A week ago today (Sunday) my little town held its annual Car Show. Stow on Wold is the nearest “town” to Bledington village, where I actually live, so naturally I would show my car. It was another lovely day, clear and 70’s. The Brits are now saying this is the best (i.e. driest) summer since 1964! I guess I picked the right summer to come. I have not driven my (foul weather) loaner car since returning from the Healey trip to Europe, no need.
The Car Show was a modest event with no rules, no classes, no judging and no awards. Just an excuse for the locals to come out, see some cars, drink some brews, eat lunch from the “Hog Roast” or picnic and patronize some local fund-raising booths. I was parked under an ancient oak tree, so had the cool shade all day.
A word about “hog roasts”. Seems every one of these village gatherings (and there are many as most every village in the countryside, no matter how small, has their own, some on a monthly basis) has a hog roast. And they are for real. A full hog turns on a spit over hot coals. When you order a sandwich (referred to as a “bap”), they scrape off a heap of well done, flakey meat onto your bun. Often times they offer to slather on something that looks and tastes like turkey dressing and/or apple sauce. Otherwise you dress it yourself from a selection of BBQ sauces. Very yummy indeed, when accompanied by a nice amber ale.
The range of cars (about 100 here) was wide and eclectic. Seems a lot of people around here have something odd in the garage. Not necessarily Concours, or even collectible. But interesting none the less. I doubt that many of these see more than a few miles a year and the village car shows are a great excuse to get them out.
Needless to say, the California car got a lot of attention, positive comments and “best of show” votes (though there was no formal voting).
Hope you enjoy the pix.
AN INTERESTING SCIMITER, NOT OFTEN SEEN IN THE US
UNUSUAL COLOR ON AN MGB AND ORIGINAL ACCORDING TO THE HERITAGE CERTIFICATE
THE AREA LOTUS CLUB WAS OUT IN FORCE
NICE SERIES 1 LANDIE
“HIGHLY UPGRADED” THREE WHEEL ROBIN. aka THE DEATH TRAP.
I AM NOT SEEING MANY HEALEYS OVER HERE. NOT SURE WHY.
THIS LOVELY BENTLEY IS OWNED BY A NEIGHBOR OF MINE AND WE RECENTLY “DICED IT UP” ON SOME LOCAL COUNTRY ROADS. THIS THING IS A BEAST AND FAST TOO!
MINIS ALL LOOK THE SAME FROM THE FRONT, BUT COME IN A VARIETY OF BACK END TREATMENTS, INCLUDING THE WORKING ICE CREAM TRUCK IN THE HEADLINE PHOTO. THAT GAL HAD A LINE OF CUSTOMERS ALL DAY
GREAT MORRIS TRAVELLER IN CONCOURS CONDITION, INCLUDING MATCHING PICNIC BASKET
BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OVER THE COUNTRYSIDE FROM THE SHOW FIELD
Stay tuned for two more blogs that will appear soon. Maybe even today, as I catch up on last’s week’s National Parks and Castles Tour and my weekend at the Silverstone Classic (historic racing at this famous track).