While bad weather forced the cancellation of other events in the area, Gemini Events, organisers of the 7th Hampshire Classic Motor Show, were determined rain would not stop play. Held on Sunday 11th August in the beautiful surroundings of Breamore Hall, around 1,500 visitors got to admire more than 400 fine classic vehicles.
With expert commentary provided by Brian Page of Classic Assessments, the competition for the various awards provided a very special selection of cars and clubs.
Jan De Haldevang thoroughly deserved to win the Pride of Ownership, his 1954 MG TF 1250 boasting an interesting history that included spending thirty years in America. Returned to the UK and carefully restored, it was bought by Jan in 2014 and has since been the winner of numerous awards, including best Pre-1956 car at its first MG Owners’ Club ‘MGs in the Park’. The car was also guest of honour at a US Embassy Fourth of July event, and the lovely MG has since been treated to a comprehensive overhaul by its proud owner.
The Best in Show award went to the 1973 Ford Capri GT restored by owner, Dieter Quent, while a 1959 Vauxhall Velox took home the gong for best Daily Driver; owned by Paul Tarrant, the car had covered an amazing 258,000 miles. And a wonderful Facel Vega certainly merited its Class D win, the car once owned by the husband of Aida Grey, a famous American beauty expert whose client list included the rich and famous from Marlene Dietrich to Frank Sinatra.
There were also awards for Dr Anthony Hudson and his 1928 Austin 7 Chummy and the 1968 MGC of John Wilcox, while the category for best 1970s Closed car was headed by the 1979 Ford Cortina Mk 4 of Richard Caddy. Later classics were also well represented, John Manuel’s 1984 Panther Kallista and John Dennead’s 1992 Volvo 480 both receiving well-earned recognition. The prize for best American Car went to the 1978 Chevrolet Corvette of Giles Sadd.
The contribution of the many classic car clubs wasn’t forgotten, Best Club Stand being awarded to the Southern Subaru Car Club. Best Sports Car went to the 1967 MGC owned by Eric Moore of the Southampton & New Forest MGOC, while member of the Triumph Dolomite Club, Giles Curtis, collected the award for Best Saloon with his 1978 Triumph Dolomite Sprint.
There’s also a special mention for the Three Counties Vintage & Classic Car Club who not only bought more than 40 vehicles to the show - including oldest car on display - but also helped with marshalling and judging throughout the day. It was fitting that club member, Andy Snowdon, took home the award for Best Classic for his 1962 Ford Zodiac.
After another great year at Breamore Hall, visitors will certainly be looking forward to the show’s return in 2020. You can see our gallery