Working with Performance Direct, I get to cover a lot of events, but Modified Nationals has always been my favourite.

It’s always big with a huge club turn out, live stages and a great atmosphere. Having part of it under cover also helps when the weather turns a little British as it has for the last couple of years. No problems with that this time around though as the sun shone from Saturday morning to Sunday night, helping to dry out the eager campers who pitched their tents in Friday night’s slightly less pleasant weather.

For  a show of this scale we had three photographers on the ground over the weekend with Darren Skidmore, Grant Buchanan and myself fanned out over the East Of England Showground to be able to give you the full flavour.

Modified-Nationals-2013 Feature

New this year was the addition of the Hot Rod, Custom and American Car Show. It’ll be interesting to see what each scene took away from the other to use in future builds. In fact, some white walled tyres and shotgun shell casings were hastily added to this VW before the weekend was out.

Car cultures merging at Modified Nationals 2013?

Even though it’s not exactly American, this Datsun had some US style low rider tricks up it’s sleeve in the Top 50 concourse.

Datsun Lowrider at Modified Nationals 2013

The American Car Show had it’s own indoor area too with some incredible cars on show as well. The sheer amount of work needed to qualify for the Best In Britain trophy was plain to see.

Stunning Hot Rods at the Hot Rod, Custom & American Car Show, part of Modified Nationals 2013

Another stunning hot rod at Modified Nationals 2013

Some incredible customs at the Hot Rod, Custom & American Car Show, part of Modified Nationals 2013

And you can’t have an American car show with out the ultimate American car. The ‘Stang!

America Muscle - The mighty Mustang

There was also a live stage with a range of rockabilly bands. Meanwhile, on the outdoor stage, car show favourites Richie Don and MC Stallion did their thing.

MC Stallion & Richie Don rock the crowds at Modified Nationals 2013

Entertainment at Modified Nationals 2013

And of course the Performance Direct promo girls, Faye and Michelle were on site all weekend adding a little glamour.

Faye and Michelle bringing some glamour to the world of insurance

And possibly a child minding service!

Michelle, Performance Directs new childminder, in action

Michelle’s full-on, drift spec 200SX was back on the stand and people still don’t believe it’s actually hers.

Michelle's angry drift 200SX

If Euro or Jap is more your scene, the Autoglym Top 25 would have been more up your street with some incredible attention to detail.

Autoglym Top 25 at Modified Nationals 2113

Faye Evette bringing some Performance Direct glamour to the show

Stunning S2000 in the Autoglym Top 25 at Modified Nationals 2113

There were some very nervous looking owners watching closely as this monster trucked squeaked its way between the finalists.

Monster trucks and showcars don't mix!

Modified truck at Modified Nationals 2013

And what would be a modified car show without the girls? The Maxxis babes Nickie-Ann and Laura were handing out posters and posing for pictures…

Maxxis Babes Nickie-Ann and Laura at Modified Nationals 2013

…while Sarah took some time off from Performance Direct to promote Players.

Sarah promotes Players at Modified Nationals 2013

After a long day in Lycra, there’s only one thing for it: hop in a tiny electric car and make a mad bid for freedom!

Faye makes a break for it

Photos by: Simon Pow, Darren Skidmore, Grant Buchanan

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