgart’s finest creations being driven and driven hard.

Red Porsche 356 - Silverstone Classic

Once the racing had finished 3 Porsche 356 race bred Outlaws, 1 red and black from the UK and 2 cream liveried up German owned cars rolled into the Pit Garages for a well earned rest, the warm smell of mechanicals, brakes and tyres still fresh as fans swarmed to get up close.

Porsche 356 - Silverstone Classic

Silverstone classic - Porsche 356

No getting lost here, spot the map next to the steering wheel…Silverstone is one of the fastest tracks on any motorsport calendar and whilst these Porsche 356’s wouldn’t be getting anywhere near the speeds of some of the other machines on show, you can bet they were having fun doing getting close.

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Porsche 356 Silverstone

There was a certain sense of romance about watching 3 Porsche 356 outlaw blast around the circuit at the Silverstone Classic, seeing these rare machines in an environment not many are used to – on the race track – was truly a special moment.

Up close and personal – Silverstone Classic 2014

In my previous post I shared some of the out and out race cars that descended on the Silverstone Classic Internatinal paddock. I took so many pictures I thought it only right to share some more – this time from the National Paddock and various display cars on the club stands.

Silverstone Classic - BMW CSL E9

BMW sponsored the Silverstone Classic this year having a large presence including a stonking great big Ferris wheel, although that was cool in it’s own right what lay in the shadows was way cooler – the cream of crop from the BMW Car Club. The E9 CSL is a car I just can’t help drooling over, the lines are so clean yet the front end is one of the aggressive BMW have ever put on a car. This stunning example was the bell of the ball for me out of the heavy weight line up of classic Bavarian metal.

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I got chatting with the owner, John – a really nice friendly retired engineer in the British military. Among the tales of how the E9 CSL came about in the early 70’s, he told me that he wasn’t to be seen to be picking up a spanner at work in order to maintain rank with his engineers. To sooth his engineering itch he restored this beautiful E9 back to it’s full glory in the evenings and at weekends, keeping it from his colleagues. You can never keep a car guy and an engineer away from his tools for too long. Hopefully more on this car in the near future…

Blue E9 CSL - Silverstone Classic

Another mint CSL E9 finished in Baikal Blue Metallic basked in the glorious sunshine. The body work was so straight and true on this example it looked like it could have rolled off the assembly line that day. It’s clear that the BMW car club guys put some serious work into their cars.

BMW Alpina Engine - Silverstone Classic

There was a pretty wild BMW 2002 Tii wearing some big over fenders and smoothed to within an inch of it’s life, despite me not getting any pics of the actual car this thing had a pretty special party piece though, an Alpina E10. An engine which to the un trained eye just looks like another engine but to anyone that knows would stop you in your tracks and prompt a “what the f…. that’s rare and cool”…which is exactly what I did.

Bright yellow E9 BMW - Silverstone Classic

The E9 isn’t to everyones taste in Golf Yellow but it looked the buts against the bright blue sky over Silverstone.

BMW 7 Series - Silverstone Classic 2014

This early 7 series had a deep south America style vibe to it which I really dig’d. I could picture this cruising the streets of Nola with it’s white wall tyres, chrome arches and vinyl details.

E21 BMW 3 Series - Silverstone Classic

I’m a sucker for a clean E21, they have become a popular platform for modifying with some sweet examples doing the rounds on the scene, it’s rare to see one in such original form.

Alfa Romeo GTV - Silverstone Classic

Away from the BMW Car Club stand and into the National Paddock – Off to the side in a little corner was this oh so clean and painfully beautiful Alfa Romeo GTV. The Bertone designer Giorgetto Giugiaro penned such a stunning and timeless design with this series of sports coupe, bello.

Alfa Romeo Front - GTV Silverstone Classic

The Alfa 1750 GTV was introduced in 1968. Designed to be the most sporting in the Alfa range, the Gran Turismo Veloce – Veloce meaning Fast in Italian, did not disappoint. A peppy 4 cylinder light weight alloy block engine produced over 120 horsepower. Coupled with improved braking and suspension compared to earlier ‘fast’ Alfa models meant the Gran Turismo Veloce formed a great tuning base for motorsport.

