Va­ri­ety shines in Brom­ley

Quan­tity and qual­ity were on show as vis­i­tors en­joyed this one-day bash

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - James Sadlier

Brom­ley yet again of­fered a huge va­ri­ety of clas­sics at a venue so vast that you could eas­ily burn a week’s worth of calo­ries just walk­ing from one side of the site to the other.

New to the 2017 show was an an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the Porsche 928, with a large group of fine ex­am­ples tak­ing to the live stage. The com­mer­cial work­horses of yes­ter­day were also cel­e­brated this year by the His­tor­i­cal Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle So­ci­ety, which show­cased a fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion of clas­sics.

For many hard­core fans, the vis­i­tor car dis­play proved to be the high­light of the day, with the live stage of­fer­ing some action and en­gine roars to en­gage those new to the clas­sic scene.

The Stag Own­ers’ Club had an im­pres­sive 34-car dis­play, in­clud­ing John Cur­tis’ 1975 ex­am­ple be­low. He says the Stag is an un­der­es­ti­mated car and main­tains that these four-seater sports cars don’t over­heat! Vis­i­tors would have needed at least two days to ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery car on dis­play at Brom­ley. Roy and Su­san Shorter have owned this 1956 Mor­ris Ox­ford Cow­ley for 12 years. Pre­vi­ously in stor­age for 40 years, it needed only in­di­ca­tors to pass its MoT. The half-ton van has just 11,000 miles on the clock and still has its orig­i­nal tyres. Hazel Vin­cent bought her re­stored 1963 Mor­ris Mi­nor in 2016 with re­ceipts to­talling £7000, but it needed ex­ten­sive work in­clud­ing a new clutch as the pre­vi­ous one had been welded into place! Paul Lacey of The In­de­pen­dent Porsche En­thu­si­asts club (TIPEC) is sell­ing this 1991 928 GT for £28,000. It has re­cently un­der­gone a full ser­vice with cam­belt change with the ad­di­tion of a re­bur­bished in­te­rior and al­loy wheels. This ex­am­ple also has a dig­i­tal dash­board. 07928 298928 paul@928gt.net Bill Sham­brook with his 1985 Austin Mini City. Un­for­tu­nately the brakes started to bind on the way to Brom­ley, ne­ces­si­tat­ing some quick fixes at the show. The vis­i­tor dis­play at Brom­ley at­tracted al­most as much at­ten­tion as the show it­self. 928s take to the stage to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­say. Vince Dal­limore (above, also of TIPEC) says that the re­cent spike in prices has led to a parts short­age due to fewer 928s be­ing scrapped. He ad­vises that a plen­ti­ful his­tory adds value to these V8-hauied GTs. Steve Hill bought this 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 in Jer­sey ten years ago and it took three en­gine re­builds for it to run smoothly. His wife says that it gets hot sit­ting above the ex­haust, but is still more com­fort­able than a mod­ern car. Ford tech­ni­cians and Belfast Univer­sity used this early pro­duc­tion 1991 Ford Granada Scor­pio for train­ing pur­poses for years. Colin Old­field bought the time­warp 1400-mile car last year and he took it on its maiden voy­age on UK roads back in Jan­uary.

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