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Wonderful return to Wentworth Woodhouse

The sun was shining as The Classic Motor Show returned to the wonderful surroundings of Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham, at the weekend with more than 2,000 visitors enjoying the combination of glorious weather and around 500 classic vehicles.

“We received great feedback from enthusiasts and traders alike about the return to Wentworth Woodhouse after a break in 2018,” said Event Organiser Stephen Smith. “We hope we can make it an annual fixture on the calendar and that we will be back next September. By then, hopefully the ongoing work at the venue will be completed so we can once again enjoy the fabulous backdrop of the house.”

There were plenty of awards handed out including the special Herbert Austin award that celebrated the time he spent at Wentworth during his childhood. Along with the prize for Best in Show, it was scooped by the lovely 1959 Austin Healey Sprite owned by a very proud Gregory Heap.

British classics also took a number of Class Awards, including a superb pair of Fords. Martin Piggin’s 1978 Ford Escort RS2000 was a fine example of the breed, as was the 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands Turbo Technics owned by Andrew Taylor. Equally deserving was David Barlow’s 1999 Marcos Mantara Spyder.

But the Brits didn’t have it all their own way, Stephen Ashton taking home an award for his 1972 Chevrolet Corvette. And it was very hard to resist the charms of the Bedford Dormobile owned by Phillip Hobson.

There were numerous awards for clubs, too, with the South Yorkshire Mercedes-Benz Club thoroughly deserving the overall prize. Best Saloon also went to one of their members, in the form of David Bambury’s 1982 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D. And from the same year was a Ford Capri 2.0-litre Ghia, the Capri Club International’s Mick Gibson taking home the award for Best Classic.

Last but not least were the awards for Oldest Classic and Best Vehicle on a Club Stand, both of which were claimed by the rather special 1910 Sheffield Simplex 45hp owned by Anthony Hincliffe.

There really were vehicles for every interest, from superb classic cars and motorcycles to commercial vehicles, all supported by a wealth of trade stands and car club displays. The live action arena also provided plenty of entertainment throughout the day, with the famous ‘Decibel Duel’ proving a highlight for many visitors.

Gemini Events has one final event for the motoring season – the rescheduled Nostalgia Show, held at Beaumanor Hall, Leicestershire on Sunday 29th September.

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