Re­port: Great Western Clas­sic Car Show

Im­mac­u­late 1600E MkII takes top hon­ours at newly ex­panded Shep­ton Mal­let show

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Simister

’It’s very easy to talk to the own­ers and find out more about the cars’

A Jaguar 420 fresh from its ap­pear­ances in a hit ITV drama, a packed au­to­jum­ble and a huge out­door dis­play of show­go­ers’ clas­sics were the high­lights of this ex­panded two-day sea­son starter at Shep­ton Mal­let.

The event’s or­gan­is­ers used an ad­di­tional hall at the Royal Bath & West Show­ground venue to up the num­ber of club stands at the first of its three Bris­tol-fo­cused clas­sic shows this year, while any­one think­ing of buy­ing a clas­sic could visit Char­ter­house’s sale held at the show (see next week’s is­sue for our full re­port). Vis­i­tors were also en­cour­aged to park their cars in a clas­sic-only park­ing area, re­sult­ing in a dis­play of more than 300 cars.

The club dis­plays in­cluded an ex­hibit of eight Tri­umphs and Stan­dards from the Nor­ton Rad­stock Ve­hi­cle Club and a six-car stand from the Ford Side­valve Own­ers’ Club, while the show judges picked a Jaguar 420 used in the foot­ballthemed TV se­ries Tina and Bobby as the week­end’s most in­ter­est­ing clas­sic.

A 1969 Ford Cortina 1600E, one of nine cars shown by the MkII Cortina Own­ers’ Club, was named Car of the Show.

Som­er­set branch spokesman Adrian How­ell says: ‘It doesn’t seem much big­ger than last year’s event and the cars are roughly the same, but there’s a very good mix of clas­sics on show.

‘ The beauty of this event is that there’s a nice, ap­proach­able feel to it all – it’s very easy to talk to the own­ers and find out more about the cars, which you’re not al­ways able to do at other events’.

Event man­ager Andy Kitchen says that the show was well re­ceived, with at­ten­dance up 15 per cent from 2016.

He says: ‘What a great week­end! There’s been su­perb feed­back from vis­i­tors, ex­hibitors and traders and we’re de­lighted that our ex­panded Fe­bru­ary event has been so well re­ceived. Roll on the sum­mer for our Foot­man James Bris­tol Clas­sic Car Show.’

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