Alfa Romeo GTV - Silverstone Classic

Competing at the famous Targa Florio in 1923, Alfa Romeo driver Ugo Sivocci added a four-leafed clover symbol, known as Quadrifoglio Verde in Italian, for luck on the deep red bodywork of his Alfa Romeo RL. Ever since, the Cloverleaf has symbolised the sporting heart of Alfa Romeo, recognised and celebrated by Alfisti throughout the world.

Afla GTV 1750 Interior - Silverstone Classic

The sculpted design of the dash and instrument clusters that channels the drivers eye are still used to this day in a lot of modern Alfa’s. I particularly liked the after market fan, and to me sums up the discerning Alfa driver – sacrificing functionality over style and performance.

Alfa GTV 1750 Rear End - Silverstone Classic

Despite the connotations around Alfa Romeo..the oil leaks and relaiability issues, it’s said you’re not a true car guy until you’ve owned an Alfa. This is definitely on the bucket list and hopefully another car that will grace these very pages in the near future.

Escort Mk1 - Silverstone Classic

These two Ford Escort MK1’s couldn’t be any different if they tried, apart from the lairy canary yellow paint work of course. It was a stunning before and after example of how much work and design goes into building a race car.

Porsche 356 Outlaw race car - Silverstone Classic

As previously mentioned the Silverstone Classic allowed you to get up close and personal with the cars and after sweet talking a Marshall the racing and pitstops too…it was very nostalgic looking on from the pit garage as this Porsche 356 screeched to a stop before it’s driver jumped out, did a lap of the car before jumping back in and peeling out again. I think I even turned round and gave my girlfriend a hi-five…super cool.

Pitlane action - Silverstone Classic

The Silverstone Classic is an event that any car guy,old or young, big or small must visit. It’s on par with the Goodwood Festival of Speed allowing you to get your mechanical fix whilst watching some of the very best frantic Motorsport from the packed frantic grids.

Silverstone Classic 2014 – In The Garages

Silverstone Classic 2014 – Historic Motorsport Icons

When you think of a British Motorsport venue your thoughts jumps straight to Silverstone in leafy Buckinghamshire – so there’s nowhere better in my opinion to hold a Classic and Vintage Motorsport event. The Silverstone Classic 2014 was a last minute deal for me, I’d heard about the event but never attended and after seeing all the Classic LeMans coverage, I was itching to get my yearly dose of Classic Motorsport.

It all came about one evening surfing the internet when suddenly the memory of a conversation with a colleague about the show popped into my head, a quick investigation later and two tickets were winging their way to me in the post. The lucky recipient of the second ticket…my very patient girlfriend, boy was she in for a treat.

With the promise of historic F1, classic LeMans and early naughties ‘money no object’ British Touring Cars – the alarm was set for 5:45am…the early bird always catches the worm and man what a worm.
Maserati 1930's F1 - Silverstone Classic 2014
The first stop on arrival (after coffee) was the International Paddock, the early start was made better (for me anyway) by what greeted us. Empty pit garages with unprecedented access to some of the most iconic race cars in the business, WIN. It had the feel of a museum before opening, to the point that my girlfriend kept asking “if we were meant to be there”, it all seemed too good to be true. The sheer openness to roam around the garages whilst last minute prep was being done by race mechanics was simply amazing. I was like a giddy fat kid in a sweet shop.
Maserati 1930's F1 Car - Silverstone Classic 2014
Maserati 1930's V12 F1 Car - SIlverstone Classic 2014
It’s not often you can get this up close to some Motorsport greats, often we as spectators are kept at arms length to the cars and drivers but not at the Silverstone Classic. Drivers, mechanics, marshalls all mixed with visitors in pure petrol head harmony…I likened the atmosphere to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Whilst FoS is a special event in itself you’re still not able to get too close to the cars or drivers.
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Maserati F1 Car Wheel Hub - Silverstone Classic 2014
1000 cars competed over the weekend in over 20 frantic races, the grids were huge and provided for some non-stop trading of paint throughout the weekend. I couldn’t keep up with the wealth of cars on show and on the track but I’m not going to lie, whilst the racing was fantastic and thrilling to watch, I was more concerned about getting up close to the machines.
Mini Cooper S - Silverstone Classic 2014
Silverstone Classic 2014 - Mini Cooper S
Because the Silverstone Classic 2014 was such a late call I didn’t have many expectations. I was literally left brain numb (in a good way) from the whole experience – the atmosphere was great, everyone I came across in the car clubs were so passionate about their cars and wow the cars…
Jaguar race car - Silverstone Classic 2014
Jaguar racecar - SIlverstone Classic
Jaguar race car - Silverstone Classic 2014
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BMW E9 CSL GT Car - Silverstone Classic 2014

