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1973 TOY­OTA CROWN ES­TATE

The car I’d have driven home was David Boswell’s 1963 Mini Cooper ‘S’ – fin­ished in Rolls-royce Brew­ster Green and spe­cially built for Princess Mar­garet – but my sur­prise car of the show was Ed­die Bell­ringer’s Toy­ota Crown. He ac­quired the Ja­panese rar­ity from a cousin of his mother, with just 18,000 miles on the clock, and his 42 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for Toy­ota came in handy when ren­o­vat­ing the high-spec wagon. The in­te­rior was cleaned up sim­ply us­ing soap and wa­ter, but Bell­ringer did have to re­place some met­al­work in the roof. I was in­trigued by its styling quirks, such as the grilles be­hind the doors that duct air through the cabin and out via vents in the rear wings. JB

1973 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA S3

I couldn’t help but fall for the charms of this pink GT – the fact that it’s the model’s 50th an­niver­sary was a happy co­in­ci­dence – and it cer­tainly drew cam­era phones all week­end. But no sel­f­re­spect­ing su­per­car man­u­fac­turer would of­fer so proa­sic a colour as ‘pink’: this hue’s of­fi­cial ti­tle is Rosso Granada me­tal­lic. It sits well with its orig­i­nal Se­nape (mus­tard) leather in­te­rior, which has re­cently been re­fur­bished – the car­pets and dash-top have been re­freshed not long ago, too. This 36,000-mile ex­am­ple of the Gan­dini-at-bertone-de­signed four-seater looked fab­u­lous – it’s just a shame we couldn’t fire up that 3.9-litre V12… now that would have drawn the crowds. LP

1968 FORD CORTINA GT

There’s al­ways one car you can’t stop por­ing over, and for me it was the ex-bill Ben­gry Cortina GT. As the first of 72 cars to cross the Crys­tal Palace start line for the in­au­gu­ral Lon­don-syd­ney Marathon in 1968, the Mo­tor­way Re­moulds GT proudly wore num­ber one on its doors. The team of Ben­gry, Arthur Brick and John Preddy even­tu­ally came 23rd, after a gru­elling 7000-mile trek across 11 coun­tries – and would have fin­ished higher had the Ford not re­quired a re­place­ment back axle. The Mk2 has stayed in the Ben­gry fam­ily and been re­stored by Bill’s son Theo, who lent it to the His­toric Marathon Rally Group dis­play, where its ‘over the roof’ ex­haust was a real talk­ing point. MP

1948 BOND TYPE C

Mar­que en­thu­si­asts An­drea and Clive Steggel cel­e­brated the 70th an­niver­sary of Lawrie Bond’s mav­er­ick For­mula 500 racer by dis­play­ing the 1948 Type C as part of the Na­tional Mi­cro­car Rally stand, which is al­ways among the show high­lights. One of two sur­vivors of just three cars built, this fas­ci­nat­ing ma­chine fea­tures a mono­coque bodyshell, 497cc JAP speed­way en­gine and in­board front brakes, and rides on spe­cial mag­ne­sium split-rim wheels. The car was painstak­ingly re­stored by Char­lie Ban­yard­smith and weighs just 398lb. The Steggel fam­ily has had quite a year, too, hav­ing or­gan­ised the UK’S big­gest mi­cro­car event at Sy­camore Farm, Cheshire. MW

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