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

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - David Simis­ter

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.

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