Classics on the Green
‘It’s the wettest event we’ve ever held,’ say organisers – but it still packed in 200 of your classics, and CCW was there to see them all
Some of the worst weather in this free-to-attend event’s history meant the turnout was well down on previous years – but those who persevered were rewarded with a rich variety of classics.
Normally this one-day charity fundraiser attracts upwards of 2000 vehicles but inclement conditions meant the number of classics on show was nearer 200, including a club display from the London North/ West branch of the Rover P6 Club.
Among the highlights were a Ford Escort MkI owned by one of the event’s youngest exhibitors, 17-yearold Lewis Buckingham, and Trevor Durrant’s 1971 NSU 1000, one of ten estimated UK survivors.
The event’s format, where owners are encouraged to come and go throughout the day, normally sees classics on display as late as midnight but rain meant that all the cars – save for a solitary Vauxhall PA Velox – were gone by 9.30pm.
Organiser the Watford and District Classic Vehicle Club, which raises funds for five local charities, says donations were down on previous years. Show spokesman Kevin France says: ‘It was the wettest show we’ve ever held – of the 48 events the club’s put together, this is one of only two where it’s been a washout.
‘Normally, the show is much larger than this – the same time last year we had displays stretching right down to the end of the green, plus more displays in a new area on the other side of the road. But what we did find is that the traders and owners who came still really enjoyed the event and are looking forward to coming again – including one who didn’t bring his car out in the rain but still visited anyway to show his support.’
The reduced turnout at croxley Green for the free-toattend gathering included a trio of Ford cortina Mkis. colin Harrison, from welwyn Garden city, with the 1961 austin se7en countryman he’s owned for 30 years. right is chris spennewyn with his 1972 Hillman avenger GT. lewis Buckingham, 17, passed his theory test just before the show. That’s his 1972 escort. Bob Hopkinson with his 1989 Mazda eunos roadster. He was joined on the day by fellow Mazda devotee cliff Pope, who brought his 1990 MX-5. Trevor Durrant, from abbots langley, bought this 1971 NsU 1000 online 15 years ago.