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The chance to meet a racing le­gend and a for­mer Top Gear pre­sen­ter while quaffing Peck­ham Spring wa­ter could all en­joyed at Bromley Pageant of Mo­tor­ing – along with more than 1000 clas­sics.

Derek Bell MBE talked about his ca­reer, which be­gan with win­ning at Good­wood in March 1964, and went on to ma­jor suc­cess in For­mu­las 1, 2 and 3, plus mul­ti­ple wins at both the Day­tona and Le Mans 24 hours. He co-pre­sented the pageant’s awards with Top Gear and BBC Break­fast Time stal­wart Sue Baker – and it’s not the first time they’ve worked to­gether, hav­ing pre­vi­ously shared a car on the Beau­jo­lais Run.

There was also chance to cool down with a bot­tle of au­then­tic Peck­ham Spring wa­ter on of­fer from Paul Allen, who raised more than £2500 for the Lit­tle Haven Hos­pice last year with his ‘Only Fools and Horses’ Re­liant Regal-based Su­per­van (be­low).

‘It re­ally is au­then­tic spring wa­ter and the van is au­then­tic too – it ap­peared in the highly mem­o­rable Jolly Boys’ Out­ing episode’, he says.

Sully Gur­dere’s beau­ti­ful 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190 picked up the or­gan­is­ers’ award for the day’s best car. Keith Sim­mons’ 1935 Austin Seven Ruby earned the plau­dits of best pre-WWII car, and the His­toric Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle So­ci­ety took the ac­co­lade for best club stand with an as­ton­ish­ingly di­verse dis­play.

Def­i­nitely a unique ve­hi­cle was Martin Smith’s Cos­motron one-off show-stealer. He says: ‘I was al­ways fas­ci­nated by the var­i­ous Cos­ma­tron con­cepts put to­gether by Ed Roth in Amer­ica dur­ing the 1960s, but this one was built a cou­ple of years ago by Paul Ba­con in Bri­tain a cou­ple of years ago. It’s based on a BMW Z3 and it’s road le­gal. You def­i­nitely won’t find an­other one.’ The Simca Own­ers Club’s stand was a show high­light, in­clud­ing the only

known Bri­tish-mar­ket Simca 1300. The 1965 car was with one fam­ily for many years be­fore pass­ing to Guy May­lam, who has sev­eral rare Sim­cas.

It com­peted for show­go­ers’ ad­mir­ing glances with the nearby Tal­bots, in­cludin Colin Hill’s 1984 So­lara Minx and Stuart Wade’s 1981 Hori­zon.

This year’s pageant was also used to launch a new club – there’s no prizes for guess­ing what the Croy­don Rover Own­ers’ Club caters for, but it’s plan­ning to get to plenty more shows this sum­mer. Get in touch with Al­bert Wey­man on 07958 688259 if you’d like to get in­volved. Nick Larkin

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