A VERY FINE VINTAGE
Record car club turnout helps make what was once a steam-focused fair into a top date for classic fans
This bustling event, now in its 43rd year, has evolved from being one primarily focused on steam machinery to one of the region’s bigger classic shows, packing in more than 700 cars this year.
The highlight for the three-day gathering was a record turnout from 25 car clubs, who brought along 480 classics, including first-time appearances from Enthusiasts of British Motor Vehicles Built Before 1985 and the Wiltshire VW Club. The Glavon branch of the TR Register also put on a sizeable display, the A30/A35 Owners’ Club complimented a largely saloonbased turnout with two pick-ups, and Panhard et Levassor Club GB used the weekend as its national rally, bringing eight cars along.
A huge portion of the airfield’s in-field – directly in front of the site’s art deco control tower – was also given over to privately-entered classics, including a 17-strong display dedicated to pre-war cars and a line-up given over to more than 50 US classics. This year’s entrants included a 1978 Morris Marina estate, which along with UK show appearances can count a lap of the Nürburgring among its more recent outings, and a Bentley R-type whose owners raced to rectify a poorly head gasket so it could make it to the show.
Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club, the event’s organiser, says it is delighted with the turnout and is hoping to beat the £14,000 last year’s event raised for several charitable causes.
Rob Kiff travelled from Guernsey in his 1955 Citroën 11BN to appear on the Traction OC stand. He also runs a Triumph TR3A.