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Cranleigh Classic Car Show

Sunday 18th August 2013

Report from Tony Tucker, Events Co-ordinator                                                        

Yet again, more sunshine!  What a year this is turning out to be, with every single event to date being blessed with superb weather!  It was hood down from leaving home at 7.45 to returning at tea-time, although a critical road closure right outside the village of Cranleigh meant a 10 mile detour and a marginal dampening of the spirits.

In addition to the cars of “regulars” Len Raynsford and myself, our club display included the fine gunmetal Speedster of Ian Hunter Park, the blue Speedster of Paul Rennie, plus the Spyder of Kevin Llewellyn, driven by wife Emma so that Kevin could bring his Ferrari replica along!  Kevin’s Martin and Walker Spyder was recently purchased from Ron Temperton – good to see both owners continuing as club members!

As usual (apart from last year, when the rain ruined the event) the array of classic cars at the show was breathtaking, with a considerable number of big American classics featuring prominently. 

There were some stunning examples of all the famous 50s and 60s cars, including pony cars like the Chevvy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, Corvette Stingrays, huge Lincoln Continentals, Plymouths, Chryslers, Ford Mercurys – you name it! 

There were also numerous pre-war classics around from Humber, Morris and Riley, plus a display of ancient tractors, of which a couple of fine Field Marshalls caught my eye. 

Other personal favourites included a 1949 yellow MG TC, a couple of lovely Jaguar XK120s and a rare 1930s HRG racer.  You don’t see many of the latter, which were made by 3 engineers who raced at Brooklands (surname initials H, R and G).  Apparently, of 241 cars made, 225 still survive today.

Porsches were well represented, with a special display area for the Porsche Transaxle Club (924s, 944s and 968s).  There was also an immaculate 1970 green 911, which I would have gladly taken home with me!


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Cranleigh always has a great array of stalls selling all kinds of automobilia, as well as antiques and collectibles.  Food and drink providers were plentiful, (excellent bacon rolls!), although the availability of the local Hog’s Back Brewery bitter, on draught, was a temptation I was only able to resist by thinking of the need to drive home!

Great cars, great weather, great day!  Let’s hope for more of the same at TIPEC, which, with the club AGM and other events arranged for the same weekend, (including a visit to the Vulcan bomber at Wellesbourne and an evening dinner at Walton Hall) promises to be another terrific event.  Try and get there, either for both days, or just for the Sunday car show – it looks like we’re in line for a big turnout!

Tony Tucker - Events Co-ordinator

Two Field Marshalls:


Lots of Hot Rods:

and a lovely Camaro:

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