Good weather contributed to the outstanding success of the Classic Rally & Autojumble at Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire on Sunday 5th April. Over 500 classics packed the fields in front of the famous Shuttleworth Collection hangers and a superb range of trade stalls were kept busy by enthusiasts and large numbers of public visitors.
There was something for everyone at this show. Pre-war classic and vintage vehicles rubbed shoulders with 1960s American muscle cars. Triumph, MG, Morris and Rover sat alongside Porsche, Citroen, Renault and Fiat. Club stands represented a wide variety of marques from past decades including Ford Granada, Austin 7 and classic Mini.
There was plenty of action in the arena including the crowd-pleasing ‘Decibel Duel’ in which the spectators vote for the noisiest sounding vehicle, displays of cars and interviews with the drivers, a photo opportunity with a ‘Stig’ raising funds for charity, and a new item – The Pride of Ownership award, which was won by Nicola Yates from Dunstable with her 1964 Midget that has been in the family since new.
There were plenty of rare cars to be found on the rally field including a stunning pair of pre-war Wolseley Hornet Specials (only five are known to exist), an immaculate Tatraplan T600, two MGTDs in silver streak grey paint – a colour used for only a few months of 1953, and a beautifully renovated 1954 Swallow Doretti shown by Mike Nangreave who brought the car down from the Midlands and was rewarded for his efforts by winning Car of the Show.
In the skies above the airfield, members of the Old Warden Model Aircraft Club gave skilful demonstrations of their radio-controlled aircraft and at times, from a distance, it looked as if the full size ‘planes of the Shuttleworth Collection were flying!
We were delighted with the event “Having suffered from bad weather in the past the turnout today is confirmation that Old Warden is an immensely popular and an ideal venue for classic car enthusiasts. It is the opening show in our season and the attendance has been superb. We look forward to seeing everyone at Woburn in a few weeks for the May bank holiday show.”