a field of dreams

An­nual cel­e­bra­tion draws more than 400 clas­sic ve­hi­cles to ru­ral Cam­bridgeshire

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving - Nick larkin

A car show in a re­mote Fen­land vil­lage shouldn’t be like this – some 400 clas­sics headed to Parson Drove in Cam­bridgeshire for this spec­tac­u­lar event.

The two-day event, now in its eleventh year, in­cluded a beer fes­ti­val and live mu­sic on the Satur­day, with more fo­cus given to clas­sics on the Sun­day.

The turnout in­cluded a concours Jaguar E-type and a Stan­dard Van­guard am­bu­lance. Other cars on show couldn’t help but make you smile due to the imag­i­na­tion of their own­ers, in­clud­ing Keith and Chris Row­bot­tom, who ar­rived with clothes and pic­nic equip­ment care­fully colour co-or­di­nated with their 1963 Tri­umph Her­ald sa­loon!

Other clas­sics at the show in­cluded a fan­tas­tic se­lec­tion of Mi­nis from the Kings Lynn-based club cater­ing for the cars, and Amer­i­can clas­sics ga­lore.

Show spokesman, Roger Reader, says: ‘It’s been an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic event, and we have def­i­nitely bro­ken records.’

Even bet­ter, this year’s event raised thou­sands of pounds for the East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance, to­gether with var­i­ous lo­cal char­i­ties.

’It’s been a fan­tas­tic event – we’ve def­i­nitely bro­ken records’

400-strong clas­sic turnout in­cluded this 1991 Volk­swa­gen Golf GTi Mkii, lo­tus elan +2 and Jaguar XJ6-based Xk150 homage. it’s a red and white world for keith and chris row­bot­tom, who have match­ing clothes and even pic­nic gear for their 1963 Tri­umph Her­ald. ‘we had sev­eral Her­alds years ago, keith ex­plains. ‘i’ve al­ways loved cars and like to make them look dif­fer­ent,’ ex­plains laura rut­land, who owns this 1995 Porsche Boxster and 1997 Fiat cin­que­cento. a trained me­chanic, she owns seven cars!

This rare 1961 Mor­ris Ox­ford had a nar­row es­cape from banger rac­ers be­fore stephen Hem­mings bought it. restora­tion in­cluded new rear ‘arches. ‘i’ve al­ways loved these high tail­fin Fari­nas but i’m restor­ing a west­min­ster so this car may have to go,’ he says.

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