IF IT AIN’T BROKE...

A strict fo­cus on pre-1973 clas­sics helps to boost Newby Hall’s at­ten­dance by more than 100 cars over last year’s event, and there are no plans to change it

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - David Simis­ter

Afirm fo­cus on pre-1973 cars and an in­sis­tence on stick­ing to a proven for­mat helped to draw more than 1400 clas­sics into York­shire for this one-day show – 100 more than at 2016’s event.

Or­gan­ised by the North of Eng­land Clas­sic and Pre War Au­to­mo­bile Mo­tor­ing Club and held in the grounds of the Grade I-listed 18th cen­tury coun­try house, this lon­grun­ning show di­vided the en­trants ’These are ve­hi­cles your grand­fa­ther or fa­ther might have owned’ up into a mix­ture of age- and mar­que-spe­cific classes, all of which were in the run­ning to be named the day’s best car by the club’s judges.

Plenty of the grounds were taken up too by York­shire re­gional branches of the clas­sic world’s big­ger clubs – where if you kept your eyes peeled you could oc­ca­sion­ally see a cou­ple of clas­sics from the late 1970s sneak­ing in!

High­lights in­cluded the North York­shire area of the Stag Own­ers’ Club, which brought 51 cars, a 35-car turnout from the Daim­ler and Lanch­ester Own­ers’ Club, and a 16-car dis­play dom­i­nated by In­ter­cep­tors and FFs from the Jensen Own­ers’ Club. The only ex­cep­tion to the pre-1973 rule was a Fu­ture Clas­sics area, com­pris­ing 50 pre-1994 cars brought by the or­gan­is­ing club’s mem­bers.

Show or­gan­iser, Harry Fletcher, said that the rally’s hosts at Newby Hall are de­lighted with the event’s suc­cess, and don’t in­tend to ex­pand it any fur­ther by branch­ing out into newer clas­sics or by mak­ing it a two­day event.

He says: ‘This clas­sic show at Newby Hall is unique, as we don’t al­low any­one to bring along a car younger than 1973. These are ve­hi­cles that you just don’t see any­more, that your grand­fa­ther or fa­ther might have owned.

‘They’ve out­lived what was orig­i­nally in­tended, but they’ve been so well looked af­ter that they now form what’s part of a lovely show.

‘ We’re one of the few shows that has strict cri­te­ria, and we’d never think about al­ter­ing it.’

This 1957 Austin A35 is af­fec­tion­ately nick­named Albert, and was brought along by David Ad­dy­man from nearby Har­ro­gate. The East York­shire Thor­ough­bred Car Club’s turnout also in­cluded this 1972 Ford Es­cort 1600GT, which com­peted in the post-1931 Ford class. 1936 Austin Ten Sher­borne is one of the last mod­els made be­fore the Cam­bridge sa­loons and Con­way cabri­o­lets were in­tro­duced. Trevor and Linda Fowler brought along their 1967 Mor­ris Mi­nor Trav­eller, which they’ve owned for more than 15 years.

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