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Record Crowds at Himley Hall's Classic & Retro Show

More than 2,000 motoring enthusiasts enjoyed the beautiful surroundings of Himley Hall for another successful Classic & Retro Show on Sunday 1st September. Around 800 vehicles were on display within the grounds, from cars and motorcycles to commercial vehicles, so there was something for every interest.

The superb array of classics at this year’s show ensured the judges had a hard job when it came to giving out prizes. There were plenty of deserving winners including Eugene Blaney who took home the award for Best Daily Driver for his 1973 Ford Cortina Mk 3, nicknamed ‘Bumble’ thanks to its bright yellow paintwork.

It was an amazing commercial vehicle that scooped the award for Oldest Classic, Best in Class and Best in Show. Bought to Himley Hall by Maurice Hudson from Hudsons of Dudley, the Scammell 100-tonner is the sole remaining example of its type.

There were plenty of Club winners to celebrate, with the Best Club Stand being awarded to the Owen Motoring Club. Best Vehicle went to Sue and Geoff Bexhett from Crusty Rusty Mini and their 1967 Mini Countryman, with JEC Central Region’s Geoff Rothery bagging Best Sports Car for his 1955 Jaguar XK140 Roadster.

There were also awards for Andrew Lee’s 1972 Broadspeed Capri, the 1992 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth owned by Neil O’Brien from the Wyre Forest RS Owners Club, and the American Auto Club UK’s Terry Green and his impressive 1978 Lincoln Continental Mk V.

British classics dominated the list of Class Winners, including the delightful 1958 Austin A55 Cambridge owned by Stephen Markham. There were also awards for a number of fine Ford Escorts, while the MGB GT of 21-year old student pilot, Keiran Reid, fully deserved recognition. And the same is true of the 1967 BSA Thunderbolt motorcycle owned by Tony Clement.

"We are certainly thrilled by the number of visitors who supported this year’s show” said Events Director, Stephen Smith. “There were so many great vehicles so choosing the best was tough for the judges, but congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to seeing them again next year."

Along with trade stands, an autojumble, and musical entertainment from the ever-popular Carrie-Anne it all made for a brilliant day out, while enthusiasts will have certainly enjoyed chatting to the many owner’s clubs in attendance.

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