Northamp­ton­shire’s nurs­ery for clas­sics!

Win­ning for­mula pro­vides a full field of dream cars

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

‘Any­thing-goes ap­proach draws a rich va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles’

If you’ve ever trav­elled along the A45 near Northamp­ton and looked across to the fields north of Junc­tion 10, then you might have won­dered what all those cars were do­ing parked up in the fields.

Whites Nurs­eries, Earls Bar­ton, is the venue for a pop­u­lar clas­sic car and bike meet that takes place on the first Wed­nes­day of the month in the evenings and also twice a year for a Sunday Brunch Meet.

While the Sunday events tend to at­tract fewer cars than the mid-week ones – 1000 plus at the April meet and near 700 in May – the any­thing- goes ap­proach in­vari­ably draws in a rich va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles.

There’s ev­ery­thing from pre­war ma­chin­ery to con­tem­po­rary con­ver­sa­tion pieces, all lined up across the field, with a se­lec­tion of trade stands and re­fresh­ment vans plus live en­ter­tain­ment for good mea­sure. It’s a straight­for­ward, but win­ning for­mula when done well, as here – the smell of bacon cook­ing and petrol en­gines pro­vides a heady mix!

On this oc­ca­sion the cars on dis­play in­cluded a pink Cadil­lac wed­ding car, plus sev­eral ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing ‘For Sale’ no­tices, in­clud­ing dif­fer­ent era MGs and a Volk­swa­gen T2 camper.

The next week­day evening meet is on 7 June (4:30pm-9pm) and the sec­ond Sunday Brunch Meet is on 16 July (9am-1:30pm).

Va­ri­ety is the keyword at the Whites Nurs­eries Sunday Brunch Meet, Earls Bar­ton. Neil Cal­laghan’s 1978 MGB Road­ster and Roy Shel­ton’s ex-chicken shed 1966 MGB.

Vince Cleary of Kemp­ston, Bed­ford­shire, has owned his 1972 Lo­tus Elan +2 for six years, and likes the ad­di­tional space it of­fers.

This 1937 Mor­ris 8 Se­ries 1, owned by Dr Jolyon Al­der­man, was ex­ported to New Zealand and re­turned to the UK in the 1990s.

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