Tatton Park Clas­sic Car Spectacular

Car fans cap­ture the na­tional mood at the North’s big­gest clas­sic show

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

This two-day event – which brought more than 2600 clas­sics to­gether – had a more poignant feel than usual, be­ing held less than a fort­night af­ter the ter­ror­ist at­tack in nearby Manch­ester.

The Tame­side Car Col­lec­tors cap­tured the mood, with all 32 clas­sics on their ex­pan­sive stand dis­play­ing ‘I Love Manch­ester’ stick­ers. Other clubs that made the most of the week­end included the Tame Val­ley Vin­tage and Clas­sic Club, which squeezed 38 cars into a tightly packed stand, while the Wolse­ley Own­ers’ Club used the event to host its WOCFest na­tional rally. Re­gional di­vi­sions of the TVR Car Club, TR Reg­is­ter and Mercedes-Benz Club also staged some of the larger one­make dis­plays, with mem­bers be­ing en­cour­aged to swap ve­hi­cles overnight to max­imise the show’s clas­sic turnout.

Come the prize-giv­ing, Steve Fo­den, 24, won the Fu­ture Gen­er­a­tion tro­phy for his Jaguar E-type restora­tion, while 16-yearold Matthew Smith picked up the Car of the Show award for his pris­tine Toy­ota MR2 MkI.

Show or­gan­iser Stu­art Holmes says: ‘It’s al­ways a buzzing show, but over the last five or six years, par­tic­u­larly when we’ve ad­ver­tised on TV, vis­i­tor num­bers have gone through the roof at Tatton Park.

‘The clas­sics on show are al­ways stunning too – that MR2 was like some­thing straight out of a Toy­ota show­room!’

This 1927 Sun­beam 16.9 Tourer spent more than five decades in stor­age af­ter be­ing taken off the road in the 1950s, but was fully re­stored a decade ago. Tame­side Car Col­lec­tors’ stand at Tatton Park included Bryan Richard­son’s 1974 MG Mid­get, Jeff Leah’s 1950 MG TD and Peter Gar­cia’s 1968 Tri­umph Herald. Tony Al­cock bought this 1957 Austin A55 Cam­bridge out of CCW’s clas­si­fieds last Oc­to­ber, and has been en­joy­ing smarten­ing it up since. Peter Moore’s 1928 Viking is be­lieved to be the sole sur­vivor in the UK. Elain Wright’s 1965 Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle was orig­i­nally a US-spec model, and is fit­ted with a rare fac­tory-fit slid­ing roof. The Wolse­ley Own­ers’ Club held its WOCFest within the show. Tom Hy­land is seen with this 1953 4/44, and fel­low mem­ber Steve Dar­nell. Gra­ham Lo­mas brought along his 1983 Tri­umph Ac­claim – you can see his other clas­sic in our Prestatyn re­port over the page!

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