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Sunshine and showers were the order of the weekend for the 2019 two day Sywell Classic Pistons & Props.
With Saturdays glorious sunshine race cars, karts, hotrods & classics took to the sprint strip and runway for some fabulous displays as the crowds packed the showground.
But…“Oh, what a difference a day makes!!!” Sunday…What a soaker from the get-go!
Exhibiting cars that had stayed over for the weekend were arriving with rain and road spray dripping from every corner. Around the showground and race paddock owners on every stand were now hard at work prepping their cars in eager anticipation that the weather would break for the days on and off track action.
With a break in the weather about 10.00am the raceway started to dry and the cars and race bikes could get to the sprint strip. To the skies the props took advantage of the window to display the Thunderbolts, Spitfires and Mustangs outstanding flying abilities.
With the sprint strip now soaked and the rain set-in for the afternoon the 2019 event inevitably came to an early finish. For the hardened stalwarts the only place now to be was the stage marquee before thoughts turned to home. As racers, exhibitors and visitors started to pack-up their gear around the showground and paddock the sound of Rhythm & Blues could be heard echoing as the “Band played on!”
Just a little more mantelpiece masterclass ‘Bling‘ for the trophy cabinet!
This two day 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.
2019 saw a larger than expected turnout on the Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday as the Met Office forecast sunshine and shorts with temps into the 30’s. So with clear skies ahead, it’s 7.30am and I head off south for a short seventy mile run down the A1 to Knebworth Park. This is always a pleasant drive and such an easy venue to get to.
As I pull into the show ground I am quickly directed by marshals to my display area for the day within the Masterclass Concours Exhibits alongside the main arena. A quick walk before the show opens, quickly proved that this show, as always had turned up some real head turning exhibits.
At the head of the showground The Motion Picture Motor Club were setting up with a very impressive line-up and already attracting a lot of visitors and “Wow”! What a line up of movie muscle, you could almost feel their magic aura and smell the testosterone dripping off the curves of these iconic works of art.
First up I notice Dave waving in my direction with his fabulous 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT 390 Fastback with mounted lightweight Arriflex camera as driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie ‘Bullitt’. Alongside the Mustang stood its counter-part from the movie chase scene the Dodge Charger 440 Magnum.
Throughout the showground there were some absolutely amazing and iconic cars with the organisers estimating a turnout of 2500 exhibiting cars attending over the weekend.
This is a very well attended and organised show in a prestige venue with something for the whole family. A great day out and well worth attending in 2020.
Held within the beautiful grounds of Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire and organised by the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle in partnership with the Sporting Bears, this is Kimbolton’s 28th anniversary of the Country Fayre & Charity Car Show.Over the years the event has raised £400,000 for local and national charities. With new attractions year on year this event continues to grow with the organisers reporting a turnout of around one thousand cars exhibiting throughout the grounds.
This is a real family show with main arena entertainment, a live stage, prestige and sports car ‘Dream Rides’, refreshment outlets, fair ground, craft and trade stalls with many stall holders returning annually to the event.
A quick stroll around the showground found the ‘Sealed Knot’ and their band of merry warriors kitting-up with tunics, muskets, gunpowder and all manner of explosives and pyrotechnic goodies.
Monday to Friday these guys and gals all have proper jobs such as teachers, accountants and greengrocers with one slight difference when it comes to “Something for the weekend”.....
..... because painting the box bedroom or cutting the lawn is not on their agenda as they all have the smell of gunpowder in their nostrils and prefer to don Civil War battlefield regalia and get out there for a full on skirmish firing muskets and cannons at each other.
These are Civil War re-enactments with clashing Pikemen, Musketeers and lots and lots of flash bangs. “I have to say, it all looks jolly good fun! - Pass the Gunpowder please!”.
With the smell of gunpowder still in the air, enter Guido Louis-Equestrian Stunt & Tackless Show. Guido’s dynamic personality and arena presence quickly found spectators captivated by his delivery as they watched years of focus, discipline and dedication between horse and rider rise to the fore to achieve the ultimate horseback stunt, after stunt, after stunt.
On the live stage the Galaxy Swing Band entertained throughout the day with their mix of Swing, Jive & Jazz with accompaniment from the Lindy Hopper Dancers.
Thanks to the ongoing dedication and efforts of the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle and the Sporting Bears, the 28th anniversary event was an outstanding success and is well worth pencilling into your 2020 diary.
The biggest celebration of American fuelled motoring, music and racing this side of the Atlantic. This is a huge two day Stars & Stripes extravaganza held at the Brands Hatch circuit, which has grown year on year. With a “Live Action” arena, visitors could experience live stunt shows from the “Maximum Lock” Stunt Team and watch in amazement the exploits of the thundering monster truck “Swamp Thing”.
For those looking to experience driving a “Big American Rig” a “Kenworth” truck could be sampled on the GP loop. With passenger seat rides available for those looking to experience the ride but not drive.
Throughout the paddock and circuit the Speedfest Cheerleaders entertained while the Motion Picture Motor Club pulled the crowds with the iconic Steve McQueen “Bullitt” Mustang 390 GT Fastback and its counterpart Dodge Charger.
For the kids ‘selfie’ time came in abundance with “Storm Troopers”, movie characters and the “Transformers” ‘Bumblebee’ and ‘Optimus Prime’ mingling around the circuit.
Torrential rain for days leading up to the event left the usual Wellhead venue afloat with only the feathered and paddling varieties able to enjoy this new found paradise.
This resulted in some last minute head scratching as the organisers tried to relocate all exhibitors and traders around the town.
On arrival we were directed to the town centre where Marshals were parking exhibitors in a ‘Le Mans’ style start formation along the main West Street.
Booked to capacity weeks before the event, this Fenland towns event committee famed as the home of the BRM (British Racing Motors) F1 Racing Team had managed to wave their magic wand and relocate all exhibitors and traders to higher dry ground.
The 2019 season opener was a mixture of sunshine and showers for the two day early Bank Holiday event, with the best of the weather to be had on the Sunday.
Inside the halls, manufacturers displayed a good showing of Cobra’s with some very eye catching colours schemes. Outside over 100 club displays saw Seven’s and Cobra’s fill the showground.