‘i’ve got a ferry to catch!’

Stricken MGF owner’s race to the Chan­nel high­lights all that’s good about this Brit clas­sic-fest

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - David Simis­ter

If there’s one clas­sic owner who em­bod­ies what this thriv­ing one-day show is about it’s Michael Be­necke. He drove all the way from Ger­many in his MGF to take part – only for its al­ter­na­tor to fail, prompt­ing a race against time to get the car re­paired.

The clas­sic car devo­tee, who’d trav­elled from Mönchenglad­bach in the 1998 car to look for spares, man­aged to find a re­place­ment part in the show’s three halls, and raced against time to fit the part and get the car work­ing again in time to make it to Dover for the cross-Chan­nel ferry. En­cour­ag­ingly the car had dis­ap­peared as the show drew to a close, so we can only hope he made the con­nec­tion home in the stricken MG. He says: ‘I al­ways en­joy com­ing to the show, even if it’s a 500-mile drive from home and a Chan­nel cross­ing to get to it.

‘It’s the per­fect place to come over and pick up spares that are harder to find on the con­ti­nent – I can’t think of a bet­ter place for my al­ter­na­tor to have gone!’ Away from the MGF re­pair, show­go­ers were able to en­joy more than 300 clas­sics in two sep­a­rate clas­sic-only park­ing ar­eas, two halls ded­i­cated to au­to­jum­blers and traders sell­ing spares, and car dis­plays from more than 20 of the na­tion’s MG and Tri­umph clubs. While the show’s or­gan­is­ers missed a trick by lock­ing the doors be­tween the spares stalls and the in­door clas­sic car park­ing ar­eas – draw­ing vis­i­tors away from the lat­ter – the event felt no­tice­ably busier than it did in 2016, with stand book­ings up 20 per cent on last year.

Michael Be­necke trav­elled all the way from Mönchenglad­bach in Ger­many in his 1998 MGF – only for the car’s al­ter­na­tor to fail at the show! regular read­ers might recog­nise richard Philpot’s 1959 Tri­umph Her­ald – Nick larkin tested it against the Ford anglia, Mini, Vauxhall Viva Ha and Hill­man imp in ccw last year. The Tri­umph Dolomite club’s stand in­cluded Bruce Jones’ heav­ily mod­i­fied car, chris­tened ‘Frankemite’, and Pete Morris’ 1980 Tri­umph Dolomite sprint, one of the last cars off the pro­duc­tion line. For­mer Tri­umph fac­tory worker Bill Map­per­son showed off his 1977 Tri­umph Dolomite 1500Hl au­to­matic.

This 1974 Tri­umph Toledo was in good com­pany, be­ing one of sev­eral that devo­tees had brought along to the event’s clas­sics in­door car park. whether it’s an orig­i­nal 1971 Tri­umph Her­ald 1200 or this re­stored 1965 MGB road­ster, cars from both mar­ques were warmly wel­comed. This 1946 Tc was not alone with both the MG car club’s T-type reg­is­ter and the MG Octagon car club tak­ing part in the club dis­plays. This 1968 Tri­umph 2000 au­to­matic has taken part in sev­eral round Bri­tain re­li­a­bil­ity run events, en­tered by Jonathan, Joseph and Tim Fal­low­ell. This 1956 Tri­umph Tr3 is in su­perb con­di­tion, but is no show queen, hav­ing been driven to France for the past two le Mans clas­sic events. Good coM­pany Mar­que choice TiMe for Ts very re­li­able french pol­ish

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