Classic car enthusiasts were clearly ready to enjoy the gorgeous weather as the August Bank Holiday saw around 10,000 visitors head to the stunning surroundings of Knebworth Park for the 29th annual Classic Motor Show, sponsored by ClassicLine Insurance.
Over the course of two days, show-goers were treated to a fantastic display of around 1,000 classic vehicles, with displays ranging from cars and motorcycles to military and commercial machines. There really was something for everyone, and it was all supported by parades in the live action arena, family entertainment, and the famous ‘Decibel Duel’.
Drawing enthusiasts from across the south east and further afield, this year’s show also marked a first for the event with judging taking place on both days. That meant there were plenty of awards to hand out, with a great variety of clubs, cars and very proud owners fully deserving the accolades.
On Sunday, the Club award for Best Vehicle was scooped by Mel Herman’s lovely 1949 Allard M Type, with the prize for Best Saloon awarded to the 1978 Ford Cortina of Simon Hoar. The 1973 Datsun 240Z, owned by Terry Gosling, certainly deserved the gong for Best Sports Car. It was the Allard Owners Club who took home the award for Best Club Stand.
The action and awards continued on Monday, with judges handing the prize for overall Best in Show to Tony Watts and his very rare 1953 Daimler Conquest that was proudly displayed with the Dinky Devils Car Club. With so many great classics to choose from it was a very close contest, second place going to Tom Morley and his 1989 Austin Metro and the 1998 Mini Cooper LE of Richard Need picking up the prize for third.There was also an award for Best Club Stand on the Monday, and this year it was taken by the popular Motion Picture Motors. The day also saw Kevin Sadler take home the Masterclass award with his stunning 1976 Ford Escort RS2000. A 1955 Cadillac was judged to be the Best American Car on a club stand whilst Mike Wilmott scooped the Best American vehicle in class with his 1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 , with Best Classic on a club stand going to the 1969 Buick Riviera of Guy Glover.
"The blistering heat certainly brought out the crowds” said Stephen Smith. “Thanks to all the owners who joined us and displayed their cars for all to enjoy. We can't wait to celebrate our 30th anniversary next year."