South­port Fes­ti­val


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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

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