Bris­tol Clas­sic Car Show

From Bond to The Saint, Bris­tol de­liv­ers its long-run­ning recipe for suc­cess at Shep­ton Mal­let

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - Dave Burnard

The Foot­man James Bris­tol Clas­sic Car Show claims to be the long­est run­ning event of its kind in the UK, with this year’s event be­ing the 38th edi­tion.

The Royal Bath & West Show­ground in Shep­ton Mal­let pro­vides a fan­tas­tic venue, with ea­ger clas­sic en­thu­si­asts cel­e­brat­ing four-wheeled icons from Jensen and Rover to marvel­lous marques like Jaguar and Porsche. The BCCS has also in­tro­duced the Clas­sic Amer­i­can Car of the year heat, which will see a win­ner go through to the fi­nal stages of the com­pe­ti­tion at the NEC’s Clas­sic Mo­tor Show in Novem­ber.

This year’s show in­cluded a fab­u­lous ar­ray of clas­sic cars, from the ex­tra­or­di­nary ap­pear­ances of a 1950’s Bond Minicar Mark A and a 1964 Heinkel Tro­jan 200 bub­ble car, to the 1962 Volvo P1800 – ST 1 – used by the late Roger Moore in the cult 1960s TV se­ries, The Saint.

Loyal car clubs turned out in their droves, pro­duc­ing great ex­hi­bi­tions with the Austin Ten Driv­ers’ Club’s Wings & Wheels-themed dis­play and Volvo En­thu­si­asts’ Club cel­e­brat­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s 90th an­niver­sary with a strong line-up of var­i­ous mod­els produced from 1960-2000.

Pro­vided through­out the spa­cious halls of the show venue was a range of busy traders and a huge au­to­jum­ble area.

Var­ied austin power with (left to right): 1935 austin 7, 1965 austin Mini Moke and 1956 austin a35 pick-up.

reg watts, caro­line Gran­than, alastair Mur­ray, Mark Gran­than and Brenda watts are dressed for the oc­ca­sion for the austin Ten Driv­ers’ club’s wings & wheels dis­play.

This 1962 Volvo P1800 ‘sT 1’, aka 71 DXc, was the orig­i­nal roger Moore car from The saint TV se­ries. it is cur­rently owned by kevin Price, who car­ried out a full seven-year restora­tion of the ve­hi­cle.

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