The images here are a small sample of what was on show in and around the International Paddock set in the stunning new start finish straight pit building. I have lots more coverage from the Silverstone Classic planned, including some of the cars from the National Paddock, some of the many club cars on show as well as a selection of the best Porsche’s at the show. Stay tuned…


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The Sounds of Goodwood – Porsche

Porsche do Goodwood Festival of Speed in style, they go big with their stand presence and they have a heap of race spec cars from classic Le Man winners all the way up to Rally Spec 911’s…plus they went big last year for the 50th anniversary of the 911 with sponsorship of the iconic sculpture in front of Goodwood house. So when they published this video capturing the essence of Goodwood I thought it was definitely worth a share. Turn it up, absorb the noise and get a feel for the Goodwood atmosphere Porsche style…enjoy.


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The Porsche 356 – The Beginning

The Porsche 356 – The Beginning 

The Porsche 356 has become a cult classic and aside from the legendary 911, is the aspirational Porsche among collectors and air cooled “scene” guys. The Porsche 356 was the brain child of Ferdinand Porsche and launched the sports car brand in 1948, building what would become the foundation of modern Porsche’s, he’d hit on a design that would stand the test of time.

In today’s money the original souped up 40bhp power unit from the beetle wouldn’t class it as a sports car, more like a mobility scooter rival. However the rear wheel drive, rear engine’d Porker was sprightly and had “stop you in your tracks” looks as well as a rarity in those days among sports cars, comfort and reliability. The shape even today in the world of hard edge super cars still holds it own and is respected by car guys from California to Australia.


As a kid I had a Burago 356B Porsche diecast 1:18 scale model finished in cream with a tan interior, but being a budding 10 year old carpet race car driver it got battered and unfortunately is in a bit of a state. When I was wandering around Goodwood Festival of Speed this year and spotted a badass, near enough bang on version of the Porsche 356 I had as a boy the memories came flooding back! Sat in the Porsche owners club area I starred at it for ages like a deranged fanboy, long enough in fact to get the attention of the guy cleaning it who gave me a bit of background on the car…I couldn’t believe it when he told me the original owner traded it in for a VW Golf in 1980, man he must be kicking himself.

Porsche 356B - Porsche Owners club Goodwood Festival of Speed

For me retro and vintage cars ooze passion and soul, each of the individual components of the Porsche 356 were immaculately designed and crafted, from the swan neck wing mirrors to the sculpted door handles and intricate engine grill, Ferdinand Porsche created something that was simply beautiful down to the fine details…unlike the cars of today where the beauty and craftsmanship that gives a car it’s soul has gone awol.


In the early to mid 50’s Porsche introduced it’s own set of air cooled power plants and faster versions of the Porsche 356…true legendary status was well on it’s way to being achieved and the foundations for the iconic 911 were being layed.

Porsche 356B - Porsche Owners club Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Porsche 356 is a car that epitomises soul and passion and really for me sums up everything about retro and vintage cars. The thought and craftmanship that went into the design of everything on that car just speaks for itself. Ferdinand Porsche created something special, over 50 years later it is commanding some serious money and kudos in the collectors and vintage car guy world…I’m saving the pennies, I have a real itch for an Outlaw, more on those later.


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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 – High octane fuel and manor houses

The sound of screaming engines, tyre smoke, hi-octane fuel and fighter jets replaced the tranquil sound of chirping birds at the Goodwood House this last weekend in West Sussex, England. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the event for any petrol head since it’s creation in 1993 and for 4 days is home to some of the most historic race cars of all time.

