Young­timer Car Show

Stately home has a long his­tory of sup­port­ing cars

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Acel­e­bra­tion of 1970s-’00s clas­sics set among some im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture pro­vided a win­ning com­bi­na­tion in Cheshire.

Crisply mowed lawns, per­fectly kept gar­dens and clas­sic cars nes­tled amid the El­iz­a­bethan ar­chi­tec­ture of Gawsworth Hall – the back­drop for the sec­ond Young­timer Car Show, which this year was sup­ported by car in­sur­ance spe­cial­ist Ca­role Nash.

This in­for­mal, fam­ily-ori­ented gath­er­ing has ex­panded from its ini­tial roots, while con­tin­u­ing to take full ad­van­tage of this state­ly­home and man­i­cured gar­den set­ting. See­ing a col­lec­tion of older cars laid out on the lawn of a grand old English coun­try house works beau­ti­fully – the cel­e­bra­tion of old ar­chi­tec­ture and car de­sign go­ing hand-in-hand.

Show or­gan­iser Ru­pert Richards ex­plained the think­ing be­hind the show venue. ‘Gawsworth Hall is an an­cient manor house that’s wrapped in ro­mance, in­trigue and great charm. It also has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with mo­tor­ing – the first recorded event was held in the grounds by the Manch­ester Au­to­mo­bile Club in 1902, so they’d have been fairly new cars then,’ says Ru­pert. ‘This show cel­e­brates cars and mo­tor­cy­cles of a model type-man­u­fac­tured be­tween 1970 and 1990, or those fit­ting the Young­timer ethos.’

’The cel­e­bra­tion of old ar­chi­tec­ture and car de­sign go handin-hand’

An awe-in­spir­ing se­lec­tion of Young­timer cars dis­played in the glo­ri­ous grounds at Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire.

1977 XJC 4.2 coupé stole plenty of hearts on the day.

John Brady’s su­perb 1980 Alpine A310 V6 stood out from the crowd this year.

Rare Vaux­hall Cav­a­lier SR MkII has Re­caro front seats from an Opel Manta.

This im­mac­u­late Clio Williams was joined by VW Golf GTIs, MG Met­ros and Peu­geot 205s.

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