Classic and Supercars
A record – and eclectic – turnout of classic cars, owners’ clubs and visitors helped raise plenty of cash for charity at Sherborne Castle
Sherborne Castle, in the picturesque Dorset countryside, seemed to pale in comparison to the 2100 pristine classic and supercars that went on display for this two-day show.
More than 1400 visitors enjoyed the spectacle of 30 of the finest rally car heroes driving down from the castle, some of which were driven by world rally drivers. These included Brian Culcheth in a 1971 Triumph 2.5.
The show fields offered a huge variety of classics along with 31 club stands. Yeovil Car Club took first prize in the show’s club awards, thanks to its 212-mile Rover Mini Cooper (pictured below) – the last original Mini to be registered in Scotland.
The show was a huge success and raised money for both Cancer
Rally hero, Brian Culcheth, drove this 1971 Triumph 2.5, which is a tribute recreation of one of the four works cars prepared at Abingdon. Owner, Dave Bullen, says that the original car was detroyed by British Leyland but after three years of hard work, the spirit of XJB 305H lives on. Bill Fray has owned this 1976 Ford Escort RS2000 from new and it was his everyday car for 15 years. He had it resprayed in 1996 and fully reupholstered in 2015. He now keeps it garaged in between shows. David Hanman’s restored 1976 Lancia Stratos took part in the historic rally displays. He says it is not a rally car for going sideways in as it’s extremely accurate, and is at its best when gliding over rocky terrain. Richard Mason is selling this 1984 Mercedes 500 SEL AMG, which Beatles member, George Harrison, owned from new until 2000 when he sold it to percussionist, Ray Cooper. The car still has George’s original car phone. Research UK and various local charities. Andrew Evanson from show sponsor, Lancaster Insurance, says: ‘The atmosphere was electric and the range of cars on display was fantastic. ‘There really was something for everyone at this year’s event’. Jerry Darch bought this 1951 Buick MacLaughlin racer five years ago. He managed to get the car up to 70mph on the way to the show but blew a spark plug, meaning that he only just made it to Sherborne.
LEFT This is Peter Gray and his 1961 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite. He says that the car is quieter than you’d expect thanks to its lower differential but the direct steering means that it’s fun to drive. More importantly, it’s very comfortable on long journeys.
RIGHT Nick Evamy bought this 1965 Jaguar E-type 4.2 roadster S1 in February following a long search for an original example. He champions the drive and usability of the car, saying that it’s just as good as the much more expensive Ferraris of the same era.
Steve and Wendy Kelvin imported this 1962 Volkswagen T2 splitscreen camper from Oregon in 2011. The bodywork was already in great condition but they have refurbished the interior. They regularly take it out on camping trips to the coast.
This 1962 Ford Zodiac MkIII lay undiscovered in a barn for 26 years under hay, staw and thick cloth after its original owner passed away. Now owned by Malcom Johnson, the car has won many prizes at recent shows for its now immaculate condition.