No where on the planet can you watch vintage Cafe Racer Norton race bikes, F1 cars at full chat from every era, mad drift cars going sideways up the hill and NASCAR’s burning tyres as if they grow on the trees (that’s just a very small sample) and all in a stunning setting…there is simply nothing like it in the world.

It was always going to be a mixed show for me as I was working all weekend (doing the day job) so couldn’t explore it like a visitor, but every opportunity I got I took the chance to take in the atmosphere, wander around the paddocks and hill climb and get up close and personal to some of the most famous and amazing machines and people on show.

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The Audi 90 Quattro IMSA GTO was one of the stars of the show for me making a triumphant return to the hill in serious style, 720bhp from a turbo charged 5 cylinder…epic

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BBS Turbo fans work so well…

Ayrton Senna John Player Special

Goodwood Festival of Speed is unique in the respect that it is the only motorsport event outside of the Forumula 1 calendar that attracts the majority of current F1 teams…although there was a lot on show the bygone era cars were simply amazing. Ayrton Senna’s John Player Special F1 Turbo era car attracted a lot of attention and carries so much history and pedigree.

Ayrton Senna Honda McLaren Formula 1 Car

Another epic Ayrton racer was his championship Honda powered Mclaren…where else do you see a line up like this?

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Mercedes were celebrating 120 years of motor racing at Goodwood FoS, aside from the stunning sculpture arching over the house, also on show were a fleet of Silver Arrows, including this beauty. A huge highlight for me was watching Sterling Moss drive past me on a golf buggy wearing his light blue racing suit and leather loafers on his way to piloting a silver arrow up the Goodwood hillclimb. Again where else!

John Surtees Collection - F1

The collection of Surtees cars was again something to behold and beautifully presented…

Vintage LM racer Surtees

Vintage cafe racer bikes

More from the paddock…


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Aside from all of the Motorsport metal on show in the paddocks there were some seriously cool and well built rat rods that made it into the festival with their own beach. The Model A big block rat rods got a lot of attention and didn’t look out of place at all among the historic racers.

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There’s nothing like a priceless Shelby Mustang race car.



Despite all of the cars shredding up the track there were some seriously cool motorbikes on show and man did they sound incredible…they gave the turbo era F1 cars a run for their money!


The Porsche car club had a seriously clean Porsche 356 on show, the history if the car read that it was swapped in 1980 for a VW Golf…I bet the previous owner is kicking himself.



The 356 is the Grandfather of the Porsche 911 and is Ferdinand Porsche’s first creation. The 356 is simply stunning and this is an exceptional example.


Finally the Players crew were out in force and had some of the UK’s premier modified metal on show…it’s quite an honour for them to be invited to Goodwood FoS and is a testament to the quality and craftmanship that goes into their builds. The Playdat Datsun 610 pickup dropped on airride air bags with a custom fabricated frame held it’s own on the Goodwood estate.



A Volvo brick on air? Rollhard’s brickie baffled the motorsport crowd and got some serious attention





Last but by no means least is Milestone71‘s Porsche 964 finished in a stunning pink and dropped on over sized Fuch’s built by Rotiform. The rear form of the 964 just gets me everytime, the shape that fades away progressively into the rear bumper flowing around over the rear wheels give the car such stance when it’s lowered on the deck.


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Players Classic 2014 Goodwood

Players Classic 2014 x The Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit = WIN

Carl Taylor and Jamie McToldridge are known for some crazy car builds (BMW Artcars and the Playdat Datsun pickup to name a few) and putting on one of the best shows of the season – Players on an Essex air field in September. If that wasn’t enough, last year the Players boys decided to stick their necks out and launch a new show platform, Players Classic, held at the historic Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit in the UK. In only it’s second year it’s fast becoming the show of the season, the iconic back drop of the Goodwood Motor circuit with a mix of some of the best cars in Europe and some racing…it is a recipe that’s pure WIN.

The metal on show was simply impressive, cars had come from all over Europe to attend Players Classic 2014, the Players crew are mostly about the VAG marque however the mix of cars was varied to say the least, of course I was mostly interested in the vintage and retro rides, more precisely of the Bavarian BMW kind.

