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

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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

James Sadlier

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.

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