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Family Fun Day at Walsall Arboretum

More than 500 fabulous classic and vintage vehicles spanning 80 years will be on display at this year’s Classic Motor Show, held on Sunday 14th July. The beautiful Walsall Arboretum, which dates back to 1874, provides a fine location to enjoy a stunning selection of historic cars.

Sponsored by ClassicLine Insurance, visitors will be treated to a mouth-watering array of pre- and post-war cars and commercials with displays of member’s cars from more than twenty local and national motoring clubs.

Alongside the club displays, the show has attracted a strong list of entries from individual owners which guarantees an eclectic mix of British, European, and American classics. Fans of the latter will certainly enjoy the likes of the 1978 Lincoln Mk V and the 1966 Pontiac Bonneville.

Much-loved family models from the likes of Austin, Standard and Vauxhall will also be on hand to bring back a few memories, and fans of the fast Ford should look out for the 1966 Lotus Cortina and 1983 Ford Escort RS1600i.

Sports cars including a variety of TVRs and MGs will certainly prove popular, too, and being summer show-goers can look forward to plenty of convertibles. Alongside models such as the always-popular Triumph TRs and Stags it’s also a chance to take a closer look at the diminutive Suzuki Cappuccino. The latter’s 3-cylinder, turbocharged engine was as tiny as the car’s dimensions and only around 1100 examples were brought to the UK.

This year also marks a number of anniversaries, with Citroen celebrating 100 years and Fiat an even more impressive 120 years. Enthusiasts of the French marque will certainly want to take a closer look at the Citroen 2CV on display, and if you prefer a Latin classic then you will be treated to a rare hot hatchback in the form of a 1989 Fiat Uno Turbo and a Fiat Panda 4x4 Sisley.

And how could we forget the iconic Mini which celebrates its 60th birthday this year. From Clubman to Cooper, nearly a dozen examples will be on show and the Mini limousine conversion being brought to the show by Derek’s Mini Club and Classic Car Club is sure to draw a crowd!

As well as being able to choose their favourite vehicle in the Pride of Ownership competition visitors will also be able to browse the autojumble and trade stands, not to mention enjoying the action in the interactive arena which includes the Decibel Duel to find the loudest engine at the show.

Gates open at 10am until 4pm. Admission starts from £6 for adults, £3 for children (4-16 years), with a family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) for £20. Free parking for all visitors.

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