Hot on the heels of back to back concours wins at the 2017 Nostalgia Show, Leicestershire and The 2017 Car & Bike Roadshow, Cambridgeshire. Rich’s Seven styled Hardtop Coupé design made it a triple beating off all the elite classic and sports car competition at this years annual Masterclass awards held at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire over the August bank holiday weekend.
Competing against elite show cars the event annually attracts in excess of two thousand exhibitors with some of the best cars on the show scene on display. Visitors to the event can see Super Cars, Classics, Sports, American, Kits, Custom, Hotrods, Movie Cars and more. This years glorious weather brought cars from far and wide with the organisers keen to see the final numbers, whilst speculating this to be the biggest turnout to date.
Cars on display saw an absolutely stunning McLaren Supercar alongside Aston Martins, a very impressive Ford Mustang GT imported from Salt Lake City and a newly and immaculately restored 1964 2.5 Litre Daimler Dart. Who recalls the ton-up boys of the 1960’s with Daimler Darts adorning front mounted silver bells.
Now in its second year under the experienced guidance of Stephen Smith and Gemini Events. The event saw Classics, Sports, Americans and Customs fill the grounds around the venue.
On arrival craft and trade stands were already set-up and open for business with food outlets offering early morning bacon rolls to the arriving exhibitors.
Returning for their second year the fabulous Bluebird Belles entertained with three sets of toe-tapping swing songs that saw visitors jumping and jiving amongst the brollies and afternoon showers.
Around the grounds the concours judges had their work cut out to find the winners for the awards ceremony which was brought forward half an hour to avoid the forecast downpour. In true British style the rain also decided to bring itself forward half an hour which made for a very memorable and entertaining trophies presentation.
With every area of the showground packed to capacity this ever popular event saw visitors getting up close and personal with vehicles ranging from a 1900’s Stanley ‘Steamer’ to a Le Mans Lola T292 and a Tyrrell 012 F1 race car.
Returning to the event ‘The Sealed Knot’ re-enacted an entertaining Civil War Skirmish with pikes, muskets and a good ol’ dose of flash-bangs and smoke. In the distance an approaching Merlin engine could be heard as the BBMF Spitfire flew in low over the tree tops to make a number of flybys before tipping its wings and returning home.
Booked to capacity weeks before the event visitors arrived from around the country to the historic fenland market town famed as the home of the BRM (British Racing Motors) F1 Racing Team.
With sports cars, classics and bikes on display throughout the town, live demonstrations and a full programme of singers, groups and bands to include Spitfire flybys and returning for their second year ‘The Blitz Dancers’ entertained the public and exhibitors from the get-go.
This one-off futuristic concept car was developed for the 2004 Sci-Fi action movie “I, Robot” and was on display courtesy of ‘The London Motor Museum’.
For those seeking a little more of an adrenaline rush, you could experience a passenger seat drift ride or try the Dakar - 4 wheel drive off-road course.
The event saw a large turnout of exhibitors with visitor numbers up on last year and all show profits going to aid local charities.
With Old Wardens resident large model flying club in attendance the 2017 show season got off to a flying start at the home of the Shuttleworth Collection with the sixth annual Old Warden Motor Show seeing its largest gathering of pre-war, modern classics and sports cars to date.
With a live arena featuring motoring heritage displays, commentaries and competitions to include the now familiar Gemini Events ‘Decibel Dual’ visitors were entertained in glorious sunshine throughout the day at this increasingly popular season opener.