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Cranleigh Classic Car Show - Sunday 19th August 2012

Report from Tony Tucker, Events Co-ordinator                                        

After two excellent years at this show, with at least 10 of our members present, it was a shame that only three of us could attend this year.  However, the terrible recent weather meant that the show was forced, at the last moment, to avoid the main showground and use adjacent fields.  There was no main arena, therefore, and no special display areas for clubs, which was disappointing as we had been asked to present our cars in the arena this year, as one of the clubs featured for special interviews and exhibition.

The great thing, after a miserable summer when only one event (TIPEC) had avoided the rain, was that the weather forecast was excellent – “hottest day of the year”, “no rain anywhere in the south”.  This was, indeed, how the day began, with sunglasses, shorts and factor 20 being essential requirements.  Alas, after lunch the skies opened, bolts of lightning flashed around the fields and everyone hid inside their cars for an hour or so!  A prodigious amount of rain fell in a fairly short time and, sadly, this means that TIPEC is still the only show in 2012 at which hoods have not had to be used – a quite unprecedented situation in club history!

Before the rain, there was a chance to show our cars to the public, three of whom turned out to be interested in, or in the process of, building their own Speedsters.  We also had a long chat with Antoine Godschalk who had been one of the Dutch contingent who regularly joined us at Stoneleigh Park until a couple of years ago and who is building an absolutely stunning Speedster “Mille Miglia” at present, to judge by his photos.  He explained that the leader of the group had sold his Speedster, hence the non-appearance of the Dutch in recent years.  But he promised to try and get his new car to Stoneleigh Park when it is completed (and it looks a certainty for “best in show”).

 

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Cranleigh always has some of the best classic cars to be seen at any of our events.  Brooklands Museum had their own display, with some fine MG saloons, Rileys and a blower Bentley prominently featured.  Other eye-catchers included a magnificent racing Healey, a superb pre-war Napier and a black Cadillac with model of a small child leaning over the bumper!

The autojumble at this show is one of the best of the year and numerous bargains were to be had, with Len picking up various bits for his newly-acquired Spyder RSK718, which is in the process of a comprehensive re-build!  There were also stalls selling all kinds of antiques and collectables, automobile parts and memorabilia and, of course, food!  (Bacon rolls excellent, though not cheap!)

Well, we now have just one last summer outdoor show left at which to achieve our aim of a second rain-free event – the Porsche Picnic/Cars at the Course Show at Windsor Racecourse on Sunday 23rd September.  Let’s see if we can repeat the good turnout we have had in previous years – it’s a great show, with more Porsches together in one place than you are likely to see anywhere else.  And the weather must favour us sometime (mustn’t it?........)

Tony Tucker - Events Co-ordinator

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