‘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
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