STARS & STRIPES
TATTON PARK, CHESHIRE, 2-3 JULY
The bass-heavy rumble of Detroit V8s firing up for demonstrations was punctuated only by the gunshots of Wild West re-enactments and Elvis tribute acts.
More than 1000 US car enthusiasts took their vehicles to Tatton Park for this two-day show, which attracted 22,000 visitors – fewer than turned out for Tatton’s two summer classic shows, but still enough to make it the UK’s biggest American car show.
The event was dominated by cars from the American Auto Club North West but other highlights included a display of 15 Chrysler PT Cruisers brought along by UKCruisers.net and Mopar Muppets’ display of classic big-block Detroit iron.
There was also a noticeable increase in the number of cars for sale compared to previous years, ranging from £1500 Cadillac Sevilles to freshly restored Corvettes and Mustangs.
Event organiser Stuart Holmes says: ‘The weather put a few people off on the Saturday but Sunday was one of our biggest events yet.
‘It always impresses me just how far people are prepared to travel in their classics to get to the show – we’ve had entries from Glasgow and Southampton, and a chap from Dublin on a scouting mission for his local club. He said he’ll be back with his friends next year, because he loved it!’ David Simister Bob and Julie Foster flew to Houston after buying this 1950 Plymouth Special DeLuxe online. The Burnley couple drove it across 13 US states to New York before shipping it to Britain. Tony Archer traded up to this 1966 Dodge Coronet from a Triumph Herald four months ago, having decided that he wanted a freshly-restored, ready-to-go classic. Tatton marked the first appearance of Gavin Harrison’s 1974 AMC Gremlin. It took him three years to restore it before respraying it (it used to be white) and fitting side exhausts. Michael Orton (second left) took his wife June, son-in-law Wayne Allan and daughter Kate Allan to the show in his 1964 Ford Mustang, which he’s owned for more than eight years.