Sil­ver­stone So­cial Clas­sic Car Meet

Plenty of room for club’s fu­ture growth at airfield

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

For a club that was only re­cently formed, the Sil­ver­stone So­cial Clas­sic Car Meet has quickly es­tab­lished it­self with a flex­i­ble ap­proach to en­cour­age a mix­ture of cars at its reg­u­lar meets.

Set up by for­mer rac­ing driver Scott Tem­ple last year, the non-profit club was formed for car en­thu­si­asts liv­ing in the Sil­ver­stone, Northamp­ton­shire area. Ini­tial meets were held at a lo­cal pub, and the club took part in a pa­rade lap on the full Sil­ver­stone GP cir­cuit in May dur­ing the His­toric Sports Car Club In­ter­na­tional Tro­phy Race Meet­ing.

For its June date, the club met for the first time at Tur­we­ston Aero­drome, a short drive from the A43, that has plenty of room for ex­pan­sion as the hard-stand­ing area has ca­pac­ity for up to 1000 ve­hi­cles. A cou­ple of hun­dred or so cars turned out, with the range en­com­pass­ing ev­ery­thing from an Austin 7 to turn-of-the-cen­tury ‘in­ter­est­ing cars’, stock and mod­i­fied.

A big at­trac­tion at Tur­we­ston Aero­drome is the Flight Deck Café from where vis­i­tors can watch air­craft tak­ing off and land­ing.

Scott was in­spired to set up the club when he was turned away from events by those who did not con­sider his 1988 Toy­ota MR2 MkIB to be a clas­sic.

‘We try to en­cour­age cars 20 years old and over but any­thing more modern than this needs to be rare and/ or in­ter­est­ing,’ says Scott.

The mix ob­vi­ously works and the so­cial side of this gath­er­ing bodes well for the club’s fu­ture – the next meet at Tur­we­ston Aero­drome is on Sun­day, 9 July.

a se­lec­tion of the cars at the in­au­gu­ral Tur­we­ston aero­drome meet show­ing the wide range of mar­ques and eras rep­re­sented.

Bar­bara and Grant walder from Northamp­ton with their Pearl Green 1993 Volk­swa­gen cor­rado Vr6. it’s Bar­bara’s daily drive.

club or­gan­iser scott Tem­ple with the car that started it all off – his 1988 Toy­ota Mr2 MkiB. ‘That’s my era of clas­sic,’ he says.

lo­cal racer Bar­rie ‘whizzo’ williams called in with his re­cently re­stored 1973 lan­cia 1600 Fulva HF and his dog solo.

re­ally hop­ing it doesn’t rain – Hamish stu­art and sally from raunds with their Old english white 1949 MG Tc.

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