Four halls of spares, cars... and loads of European classic fans
STONELEIGH PARK, WARWICKSHIRE, 21 FEBRUARY
A staggering quantity of replacement parts and rare spares for sale helped draw MG and Triumph devotees from all over Europe to this one-day event.
This crowded season-opener felt busier than last year’s event, with trade stands taking over three of Stoneleigh’s halls and the club stands spilling over into a fourth, normally reserved for showgoers’ classics.
There was also advice on offer from 28 clubs: the Triumph Dolomite Club focused its display on regularlydriven cars, while the Triple-M Register showed off a 1935 MG PB raced in the 1930s by Maurice Toumlin.
Visitors, traders and clubs we spoke to were universally upbeat about the event. Triumph Sports Six Club club director David Embrey said: ‘We had a lot of visitors using our club shop and signing up as members. The show also felt more organised, particularly on the parking side – there was none of last year’s chaos of visitors struggling to get in.’
Stoneleigh is traditionally the first outing of the year for a lot of MG and Triumph owners, so it’s good to see it back on track with big crowds, a cheery atmosphere and a lot of great cars on display. David Simister
Naggers Auto Club grew out of five friends taking their classics on a trip to France and now caters for more than 40 cars. Here are members with a 1971 Triumph Vitesse MkII, 1969 MGB GT and 2003 MG ZR on the club’s stand.
Graham Allen has owned his 1971 Triumph Herald 13/60 for 15 years, and uses it mainly for holidays and weekend runs.
David Marshall’s Triumph Dolomite 1850 once appeared in
as an unrestored car. The 1972 auto is a rolling resto.
Walter Petchey’s business TR North Essex, which stocks MG and Triumph spares, had this splendid 1962 MGA MkII on his stand.
Gary Robinson with daughter Becky. Gary bought the 1979 MGB GT and a Ford Capri from a person to whom he delivered a parcel.
Marc Cheney with his 1964 Triumph 2000 MkI and Neil Brown
alongside his 1971 Triumph 2.5 PI, now fitted with a Stag V8.