Our Nick ends up chat­ting to par­rots at the En­field Pageant.

Thou­sands of peo­ple – and one par­rot – en­joyed this year’s En­field Pageant

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -


Scores of great clas­sics, big crowds and an ap­pre­cia­tive par­rot were all part of a very suc­cess­ful 39th En­field Pageant of Mo­tor­ing.

Rais­ing funds for the nearby Whitewebbs Mu­seum of Trans­port, the event was held over three days. As well as around 1500 clas­sic cars, many on club stands an ex­cel­lent selec­tion of Amer­i­can au­to­mo­biles, com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles were a ma­jor part of the event. A mas­sive selec­tion of au­to­jum­ble and an­tiques stalls, a fair­ground and live rock ‘n’ roll mu­sic were also en­joyed.

Mak­ing many friends was Maisie the five-year-old African Grey par­rot, brought along by her owner, stall­holder Ross Grant, who was also dis­play­ing his 1990 Car­bod­ies taxi, which has trav­elled more than a mil­lion miles. Maisie sat hap­pily on top of her cage and her owner’s shoul­der. ‘She’s def­i­nitely thor­oughly en­joyed the pageant,’ said Rob. The two have been to­gether since Maisie was six weeks old. The taxi­cab has ap­peared in Dead Man Run­ning and Sky­fall.

There were many fas­ci­nat­ing ve­hi­cles on dis­play, but one that es­pe­cially caught CCW’s eye was Ian and An­drea Berne’s LJ Todd steam car, built from orig­i­nal 1850s plans by Ray Mil­liken some 40 years ago. With just 2-3hp and a top speed of 10mph the ve­hi­cle is nev­er­the­less li­censed for the road. ‘We ac­quired the car af­ter I sold my Sen­tinel steam lorry. It’s eas­ier to keep but it still takes an hour or so to get up steam and you must have a boiler cer­tifi­cate,’ Ian ex­plained.

Or­gan­iser spokesman Colin Spong com­mented: ‘It’s been a great, great day – one of our best Pageants ever.’ Nick Larkin

Jaguar heaven, courtesy of the Jaguar Driv­ers’ Club. The as­sorted Ford clubs formed some ex­cel­lent dis­plays. A pre-war Rover 12 heads for home. Four­teen years af­ter its restora­tion Tracy Holmes’ 1958 Se­ries I Vaux­hall Vic­tor re­mains in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion. Brian Heale with the 1972 Toy­ota Cel­ica ST1600 he’s owned for 30 years. I just love these cars.’ The Vaux­hall VX4/90, sis­ter to the less sport­ing FB Vic­tor, is a real rar­ity nowa­days. This was in beau­ti­ful con­di­tion. An MG T-type grabs all the at­ten­tion. Ian and An­drea Berne’s LJ Todd steam car was built from 1850s plans. The un­ex­pected at the mas­sive au­to­jum­ble. Ross Grant, his mil­lion­mile Austin FX4 taxi and par­rot Maisie, who de­scribed the Pageant as ‘polly good’.

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