Classic car exhibition steps up a gear ...
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.meresidemodelclub.co.uk/ or call 01704 821 429.
For more information on the Red Admiral Brass band, visit their website, www.red-admiral-musicacademy.co.uk/
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