An education in hot rods
CHICHESTER COLLEGE, WEST SUSSEX, FRIDAY 25 MARCH
More than 200 US-bred muscle cars and hot rods met up at Chichester College for a one-day show.
Among the noisier classic entrants was Eric Humphrey’s street legal 1969 Pontiac Firebird, which hit its rev limiter when he fired up its 1400bhp twin turbocharged 6.7-litre V8 for a demonstration.
Classic Corvette Club UK brought along 30 or so cars, spanning all seven generations from a gleaming red 1958 C1 convertible through to the very latest C7. The earliest car on show was a 1925 Ford Model T Depot Hack, originally adapted to take passengers from railway depots and steamship piers to hotels and grand country estates
The ‘Best of Show’ award went to Derek Chapman’s 1938 Ford Standard Business Coupe rod, while ‘College’s Choice’ went to Steve Manzanero’s 1957 Cadillac Coupe De Ville.
More modern entrants included Paul Yorkshire’s ear-splitting 2007 Chevy Impala SS Nascar, which competed in the Sprint Cup Series in America on the Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen road course. Steve Havelock Steve Manzanero’s 1957 Cadillac Coupe De Ville picked up the College’s Choice award. He’s owned it for 19 years. Corvette fan Steve Borland with his C3-generation model. He’s planning its big outing for 2016 – Le Mans 24 Hours.