Category: Car Show

2023 Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly In – Popham Airfield

2023 Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly In – Popham Airfield


Attended the annual show at Popham, always a good one and it’s the first time I’ve managed to take the Sport Coupe as circumstances always conspired against in the past

As you can see in the photo we came upon a couple of Austin Sevens, and due to the horrible Model A gearing we were constantly in between 2/3 gears for a few miles!

Ended up parked next to a nice GT40 🙂

The weather wasn’t the best a little cold with intermittent showers.

Despite this the show field was pretty full with a good varied selection of vehicles. As always here at Automotive American we feature vehicles from the other side of the pond or connected in some way.

Pretty good selection of Model T/A/B based stuff, including John Cochran’s very original Tudor sporting his recently added trunk and rack.

The standout car of the day for me was the 1931 movie used Willys Knight 87. This is a really stunning vehicle!

Very clean DeLorean attracted the usual attention.

Interesting 1990 Crown Victoria LTD Police Car, really tidy and complete example. Nice to see a 90s Crown Vic, not many in the UK.

Some of the rest from the show field

Finishing off with a couple of vintage planes that arrived on the day. These I believe are Pietenpol Air Campers

Brooklands Easter Classic Car Gathering 2023


Fabulous weather for the Brooklands Easter Classic Car Gathering. As always a good turn out from across the pond amongst the normal large turnout.

The sun always makes everything great, more folks turn out, the mood is better and the vehicles look superb! Brooklands of course is a fantastic venue with the historic banked track and the aviation displays as an excellent backdrop with masses of space.

My favourite car of the show was the 1935 Terraplane

A beautiful example of 1930s style

The Terraplane was a car brand and model built by the Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, between 1932 and 1938. In its maiden year, the car was branded as the Essex-Terraplane; in 1934 the car became simply the Terraplane. They were inexpensive, yet powerful vehicles that were used in both town and country. The Terraplane name was used for both cars and trucks.

More information here at Wikipedia

Brooklands New Years Day 2023


Took the annual New Years Day trip to the historic Brooklands race track and museum.

As always the event was very well attended, the weather good for the time of year and the turnout of American vehicles was impressive.

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From an Early Ford point of view a couple of cars really stood out

The first is a tastefully rodded 1930 Model A Ford, really nice car!

The second vehicle is a creation called the “Ballard Special” built by the Model A Revival Company This is just a tremendous piece of period style engineering!

Here’s some more Early Fords

Cars and Coffee @Richard Edmonds Auctions Chippenham


Took a trip over to the well known auctioneers Richard Edmonds at Chippenham for a cars and coffee/breakfast event.

Nice turn out of cars and is usual those from the other side of the pond are featured here.

Stunning 1938 Packard One Twenty Convertible

Followed by another convertible, this time a 1916 Hudson

And for good measure a well used but clearly loved Model A Tudor

Something more modern a 2002 Ford F150 Lightning

Also some nice Petrolania

Looking forward to the next auction which is in October

Check here for information

RetroFestival 2022 @Newbury Showground


Took another trip to Newbury but not the racecourse as per the West Berkshire Classic Car Show. This time the venue was the Newbury Showground for the annual RetroFestival. The festival is more than a car show with lots of stalls, music and other activities to keep visitors busy. The attendance seemed a little down not really surprising due to the uncomfortable heatwave conditions and possibly the rise in fuel prices and the current increased cost of living. Nonetheless it was a really enjoyable even as always, with lots of American vehicles on display as you can see.

Starting with the Trucks

Next comes the Mustangs

Selection of Hot Mopars

Some of the big stuff!

The Boys in the Band

Really nice vintage Chevy

Rods and Bikes

Best of the rest

West Berkshire Classic Car Show 2022 @Newbury Racecourse


The annual West Berkshire Classic Car Show was the next port of call on the local show circuit. Held at Newbury Race Course in bright sunshine it was a really good day out. The show field was a real mixed bag with an expected turn out of around 1000 cars, a good number of which were American with a selection featured here.

Starting with a couple of nice Mustangs

Then on to the Corvettes

and some Cobras

Followed by some stunning full size iron