THOR­NEY CLAS­SIC CAR SHOW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Reports -

THOR­NEY, NEAR PETER­BOR­OUGH, CAM­BRIDGESHIRE, 15 MAY

An Austin Cambridge taxi with 500,000 miles un­der its wheels was among the stars at the Thor­ney Clas­sic Car Show.

Held at the Cam­bridgeshire vil­lage’s mu­seum, the event at­tracted some 50 cars from a Ford Mus­tang to a rare 1934 BSA saloon. It was held in con­juc­tion with the Fen­land Bus­fest be­ing run in the nearby town of Whit­tle­sey.

The A55 cab, owned by Wis­bech & Dis­trict His­toric Ve­hi­cle Club mem­ber­ship sec­re­tary Derek Bond, is one only two re­main­ing from a short-lived taxi vari­ant of the model, sup­plied by BMC com­plete with il­lu­mi­nated roof sign and me­ter.

‘It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing sur­vivor,’ says Derek. ‘The car was new to a taxi firm pro­pri­etor in Cardiff who had a fleet of these cars and hand painted them from new. I’ve even man­aged to get in touch with the orig­i­nal driver.’

Thor­ney event or­gan­iser Tom Mort­lock says: ‘It has been re­ally suc­cess­ful and we’ve had a su­per va­ri­ety of cars. Many thanks to ev­ery­one.’ Nick Larkin Derek Bond’s 1969 Austin Cambridge was de­liv­ered new in taxi spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

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