SOUTHPORT, MERSEYSIDE, 12-20 MARCH
The best classics from Merseyside’s Festival of Speed
A restored Lotus Elite in the same ownership since 1972 was the star of a classic concours at the finale of Southport’s week of motoring events.
The Segrave Concours d’Elegance was held to tie in with the 90th anniversary of Sir Henry Segrave breaking the world land speed record on the resort’s beach (p3). The 1960 Elite, owned by Graham Williamson, was chosen as the overall winner, with Graham Martin’s 1948 Rover 75, Dennis Shaw’s 1961 Messerschmitt KR200 and David White’s 1910 Sunbeam among the other classics to pick up awards.
Among the show’s judges was CCW columnist Steve Berry, who praised the event’s picturesque venue and the free attendance for showgoers.
‘The great thing about this event is everyone is in it together, from bubble cars to vintage Bentleys. It’s a real coming together of enthusiasts,’ he says.
Following the 35-strong concours and accompanying classic displays in the resort’s Kings Gardens the entrants took their cars along Lord Street – the town’s Victorian thoroughfare – for a parade to bring the week of Segrave-linked events to a close.
Resort MP John Pugh presented the awards to the concours winners and says he hopes the event’s success will pave the way for a new annual classic show for Southport. ‘I just love the fact that so many people have treasured cars that might otherwise have gone to the scrapheap,’ he says.
‘Despite not being hugely publicised beforehand this event has been very successful. The loss of the Woodvale Rally in its original format was a loss to the town and I think this has gone a long way to reviving the enthusiasm for this sort of event here. This show is what a seaside resort should be all about – fun and celebration.’ David Simister