By know I’m guessing you are guys are all quite familiar with Players, the group from the UK that’s been making some big waves with their series of automotive events, including their recent groundbreaking shindig at the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit. Well, this weekend they were at it again, trading the familiar scenery of jolly old England for that of Southern California’s sun-drenched beaches.
That’s right – the Players have exported their brand of automotive gatherings to the USA with an event called the Played Out Show & Shine, held in conjunction with some of their American-based partners like Rotiform Wheels and Air Lift Suspension.
In comparison to the events Players has held in Europe, this gathering is much smaller and more informal in nature – almost a vacation from the rigors of hosting a large car show. Of course that doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of cool cars to be seen and good times to be had.
The setting of the Orange County’s Sunset Beach neighborhood could not have been more fitting for this relaxed Saturday afternoon gathering.
The host venue for the event was a slightly funky restaurant and tiki bar called Don the Beachcomber, sitting right on Pacific Coast Highway just a stone’s throw from the ocean surf. It really doesn’t get much more ‘Southern California’ than this.
A wide variety of vehicles came out to enjoy the atmosphere, but as you might expect there was a large number of Audis and VWs in the mix. Because I haven’t had the chance to immerse myself in many of California’s Euro-centric car events, it was a nice opportunity to get a little taste of this scene.
While the majority of the VWs were cars from the last decade or so, there were a few early model Golfs and Rabbits that turned up – including this tidy little Mk.II.
Given Rotiform’s close relationship with the Players crew, and the fact that the company is based right in Orange County, there were plenty of cars sporting wheels from the wheel maker’s catalog.
The one-peice IND wheel seemed to be a popular choice among the VW and Audi and owners at the show. Can’t really argue with that simple, attractive design.
In contrast to events in Europe, this made for a good opportunity to see some of VW’s popular US market offerings, like this Mk.6 Jetta sitting nicely on a set of Rotiform BLQs.
Also on on hand was this example of VW’s US-built Passat with a trippy color-changing metallic paintjob. It’s cool to see some love for this new platform.
Also among the group were a few cars which have already been featured here on Speedhunters, including the positively badass Dubkorps S4 Avant.
Another Audi Avant bagged, accessorized and so clean you could eat off of it. This was one of many cars at the show that I’m sure would look right at home at one of the Players events in the UK.
What can I say? I’m just a sucker for wagons like this VW Mk.III dumped over a set of OEM Audi wheels and rubber band tires. Definitely not something you see often here in the US.
Also making an appearance was Brian Henderson’s Porsche 964 , fresh off its European tour and back on its home streets of Southern California. This was my first chance to see Brian’s machine in person and believe me when I say that it’s every bit as awesome as it is in photos.
Joining Brian’s car was a group of three more equally impressive street-going 964s, all done in a similar clean and tasteful style. I know Sean Klingelhoefer is organizing a group shoot with some of these cars, which I’m quite looking forward to.
Sometimes wheels and a drop are really all you need, as evidenced by this gangster-looking A8 bagged on a set of INDs. German VIP at its best.
Another one for the Audi lovers – a B8 S4 with yet another set of custom Rotiforms and a unique matte gray finish.
Once again, just a handful of changes completely alter what was already a damn impressive machine from the factory.
While I couldn’t be more happy with the set of KW coilovers I’ve got on my own Mk.6 GTI, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like the look of this four-door GTI airbagged down to the ground on BBS wheels.
Of course, not every car at the Played Out Show ‘N Shine was on air. Representing the more functional end of the spectrum was this E36 BMW M3 from Motorsport Hardware.
Along with its gutted and caged interior you can see the BMW’s BBS wheels with sticky Hankook tires and Corvette brakes. Oh yeah, there’s an LS1 swap under the hood too.
The event wasn’t just open to European cars either. Along with the selection of Audis, Porsches, BMWs and VWs, there were plenty of Japanese cars that came out as well.
At one point I spotted this absurdly low Z33 cruising down PCH like a rolling example of a comments section flame war.
