Tatton Park Classic Car Spectacular
Car fans capture the national mood at the North’s biggest classic show
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!