JUN 07th 2014

On track today: Good clean fun with Players Classic (07/06)

If I told you that, right now, the air in the paddock hangs with the scent of car polish, I’d forgive you assuming it was a hyperbolic reference to the sheer amount of fevered car cleaning going on right now. But sometimes, reality doesn’t need augmentation. Such is the pride with which the modified cars at Players Classic are being displayed, the air really has taken on a new smell.

Dare I go as far as saying that the Volkswagens, Audis and BMWs here today are every bit as treasured and cared-for as the cars you’d see on the Cartier et Luxe lawn at the Festival of Speed?

Players Classic made its debut at Goodwood last year, and is one of a series of events that take place at different venues; North Weald airfield in Essex hosts Players Show, while Played Out will take place on Huntingdon Beach, California. Such was the success of Players at Goodwood last year that it has returned today – and with weather that may well rival the West Coast event. Well, almost.

It brings a completely different car culture to the circuit. Fevered racecar preparations that you’d see at the likes of the Revival or Members’ Meeting are replaced with meticulous detailing; the noise of race engines gives way to astonishingly loud sound systems blaring out Rudimental and Nicki Minaj. What unites them all? A love of cars.

While this post has been filed under ‘On track today’, it’s fair to say that the majority of the immaculate modified cars will remain safely tucked away in the paddock (and the same goes for their ‘rat look’ opposites). Track sessions are on the go as well, though, so it’s more than a static show ‘n’ shine.

It’s not often that GRR will bring you photos of modified hatchbacks running on huge alloy wheels and air suspension, but today is that day…

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