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Walsall Arboretum's Classic Motor Show crowns it's own 'sporting' champions

The biggest day in British sporting history didn’t have any impact on the Classic Motor Show at Walsall Arboretum as enthusiasts turned out to crown a few champions of their own.

Sponsored by ClassicLine Insurance, around 1,500 car fans and around 300 vehicles left the Tennis, Cricket and British Grand Prix behind them to attend the one-day show, now in its 29th year.

It was Michael Taylor who won the biggest prize of the day - ‘Best in Show’ with his 1962 Vauxhall Victor while the Best Club Stand was awarded to West Midlands Mitsubishi 4x4 with its cops and robbers themed stand, which was raising money for cancer research and raised £252


Other club winners included Andrew Oxford’s 1990 Land Rover Defender from Burton Car Club as Best Club Vehicle, which was a great result as it was this new club’s first visit to Walsall.

Best Sports Car went to the 1991 Lotus Elan SE Turbo owned by ‘Mac’ Macfarlene from Stafford, representing the Potteries Vintage and Classic Car Club. Ryan Higgin’s 1984 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2.0 was awarded Best Club Saloon for the Alfa Romeo Owners Club.

Best Classic was won by Graham Mander of the Borgward Drivers Club for his 1958 Borgward Isobella. Given there are only around 40 Borgwards left on the roads, three of them were at the Classic Motor Show, including the unique Isabella convertible which is believed to be the only one in the UK!

Alongside the club displays, the show has attracted a strong list of entries from individual owners with an eclectic mix of British, European, and American classics. The Pride of Ownership, sponsored by ClassicLine, was awarded to John Thomas’ Ford Mustang while the live arena’s Decibel Duel was won by a modified Ford Galaxy V6.

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