WESTON PARK MOTORFEST
Allen Simcock’s 1989 Volkswagen Golf MkII Driver earned the prize for best closed 1980s car in the concours. The show’s open-top prize was won by Neil Foster’s 1980 Triumph TR8.
WESTON-UNDER-LIZARD, STAFFORDSHIRE, SUNDAY-MONDAY, 27-28 MARCH
Damage caused by Storm Katie meant the second day of this season-starter had be cancelled – but that didn’t stop more than 600 vehicles turning out for the event’s opening day.
Classic owners brought their cars to this year’s event from as far afield as Scotland and Northern Ireland. Among the star cars were John Heath’s 1926 Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer, which was named as the best car of the show, and Angie Gray’s 1972 Rover 2000TC, highlighted as the best club vehicle. New organiser Gemini Events – which took over from Transtar
Promotions – initially decided to go ahead with the show as weather forecasts said the storm would hit primarily the South East, but it was forced to cancel after torrential rain left the grounds of the stately home waterlogged on the Bank Holiday Monday morning.
Event director Stephen Smith says it was hugely difficult deciding to call off the show’s second day, but adds that anyone keeping hold of their vehicle passes will be given free entry into next year’s event.
‘We can plan everything up to the hilt but the one thing we cannot plan for is where a major storm is likely to strike’, he says. ‘It was heart-breaking to not be able to continue with the Monday – especially when the sun shone through that afternoon.’ Photography by Maria Gray