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Cranleigh Classic Car Show - 15th August 2010
Report from Tony Tucker

This was a new event for the club, added at short notice to compensate for the cancellation this year of the Hampshire Pageant, our main August event in recent years (back again next year, I am told). And what a good event it was! Of course, the weather helped, with a lovely sunny day bringing out a great crowd and some 1600 classic cars!!

     

Given that we had only had a few weeks to get the club organised for this event, it was good to see so many club cars and members present, including several new faces, plus a potential new member who parked his black, self-built Chesil Speedster next to our group, complete with Porsche engine, Mercedes seats and Hillman Minx steering wheel!

     

Among our cars was the Intermeccannica Roadster of Terry and Jackie Wright, meaning that, alongside Rob Jones' Speedster ("Best in Show" at Stoneleigh Park in May), we had two Intermeccannicas for the first time ever - and they looked superb, as did the many Chesils present and Simon Hambly's Split Screen Camper van.

Simon was forgiven for leaving the Speedster at home on account of the need to bring Eleanor and Harry (complete with full nursery of toys and meal requirements) and also because of the superb quality of his recently acquired Splitty, which he has already spent much time on improving - the interior, particularly the new wooden cabinets, would make any VW van owner jealous.

     

 

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Next to our club display was a fine line-up of US classics, including a massive 1947 Series 62 Cadillac, 1960s Pontiac Catalina and 1934 Nash Advanced Light Coupe. Elsewhere, more US monsters included Pontiac Firebird, Ford T-Bird, pre-war Hudson and assorted Chevvies. Not to mention a Model T Ford!

Europe was represented by a wide range of magnificent cars, including a stunning Jaguar XK120 Coupe, a delightful 1950s Renault 4CV, numerous MGs including a 1936 NB Magnette, a wide variety of Triumphs, some outstanding pre-war Austins, the usual glamour of the TVRs and many of the other great names in motor history. Not to mention the great vintage motorbikes!

     

Despite a rather tedious exit from the show, on account of the fact that hundreds of cars were vying for just one gate out on to the main road, this was a memorable event and one that is likely to feature on our calendar in future years, to judge by the reaction of our members.

And there were the added benefits of free entry for car, driver and passenger, lots of food, craft and autojumble stalls, plus the fact that, being organised by the Lions Club, all proceeds from the day went to charity. Great fun!

Tony Tucker

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