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There were 3 E21’s that all stopped me in my path, this Minty green 316 on air with cream centered Schmidt TH lines took the crown for me. Last year it was silver but with a lick of fresh paint for 2014 it was so clean, the colour scheme was spot on and the level of detail….kick me in the nuts cool.

Nardi steering wheel on e21 at Players classic 2014

Nardi deep dish steering wheel and short shift drag style gear stick added to the cool.

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I could check this rear end out all day…

Red E21 on Airlift from Goodwood Players Classic 2014

This red 316 was super clean, the BBS RS’s with red centre’s set the car off superbly…the stance was well catered for with a trusty Airlift bagged suspension set up. This thing had so must presence lurking in the Players Classic 2014 Goodwood pit garages, the double head light set up made for an even more double hard bastard stance.

There’s clearly a theme here, bagged E21’s are badass and they look sick, fact. Air is a bit marmite but personally I think it rules, the flexibility it offers from being able to achieve a hard parked aggressive stance for the shows and then juicing the air bags up to get a more UK road friendly drive height…no brainer right?

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And onto the third but by no means last E21…this Bavarian beauty was clearly exercising it’s mating call, it certainly worked and got my attention!

Again BBS RS’s seem the way to go, running 16’s rather than the arch filling 17’s on the red E21 but with the bronze centres and gold bolts it definitely held it’s own. The colour coded duckbill splitter sharpened up the front end nicely.

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Okay so it’s quite obvious that I’m a fan of the E21 and these examples were right up my street,  they offer something slightly different to what is the norm, they’re truly retro and for me have contributed the most toward why BMW is the success it is today, this after all is the beginning of the 3 series, where would BMW be without that?

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Aah the E28 better known by many as the 5 Series. Riding on BBS RF’s with a racked drag like stance this fine Bavarian beauty was low. The E28 has such a don’t mess with me front end aggression that it lends itself well to a drop and wheel change and this was no exception, it looked ready for battle. I love the boxy 80’s design of these back in the day luxury cruisers, the back quarter has such a cool shape.

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BBS RF’s polished to within an inch of their life with contrasting white centres and gold accessories, cor blimey!

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The famous BMW shark nose just lent itself so well to the racked stance…sheer stance and fitment perfection.

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I loved the cocked, off centre exhaust, something pretty distinguishable for BMW of that era with the 2002, E21, E24 and E28 to name a few all wearing the same. Again though the boxy design is so retro it’s cool.

You may have noticed some of my shots show some pretty wet cars, well it is British summer time after all and there was a freak monsoon downpour, the car gods eventually woke up and we had some cracking sunshine after that which caught a few fair skinned brits out at Goodwood.

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My bro is a big E30 fan but I’m drawn more towards the older bimmers…there were plenty on show though but this tasty number all the way from Belgium really stood out for me, the original bronze silver paint work was the same colour my Grandad had on his 325i Tourer so I was automatically engaged and yet again those oh so familiar BBS RS’s looked so at home.

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It’s not a Players Classic event without some Porsche 964 loving. Milestone 71 brought out some Porsche 964’s to die for…

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Excuse the iPhone shots, the looming monsoon I previously mentioned threatened to end of the life of my DLSR. This Dark Green 964 on Fuch’s remastered by Rotiform looked the nuts…I had some serious car envy, in the end I had to pull myself away for the want of not looking like a crazed super fan.

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That famous Porsche tail just gets better with age.

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I couldn’t ignore the MK1 Scirocco that Wheel Whores had on their display stand, it needs no introduction, just take it in.

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Despite my obvious love for BMW’s I wanted to finish my Players Classic 2014 coverage on this Hillman Imp, it was by far the coolest car at the show, I mean look at it. A British classic traditionally driven by anorak wearing older gents, transformed with a set of classic Ronal light weight mesh racing wheels and believe it or not, air ride! Enter a very cool retro ride…

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With Carl and Jay behind Players Classic 2014 it was surely going to be a success, but I think they smashed it. The cars on show were breath taking, the mix and variety was great to see and the appreciation for what was on show puts my faith back in the scene. Plyaers Classic is a must visit on any show calendar, bring on 2015.

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