The cars were the stars at the inaugural Independence Day Sports Car event held within the grounds of Hatfield House courtesy of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury 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.
This was a fantastic event and what an absolute honour amongst such famous movie company, for the innovation and engineering design of my Seven styled Hardtop Coupé development to receive the judges vote, followed by the presentation of an inaugural Concours winners trophy and an invitational photoshoot courtesy of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury.
Continuing with the American TV series theme, the red Gran Torino with it's 351 Windsor V8 sound track and white vector stripes had a definite place on UK TV every Saturday night as 'Starsky and Hutch' (call sign Zebra 3) burst on to our screens. Possibly not the most inconspicuous car for a duo of crime fighting undercover Bay City detectives but hey, this is TV so we can let that one go!
As I approach a black 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am, I notice that I am being scanned for concealed weapons or other devices. This is
'Kitt', one half of the crime fighting duo known as 'Knight Rider'
whose special chassis and body mods featured 'Turbo Boost' - 'Self Drive' - 'Body Armour' - 'Voice Synthesizer' and most memorable of all the red front mounted 'Scanner Bar'.
Another car driven by Roger Moore, and pulling the crowds is a yellow Citroen 2CV from 007's 'For Your Eyes Only'. This car was driven by Roger Moore's 'James Bond' (actually stunt performer Rémy Julienne) to escape from Hector Gonzales' henchmen.
In the line-up of exhibits there were some absolutely amazing and iconic cars. Wherever I looked there was something equally appealing and one thing is for sure...they all invoke memories of where you were, who you were with and the feelings we had when we first sat and watched these celluloid magic movie moments!