Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event News -

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.


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

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