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A beau­ti­fully pre­sented Re­nault Floride that spent three decades in a garage be­fore a decade-long stint at the man­u­fac­turer’s Manch­ester show­room was one of 2700 spec­tac­u­lar clas­sics at Tat­ton Park’s 30th an­niver­sary ex­po­si­tion.

David Ainsworth’s 1962 model – which has 15,000 miles un­der its wheels – took part in the 300-strong arena ded­i­cated to pri­vately-en­tered clas­sics, but it was the 80 clubs tak­ing part that pro­vided the bulk of the en­tries at the Cheshire stately home.

The Rochdale Vin­tage and Col­lec­tor Car Club raised money for the World Wide Fund for Na­ture with its En­dan­gered Species ex­hi­bi­tion. Posters of the nat­u­ral world’s threat­ened an­i­mals were shown along­side ve­hi­cles that are now close to ex­tinc­tion, in­clud­ing an Opel As­cona 1600S au­to­matic, the only one left reg­is­tered in the UK.

The TR Reg­is­ter, Jaguar En­thu­si­asts’ Club and XR Own­ers’ Club also weighed in with hefty dis­plays but the sin­gle big­gest show­case of his­toric metal was pro­vided by the Mercedes-Benz Club, which had a com­mend­able 48 cars on its stand.

Alan Cross, the club’s North West re­gional of­fi­cer, says: ‘Tat­ton Park is one of the big­gest re­gional dis­plays the club puts on any­where in the coun­try, – it’s al­ways over­sub­scribed by mem­bers want­ing to take part be­cause it’s so pop­u­lar.

‘It’s a won­der­ful show and we al­ways get a great re­sponse from peo­ple want­ing to come and look at the cars.’ David Simis­ter Be­fore David Ainsworth picked up his 1962 Re­nault Floride three years ago it’d spent 30 years sit­ting in a garage. The West Lan­cashire MG Own­ers’ Club took 12 cars in­clud­ing Richard Sherman’s 1953 TD MkII and Nigel Malyan’s 1980 ‘B.

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