Variety shines in Bromley
Quantity and quality were on show as visitors enjoyed this one-day bash
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 email@example.com 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.