Elsewhere I found this Suzuka Blue Honda S2000 with a set of aggressively-sized Work Emotions. Boy these cars have aged well…
How can you not like something like Rotiform’s Nissan Quest minivan on airbags? A US-take on the hot looking minvans that have been prowling the roads of Japan for ages.
No photoshop foolery here – you are looking at an almost identical pair of E36 BMWs.
In the end it didn’t really matter whether the car came from Japan, Germany or some place else – the Played Out Show & Shine was all about cool cars and relaxed vibes.
While it wasn’t an intense competitive car show or anything, there were still a handful of awards given out for the top cars at the event. Yes, those “trophies” are made out of Air Lift airbags.
The Best of Show winner even got to take home this behemoth of a custom trophy with half an air suspension kit on it. How’s that for a garage ornament?
That will do it for now, but I’ll return tomorrow with some more observations from this relaxed afternoon on the shores of Orange County.
Air Lift is right here in my home town so I support anything running on their bags. I love the Blue E36 the best I love the stance and rim/tire combo just looks ready to work.
VW Passat US Edition & built is way cooler than our European version. Here is long and high with economical engines
@greenroadster Interesting. I think a lot of VW people in the US have the opposite opinion. Haha.
@ChrisDavy Will look into that!
@Gomez85 No shame there!
Hey guys guess what. People can do whatever they want with THEIR cars. Now I'll be trying to find more photos of that yellow van if you need me! 0_0
Leave this all-stance no-performance stuff for illest.com or whatever. Or change your name from "SPEEDhunters". i hate this style, looks like a piano fell on the roof, i dont mind if people like it but keep it segregated there are already websites for this fad. I dont want to offend people but thats my strong feelings. Sorry for any english.
Okay then, SH. You're free to comment, but only if it's supportive and pleasant and fake and doesn't hurt anybody's delicate feelings. Fuck off. The 964s look like ass. Their owners take a fantastic handling and driving car, and completely take that aspect away, leaving them with something that's just slightly more interesting than a Beetle, and for what? To stir people up. Mission accomplished. That was totally worth ruining some good cars for, wasn't it?
Calling mint condition 964s that are so well maintained proves that you are simply wrong. I do not think that the addition of respectable aftermarket wheels is ruining them and I do not believe that a factory 964 was meant to have the ground clearance of a family sedan. Please channel you rage to something else. It has become a habit of yours. The language you are using is offensive when you tell someone to f off. Additionally, getting the approval of JDMized who mentioned that visits SH only once a month, but comments here on a weekly basis proves that you are both trying to stir people up deliberately.
@izzuera123 I thought that was cool too. Nice to see something that's not a Euro or Japanese plate!
Chances of increasing value for the 964 in general are decreasing proportionately to their ride height... Excellent guys. This means i'll be able to buy one soon and have it properly looking ;)
@maxproof Better act fast! From what I've heard 964 prices are rising pretty quickly :)
@moe79 Some like to go fast, some like to look cool. I can appreciate both myself, but to each their own.
@LouisYio I'm sure there will be another in the future.
i would never bag a porsche, but that doesnt mean i dont think they look amazing. That Nissan Quest on the other hand is just right. chill out dudes, there are enough cars for all of us.
"there are enough cars for all of us."
If I had bothered to register, you would definetly have my vote friend.
To much automotive narcisism going on in here lately.
@WOB Goblin cool, good to know. thanks dude
A little too much on the slammed society side of the spectrum for me, but some seriously awesome paint jobs and wheel combinations. That green paint on the VW is really cool. Definitely in love with that M3 though. Always a sucker for midnight blue. Nice cars though on the whole.
@regno @aussieANON Not to mention the torque curve of an LS1 compared to the stock E36 M3 motor. Personally I've never seen the problem with an LS swap into anything. Not only do you go way up in power and torque compared to most platforms without even turbo charging, but the cost effectiveness is just stupid. If you want to make cheap power the LS series is probably the most beneficial platform in the world.