2011 Club Events
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Cranleigh Classic Car Show
21st August 2011
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This was the 10th annual Cranleigh Car Show and the second that the club has attended. Just like last year, the weather was exceptionally hot all day and the show a real stunner again! It is hard to think of any event where there are so many different makes of classic car, alongside stalls selling everything from car accessories to local crafts and produce, antiques and items of clothing, in addition to some excellent autojumble.
Despite the enforced absence of several of our “regulars”, the club had a good turnout, with 7 members’ cars being joined by a local speedster which also shared our display area last year, being owned by an enthusiast who works for a local classic car restoration business. Simon Hambly was also present, but, with the family accompanying him, had wisely opted for the Splitty rather than the Speedster!
There were one or two other 356s at the show, including a red coupe and the black Convertible D formerly owned by Rob Jones, complete with new POR 356A number plate. But there were so many cars to see that I somehow managed to miss the Porsches, which I’m told included a yellow example of my all-time favourite, the 959, and a 914 with Chevvy 350 engine with twin superchargers, lovingly built by its owner over an 18 year period!
The display of US mega-cars was again dramatic and included various superb Mercurys, Chevvies and Caddies. The Austin 7 was another car well-represented and my eye was taken by a bright pale-blue 1930 Swallow, with huge bulbous tail. My old favourites the MGs, (I once owned a 1955 MGTF 1500), were also notable and included TCs, TFs and many different vintage saloons. The Triumphs also had a good turnout, with several magnificent Roadsters and TR3s, among others.
There were even cars of the “veteran” years chugging round the central arena during the afternoon, one of which was a rare 100 year old Stanley steam car. And, if you are into motorbikes, there was a good display, from old Royal Enfields and BSAs to the lovely red and cream streamlined 1958 Ariel and the modern Harley.
The Cranleigh show is organised by the local Lions Club and raises large sums of money for charity. All our cars were admitted free (including passengers) and we were well-treated by the organisers, although, like last year, getting out of the showground was a long and tedious business!
With the seemingly permanent demise of the Hampshire Pageant, this show has taken over as our main August event and my advice to anyone who was unable to make it this year is that they should definitely ink it in for 2012!
Tony Tucker, Events Co-ordinator
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