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