Around 800 cars helped raise thousands of pounds for charity at this year’s fantastic Harpenden Classics on the Common
‘There were lots of cars with lots of great stories to tell’
Surely the biggest mid-week show of its type, this event never fails to surprise and entertain and the 2017 extravaganza was no exception.
The sheer variety of cars on display was breathtaking. This is the event where a Rolls-Royce can sit happily alongside a Mini and a 1978 Peugeot J7 van. A sassy red Corvette with an Austin Cambridge... the list goes on. It’s not easy to pick just a few cars from this lot, be they exotic, vintage or vehicles once seen everywhere.
Attracting much attention was Ian and Dawn Kennedy’s extremely rare 1975 Morris 2200, delicately finished in Tundra Green and brought to the event from Telford in Shropshire.
‘The car was new to a Vauxhall employee who put it in a garage in 1983 and it was not used for more than 30 years after that. It’s irreplaceable,’ says Ian.
Bill Gill was six when his family bought their grey Austin A55. ‘ We were living in Jamaica at the time and the car was later brought back to Britain on a boat carrying bananas,’ he reveals. The speedo stopped at 29,000 miles… in 1964.
There were lots of cars with lots of great stories to tell – and much money was raised for charities.
‘ We’ve done very well this year and were very lucky that heavy rain held off,’ says Liz Jack of organiser Rotary in Harpenden. ‘ We hope to have raised as much as £25,000 for our charities.’
It’s where the phrase ‘something here for everyone’ rings true.
‘It’s irreplaceable,’ say Ian and Dawn Kennedy, who brought their immaculate Morris 2200 from Telford. The car was bought new by a Vauxhall employee... then not used for 30 years.
In 1989 Jean and Brian Hoy’s 1965 Mini Traveller failed its MoT – big time. Happily, they decided to restore it.
Kalie Fowler bought this 1987 Ford Escort XR3 last year, having sold one in 2008. Much restoration has taken place.
Bob Kendall’s 1927 Austin Heavy 12 spent 80 years in New Zealand before being returned to Britain in 2010.