COM­MON GOOD

Around 800 cars helped raise thou­sands of pounds for char­ity at this year’s fan­tas­tic Harpen­den Clas­sics on the Com­mon

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - Nick Larkin

‘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.

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