The stunning grounds of Himley Hall, in Dudley, will once again play host to around 800 vehicles for this year’s Classic & Retro Show being held on Sunday 1st September.
Set amongst 180 acres of landscaped grounds and parkland and dating from the 18th century, it’s the perfect setting for a display of classic cars from the 1920s to the 1990s, along with commercial and military vehicles and motorcycles.
Alongside the trade stands and autojumble more than 35 motoring clubs will be attending, representing an eclectic selection of marques. Visitors can enjoy chatting to members of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, and the Borgward Drivers Club amongst others. And don’t forget to look out for some great cars from the Black Country MG Owners Club. And with the legendary Mini celebrating its 60th anniversary visitors can look forward to displays from a number of local Mini clubs, including Crust Rusty Mini, and the Birmingham Mini Owners Club.
Fans of British classics will be able to admire favourites from the likes of Austin, Morris, Ford and Rover while the oldest car at the show is a wonderful 1927 Humber 20. A rare 1980 Triumph TR7 fitted with fuel injection is a definite highlight, and it’s great to see younger owners enjoy classic cars. 21-year-old Keiran Reid is an enthusiastic member of the MG Car Club’s Young Members Branch and will be bringing along his dream car, an MGB GT.
Those with more exotic tastes won’t want to miss the models from TVR and Porsche, the latter including a pair of fine 911s, and look out for the 1971 Fiat Abarth 595 that starred in the Channel 5 restoration series, Classic Car Rescue, back in 2014. And amongst a fine selection of American classics is a very special 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle. Fitted with a thunderous 550hp V8 engine it can cover a quarter-mile sprint in around 12 seconds!
The promise of so many fine vehicles ensures the judges will face a tough task when it comes to choosing the awards for the best cars and club stands, and owners will be vying for the honour of Pride of Ownership. A special prize giving ceremony takes place at the end of the show.
And it isn’t just about classic vehicles as the show promises entertainment for all the family, while the music this year comes from talented singer, Carrie-Anne, who will be performing hits from the 1940s right up to the modern day.