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.
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
And of course some Trucks (including mine, and a a van!)
Nice Model T that is often to be seen at local shows, big deal you say? The owner is 91 and happily drives it everywhere 🙂
Here’s the rest!
The added fun was the attendance of Henry Cole and his gang including Allen Millyard (who lives locally) with his wild self built Dodge Viper V10 bike
Allen firing up the Viper bike!
Henry doing a piece to camera, we got to to meet him, and he’s as pleasant as he seems on TV.
“Following the postponement of our annual New Year’s Day event in January, we are back with a new date for Easter. With over 1,000 Classic vehicles displayed on site, live music and a barbeque and other additional food outlets, there will be something for everybody amongst the vast and diverse displays of classics all descending on Brooklands.”
Not only is this the replacement for the 2022 New Years Day event it also replaces the 2021 New Years Day event. so it’s been a long time coming!
A huge turn out of cars at what will probably be the largest gathering of classic cars in the UK this year, meant a good number of American vehicles formed part of the show amongst the planes and other exhibits at the excellent roomy Brooklands site.
But before the cars got moving on the sand, airplanes from the Whiskey Group out of Spruce Creek flew overhead followed by the national anthem. The 50 classic cars on hand then revved their engines to energize the crowd of about 150 people.
At 10:30 a.m. the cars made their way north from the beach to South Atlantic Avenue. They traveled south, accessed the beach via the Beach Street ramp and headed north on the sand to complete their lap and exited at the North Turn beach approach.
More than 40 vintage race cars on display in Ponce Inlet during the 10th annual Historic North Turn Legends Beach Parade.
Car owners stood proudly next to their vehicles before the parade kicked off.
“This is a 1937 Ford Coupe,” said William Bossa, a race participant. “It has a flathead Ford engine. It was built by (retired American race car driver) Tighe Scott as a tribute car to his uncle Vic Caesar.”
Bossa said he enjoys coming to the event every year.
“The weather’s beautiful and I love the fellowship,” he said. “I also enjoy letting people get inside the car. I like helping them understand a little bit more about the history of racing on the beach.”
Last month, as stay-at-home orders proliferated and as notices of in-person show cancellations flooded email inboxes and Facebook timelines, car show organizers, museums, and clubs turned to virtual car shows – complete with judging and awards – to fill the downtime. Now, as questions about what our post-pandemic new normal start to arise, some car show organizers are beginning to envision a future in which virtual car meets become more common.
“In all honesty, desperation is part of it,” said Brad Brownell, one of the co-founders of RADwood, which hosted its own virtual car show in April. “People were looking for an outlet and this is part of it.”
The London Concours 2020, which already has been delayed until August 19-20, will feature a “Speed of Sand” celebration with an homage to pre-1949 American hot rods.
To be staged on the grounds of the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters and billed as “the capital’s finest automotive garden party,” the featured grouping will include appearances by Matt Farrant, three-time “King of the Beach” on the Pendine Sands and his 1929 Ford Model A roadster pickup and Rebecca Dunn, “the fastest woman on the sand” and her 1930 Ford Model A coupe.
Let’s hope the pandemic allows this one to go ahead as it’s a great opportunity for Not Rods to reach the mainstream audience
A visit to Brooklands was a great way to see in 2020!
American iron was represented very well at this massive event as you can see, but was only a fraction of the overall car population. The historic Brooklands Museum is a fantastic backdrop for a classic car show. Thousands attended, very well run show.
It’s the car show of, by and for automotive designers
“We prepare artists and designers to share their creativity with the world”
– ArtCenter College of Design
The Craig Elwood-designed ArtCenter College of Design North Campus located on the western slopes of Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco Mountains that overlook the historic Rose Bowl is a testament to design excellence with black glass-and-steel edifices that connect across a gully.
The school was founded in 1930 and originally offered programs in advertising, publishing and industrial design. But in 1948, a automotive design program was launched, initially at the school’s downtown Los Angeles campus, and quickly became birthplace for the training of what would become the top automotive designers in the world.
It’s the car show of, by and for automotive designers