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Restoration show beats the snow

A WEEKEND of sun, rain and eight inches of snow could do nothing to dampen the spirits of exhibitors and visitors to this year’s Footman James Vehicle Classic Vehicle Restoration Show.

Despite the weather, organisers welcomed 5,000 visitors to the 12th annual show, which took place at the Bath & West Showground, near Shepton Mallet.

The show featured excellent displays from more than 20 owners’ clubs, with top prize being awarded to Yeovil Classic Car Club for its display of silver specials. Norton Radstock Classic Vehicle Club took runner-up spot.

With the enormous 1948 ‘Monty’, West End Garage took the best trade stand award, closely followed by LA & RW Piper with a display of finished projects, including an early Morgan and an E-Type Jaguar.

Best demonstration was achieved by Johnny Painter of BRISCA Heritage, who was completely dismantling his fire-damaged classic stock car. The Ford Classic and Capri Owners managed to do a clutch replacement over the weekend to take the runner-up spot.

From the many rare and intriguing exhibits on display, the best was judged to be a Delage shown by Sherwood Farm Enterprises, followed closely by a very unusual Czechoslovakian Tatra from the Saturday Club.

Show organiser Nigel Stevens said this was the most interesting restoration event he’s ever staged. “We were shocked when we heard of snow on Sunday morning, but still there was an amazing turnout,” he said.

“Traders had an excellent weekend with very brisk trade and the autojumble halls were buzzing throughout both days. I want to thank the great efforts made by both the trade and club exhibitors, many of whom are already planning displays for next year.”

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