Despite heavy rain leading up to the event, Gemini Events’ Father’s Classic Day Out went ahead at Trentham Gardens after some quick thinking by the organisers and with the patience of classic car owners.
Sponsored by ClassicLine Insurance, the 60 car clubs attending all gingerly made their way to the very damp club field next to the lake, all getting on and off safely by taking their time.
The area for individual entries however was completely waterlogged so, working with the venue, the 400 vehicles were parked in the Beautiful Italian Gardens alongside the lake for this 30th anniversary of the event.
Event director Stephen Smith said: “Everyone was wishing the event to go ahead and with patience and perseverance, it did! Thank you to all the exhibitors and owners of the 800 plus vehicles that joined us. Showers on the day did not dampen their spirits.”
The award for Best Club Stand was awarded to Str33t Wiz3 for an exceptional display of diverse vehicles. Best Club Vehicle went to Tony Beggan from the Stoke on Trent Classic Car Club for his 1974 Triumph Stag. The Stoke on Trent Classic Car Club also took home awards for Best American car for Greg Brooks’ 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner.
Potteries Vintage Classic Car Club member Gerald Sweetmore took home the Best Saloon award for his freshly restored 1951 MG Y-Type while Wigan Classics’ Dave Wood and his rare 1974 Marina Suntor, imported from South Africa, won Best Classic.
Amongst the various Class winners, was 90-year-old Rex Johnstone, whose 1949 Triumph Roadster was driven to the show by his great nephew. Rex brought along his best in class award from 1992 so was surprised to receive another some 17 years later.