My Mi­nor was a Brighton show star

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - Jee, Cheshire

Your piece on the Brighton Clas­sic Car Show held in The Metropole Ho­tel

( The Way We Were, CCW, 7 Novem­ber) evoked mem­o­ries of the 1981 Thor­ough­bred and Clas­sic Car Show held at the same venue.

The show date was planned to co­in­cide with the Lon­don to Brighton Vet­eran Car Run, which fin­ished on the Sun­day at Madeira Drive. I re­mem­ber tak­ing my white Mor­ris Mi­nor Con­vert­ible to the Metropole on the Fri­day and on ar­rival hav­ing to drive the car on to a wooden pal­let, then sit at the con­trols as the car was hoisted up to the first floor bal­cony by a fork lift truck. This was a very jud­dery and pre­car­i­ous ride if your car club was al­lo­cated a space on the bal­cony!

This very slow pro­ce­dure was re­peated on the Sun­day evening af­ter the show closed, and I re­mem­ber not be­ing able to exit the show un­til af­ter 9pm, there­fore ar­riv­ing back in Cheshire well af­ter 3am the fol­low­ing morn­ing. It was a mem­o­rable show – the Mi­nor was awarded the Car of the Show tro­phy.

You are cor­rect in stat­ing that there were two big clas­sic shows in 1984, as I at­tended the show at the NEC in May, again with the Mi­nor Con­vert­ible.

The prize­giv­ing at this event was car­ried out by Mike Smith and Sarah Greene, both tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties at the time. I was for­tu­nate to win Car of the Show at this event too – both tro­phies still have pride of place in my dis­play cabi­net!

Ken Jee re­mem­bers rack­ing up the sil­ver­ware at 1984’s clas­sic shows.

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