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THE great Bank Hol­i­day weather brought clas­sic car and bike own­ers out in force for the third Clas­sic Car and Mo­tor­cy­cle Show, or­gan­ised by Mawdes­ley Cricket Club.

The event was spon­sored again by Ar­mit­stead Bar­nett Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices and over 240 clas­sic cars and bikes took part, with over 1,300 peo­ple com­ing along to en­joy the day.

Vis­i­tors were kept well fed and wa­tered through­out the day, thanks to a num­ber of stall-hold­ers, and spe­cial thanks to the Wind­mill Brew­ery, in Par­bold, who kindly pro­vided the real ale!

Cars from the 1920s to the lat­est Fer­raris were on show, to­gether with great turnouts from the West Lancs MG Club and the ever-re­li­able Austin 7 own­ers who as al­ways were among the first to ar­rive just as the Mar­quee was be­ing erected!

A 1909 Tri­umph mo­tor­cy­cle also made an ap­pear­ance and was prob­a­bly the old­est clas­sic on pa­rade.

Mu­sic was sup­plied by the lo­cal Red Admiral Brass Band and ae­rial en­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by the Mere Sands Model Club who staged a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of ac­ro­bat­ics with their re­mote-con­trolled air­craft.

Those wish­ing to find out more in­for­ma­tion about the model club should visit their web­site www.mereside­mod­el­ or call 01704 821 429.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Red Admiral Brass band, visit their web­site,­si­ca­

A 1940s Bed­ford bus, pro­vided by the Wil­liam Hunter col­lec­tion, fer­ried vis­i­tors from the ex­ter­nal car parks to the ground and made it an extra spe­cial day for those who took a ride.

This year’s chair of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, Paul Stead­man, said: “This was our best show yet with so many spe­cial cars and bikes tak­ing part and a great turn-out of vis­i­tors from the vil­lage and far­ther afield.

“We would like to thank all who at­tended and es­pe­cially the own­ers of their mag­nif­i­cent ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles, for with­out them we would not have a show.

“A par­tic­i­pant from Ain­tree, when asked for his com­ments on how the show could be im­proved replied to say ‘Great day. En­joyed by all from Ain­tree Clas­sic en­thu­si­asts. No im­prove­ment needed, just a great, well-or­gan­ised show and a nice re­lax­ing day”.

For the third year run­ning, an Ital­ian car won the Lan­caster In­sur­ance Best in Show Award as voted for by the public at­tend­ing, this time not a Fer­rari but an im­mac­u­late 1971 FIAT 500.

The Judges Award for the Best Car in Show went to the beau­ti­fully re­stored 1968 Ford Mus­tang.

The class win­ners were: Pre-1950: 1938 Hill­man

Minx Drop­head Coupe 1950-69: 1968 Ford Mus­tang 1970-89: 1971 Fiat 500L Mod­ern Mar­vel: 2000

Fer­rari 360 Motorbike: 1968 BSA Fire­bird Scram­bler

1968 Ford Mus­tang was the over­all win­ner A dinky Fiat at­tracted a great many ad­mir­ers

Clas­sic panorama – a view of the show line-up from the air

A vin­tage bus which fer­ried many show vis­i­tors around the area

A clas­sic Hill­man, on the show field

Speed ma­chine – a stylish Fer­rari on show

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