Record car club turnout helps make what was once a steam-fo­cused fair into a top date for clas­sic fans

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - David Simis­ter

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.

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