FESTIVAL OF SCENE
Players Classic has become the London Fashion Week for our scene. We popped along to see what’s hot and were delighted to find that, despite the lockdown enforced hiatus of last year, it’s lost none of its pazazz…
As the blurb on the Players’ website says, this is the weekend where modified cars can be found “disrupting the manicured lawns and tranquillity of Goodwood Motor Circuit”. Hard to believe that the first Players Classic was way back in 2013. It quickly became a must-attend fixture on our calendars. 20-years ago in the good old days, we all revelled in the burnouts and bad behaviour of the illegal cruise movement. It was a good laugh whilst it lasted but the damage it caused to the image of modified cars was longlasting. If you’d have predicted at the time that tuner cars would be welcome at Britain’s premier historic motor racing venue you’d have been laughed out of town. Slowly but surely public perception of our scene is changing. The creativity, style, ingenuity, and above all else, atmosphere that is evident in Lord March’s back yard over the now two-day event has done wonders for the gravitas and changing face of our movement and that is in no small part due to the careful selection, liaison and hard work of the Players team. We salute you.
The formula for the event is now well established with Saturday providing track action and drift demonstrations with a backdrop of show cars. Sunday is a more chilled-out affair where the track is used for displaying yet more draw-dropping rides. This year saw restrictions on numbers due to the ongoing pandemic-related rules and it was testament to the popularity of the show that it rapidly sold out. Whilst the crowds were noticeably smaller and social distancing and hygiene measures were rightly enforced, the Players’ magic was still there and the broad church of automotive styles, ages and marques helped to create the ‘anything goes’ relaxed vibe that we have come to expect and love. ■