It’s a hit for Club Square

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

One of the big im­prove­ments over last year’s in­au­gu­ral show was the ex­panded space given to clas­sic clubs, who got their own hall with room for more than 60 clas­sics.

Ten clubs took part in the event’s Car Club Square dis­play. At­ten­dees in­cluded the As­ton Martin Own­ers’ Club, which showed off the DBS from the 1970s TV se­ries

The Per­suaders!, and the Jaguar Driv­ers’ Club, which had a 1933 SS1 on its stand. Mean­while, the BMW Car Club pro­moted a year of spe­cial events to tie in with the man­u­fac­turer’s cen­te­nary.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Clas­sic Corvette Club UK said its six-car stand was a hit with show­go­ers and that mem­bers were def­i­nitely look­ing to come back next year: ‘We’ve been swamped with vis­i­tors look­ing at the cars, and we had quite a few of them sign­ing up as mem­bers as well. As a show it feels a lot less fre­netic than the NEC, which for us is a good thing be­cause peo­ple seem to have much more time to come over and talk to us.’

‘Our stand at the show is all about build­ing peo­ple’s aware­ness of what we do, and in terms of peo­ple com­ing over and look­ing at the Quat­tros the show’s done a great job. Plenty of peo­ple have peered at the en­gines and run their hands along the car­bon­fi­bre weave on some of the cars – even though it means there are a few grubby fin­ger­prints left af­ter­wards,’ says Roger Galvin, chair­man of the Audi Quat­tro Own­ers’ Club.

A 1967 Lam­borgh­ini Miura P400, 1987 Countach and 1987 Fer­rari F40 on Evo­lu­tion of the Supercar dis­play.

Mercedes-Benz Club mem­ber Ge­of­frey Hunter showed off the 1965 600 that he’s owned for 10 years and reg­u­larly takes to Europe on tours.

Peu­geot was one of the man­u­fac­tur­ers that lent its sup­port with a mo­tor­sport-themed dis­play which in­cluded this 1988 405 T16 that was driven by Ari Va­te­nan on two Paris-Dakar ral­lies.

Fer­rari pro­duced just over 1300 F40s and all of them were orig­i­nally painted red. This 1992 ex­am­ple was brought back to Maranello in or­der for it to be re­sprayed in mag­nif­i­cent blue.

This 1965 Dai­hatsu Com­pagno was one of the first Ja­panese cars im­ported into the UK, and was used as part of a demon­stra­tion to il­lus­trate the na­tion’s man­u­fac­tur­ing prow­ess.

Born more than half-a-cen­tury apart, this 1925 Bent­ley 3.0-Litre and 1976 Lotus Esprit SI were among the clas­sics fly­ing the flag for Bri­tain in the Grand Av­enue pa­rades.

As­ton Martin used the event to show off sev­eral ve­hi­cles from its her­itage divi­sion, in­clud­ing this 1958 DB MkIII and 1953 DB3S, a for­mer David Brown Rac­ing Team car.

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