Vin­tage Stony

One-off XJ- S and poignant Whizzo trib­ute take cen­tre stage at packed meet’s tenth out­ing

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - Nick Larkin

This event had to be seen to be be­lieved, with some 700 clas­sics squeez­ing into Stony Strat­ford, plus ev­ery lay-by and safe park­ing spot for seem­ingly miles around.

As a re­sult, walk­ing along the town’s high street and mar­ket square was a sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence. In one part of the event tra­di­tional Brit clas­sics were every­where, com­ple­ment­ing the venue’s his­toric build­ings, but barely 100 yards fur­ther on a line-up of US cars brought the feel of 1960s small­town Idaho to ru­ral Buck­ing­hamshire. The gath­er­ing also paid homage to two late sup­port­ers of the event – racer Bar­rie ‘ Whizzo’ Wil­liams and mo­tor­ing writer, David Evans.

Big draws at the event, which raised thou­sands of pounds for the Willen Hos­pice, in­cluded a 1959 ex-BMC Com­pe­ti­tions Depart­ment mo­bile ser­vice train­ing unit, reg­is­tra­tion 168 UXS.

War­ren Kennedy of Buck­ing­hamshire Clas­sic Restora­tions bought this ve­hi­cle, with body­work by Mar­shall of Cam­bridge, at auc­tion af­ter it was of­fered at the Race Retro Clas­sic Car Sale in 2015.

‘It’s his­toric and rare,’ said War­ren. The BMC was nearly eclipsed by its valu­able load, how­ever, be­cause in the back was a Mini Cooper S, which won its class in the 1963 Coupes Des Alpes rally.

An­other at­ten­tion-puller was Wahib Sami’s 1984 Jaguar XJ- S Koenig Spe­cial. Just 12 ex­am­ples of the model were built with widened body­work, and this was the only V12 con­vert­ible.

Wahib found the car via a dealer in Dubai. ‘It’s an in­cred­i­ble ma­chine and there cer­tainly isn’t an­other one like it,’ he said. The car was mak­ing its first event ap­pear­ance in the UK.

The event’s or­gan­iser said that while ef­forts are on­go­ing to se­cure the vol­un­teers needed for fu­ture shows, this year’s out­ing had been a big suc­cess and prepa­ra­tions are now un­der­way for sis­ter event, Clas­sic Stony, tak­ing place on 2 June.

Ray Cob­ley, spokesman, said; ‘It’s been a su­perb event and every­thing points to a larger at­ten­dance than last year.’

Peter Macal­lis­ter and Sheri Sul­li­van’s 1950 Ford Pi­lot, which turned out to have been sold new to Glouces­ter­shire Po­lice.

‘Hav­ing spent years work­ing for Cos­worth, this car’s high-cam en­gine is fas­ci­nat­ing for me,’ says John Dick­ens of his 1936 Ri­ley Lynx.

The pre-war clas­sics on dis­play – in­clud­ing this line-up of Singer Le Mans mod­els – were the star draws at Stony Strat­ford’s New Year event.

War­ren Kennedy brought along this 1959 BMC works team mo­bile train­ing unit.

David Widgery’s French-spec, but RHD 1938 Citroën Light 12.

Wahib Sami’s amaz­ing Jaguar XJ-S Koenig Spe­cial V12 con­vert­ible is unique.

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