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Classic Car Show to showcase motoring history

THE longest-running, independent classic car show in the UK will take place at the Bath & West Show Ground, Shepton Mallet, over the weekend of June 14-15.

Around 14,000 people are expected to attend the 35th Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show, which will feature around 200 classics from 65 car clubs, along with 200 traders, an autojumble and classic auction.

Large club displays are the order of the show, with the Early MG Club bringing seven cars; the Aston Martin Owners Club with 10 models; and up to 12 cars from the Joint Rover Clubs as part of their 110th anniversary of Rover.

The show will be very much a celebration, with many other clubs reaching landmark anniversaries. The Mk1-5 Cortina Owners Club will celebrate their 25th anniversary; the Post Vintage Humber Car Club will have eight cars on its 40th birthday display; and the Daimler & Lanchester Owners Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a cross-section of cars.

One extra-special club at the show will be the Swallow Doretti Register. Their first time at Bristol Classic Car Show, they’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the very rare Swallow Doretti with three cars.

Together with the pristine classics indoors, the classic VIP parking area will feature around 1,000 classic cars brought in by visitors over the weekend.

Event organiser Nigel Stevens says this is the biggest show of the year, so his team have worked hard to attract the most unusual and special classics from across the UK.

“It will be wall-to-wall classics, with everything from Aston Martins to Wolseleys. There will also be cars most people may not have seen on the road in many years, such as historic Lanchesters and the Swallow Doretti,” he says.

“We pride ourselves on being the friendliest show in the classic car calendar, and this year’s show should be the biggest and best.”

Advance tickets are from £11 and available at http://www.bccsl.co.uk or 0117 907 1000. Parking is free, as is entry for accompanied under-16s.

The show is sponsored by Footman James Insurance and the media sponsors are Classic Car Weekly and Practical Classics magazines. The show is also supported by Classic Motor Monthly incorporating The Autojumbler.

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