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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Re­port -

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.

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