Re­view: Bri­tish Cars and Life­style

Jaguars and MGs com­pete with red tele­phone boxes at a quintessen­tially Bri­tish show – in the Nether­lands

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Simis­ter and James Sadlier

The sight of red tele­phone boxes and Metropoli­tan Po­lice bob­bies in the heart of the Nether­lands wasn’t enough to over­shadow the Jaguars, MGs and Tri­umphs wow­ing the crowds at this two-day cel­e­bra­tion of Bri­tish clas­sics.

The con­straints of the Au­totron in­door halls lim­ited the num­ber of clas­sics on dis­play to 172 – but more than 25 clubs were rep­re­sented, as well as deal­ers from across Europe. Club high­lights in­cluded a mock-up of the Bri­tish coun­try­side – in­clud­ing two TR7s – from TR Club Hol­land, a mo­tor­sport-themed dis­play from En­glese Ford Club Ned­er­land (which in­cluded a rally-pre­pared Anglia 105E and Es­cort MkI) and the Rover Club of Hol­land’s 75-themed stand, which brought to­gether a 1949 Cy­clops with a 2004 75 Club V6.

But the num­ber of clas­sics at the venue was eas­ily dou­bled by vis­i­tors’ cars on dis­play out­side – check out our Face­book page to see the best.

Event di­rec­tor Martin de Vries says the show was no­tice­ably busier than in 2016, with many vis­i­tors com­ing from across Europe – and Ger­many in par­tic­u­lar.

‘ We have a huge mar­ket for Bri­tish cars here and mag­a­zines cov­er­ing them, so the show is a lot stronger than when it started in 1992.

‘A big part of it is the life­style el­e­ment, which means the event has a very big fe­male fol­low­ing too, which is a big part of its suc­cess.’

Thalysa Geurts and Shadee Ac­ton were pro­mot­ing the Bri­tish Race Fes­ti­val – a vin­tage re­vival in Zand­voort, Hol­land on 8-9 July.

Peter ten Bruggen­cate and Peter Plas­manas of the TR Club Hol­land say this 1979 Tri­umph TR7 is an un­der­rated car and drivng it is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence. Owner Peter, right, says the de­sign is what makes it so spe­cial.

RIGHT Rob­bert, Lieke and Mer­tien de Bie of the Austin A30-A35 Ei­genaren Club show off their 1949 Austin A90 At­lantic, 1957 A35 sa­loon and 1961 A35 Coun­try­man re­spec­tively. The At­lantic was dis­cov­ered in Texas in its cur­rent state and Rob­bert hopes to re­build the en­gine and chas­sis but re­tain the rus­tic body pan­els. The A35 sa­loon was also dis­cov­ered as a stripped shell and Rob­bert man­aged to save it from the scrapheap. Ten years later, it’s in con­cours con­di­tion.

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