2013 Club Events
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29th June 2013
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Hurrah! After last year’s miserable summer, when there was only one event when hoods stayed down all day, we have now had three events this year and all three bathed in glorious sunshine. Following superb weather at Stoneleigh and Stonor, Castle Combe returned to its past glories with hot sunshine throughout the day.
Setting off at 6.15am, I already had the hood down, and it stayed that way all day! I met up with Rob Jones on the A3 and we made the 120 mile journey together, stopping at Membury Services on the M4 to meet up with Len Raynsford (fresh from his Jersey Rally), Peter Fenn and Paul Smith. At the circuit, we were joined by Vernon Mortimer, Martin Burge, Gerald Dawson and Richard Maxwell to form an impressive array of Speedsters (once again, no Spyders where are you, guys? Three shows this year and only one Spyder seen so far).
Castle Combe was back to its heyday of a few years ago, with a fantastic display of classic cars and some great action on the track (including some of our intrepid club members!). The sun burned down all day and Peter Fenn proved that he was well-prepared by unveiling what I can only describe as a “throne” to give him some shade! (The rest of us made do with the usual folding chairs or sat on the grass).
There were so many stunning cars to admire that it is hard to know where to start! Over 50 Porsches on the Porsche GB club site included some fine 993s, 3.2 Carreras, 944s, 968s and of course numerous modern 911s.
One of the cars of the show was a pre-war Lagonda, but there were also some outstanding Jaguars (among them a lovely XK120), Bristols, Fraser-Nashes and Austin Healeys, plus a superb Bentley, Aston Martin DB5, 1950s Buick and, perhaps my favourite of the day, a 1958 Alfa Giuletta once owned by Jim Clark’s mechanic. Bristol were also represented by a fine display of buses, which actually took to the track for a parade lap!
This was a day when cars stayed into the late afternoon and when we were all reminded of how good a classic car show can really be!
The two hour journey home, again in bright sunshine with hood down all the way, flew by and I am already looking forward to the rest of the summer’s events. Perhaps we’ll even see a Spyder or two?
Tony Tucker - Events Co-ordinator
some more individual car shots below: