NORMAN PARK, BROMLEY, 5 JUNE
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