The Pageant never fails to amaze – where else could you see everything from a Ferrari to an aircraft converted to a caravan?
You really can’t get around it in a day – and it would take a book write a full report on such a wonderful day.
CCfS sister title Classic Car Weekly was sponsoring the event – so needless to say we were on hand to gave out some of our own prestigious awards. The event would be nothing without the wonderful support from classic car clubs, and we couldn’t resist giving a CCW special prize to the Aston Martin Owners Club for its extraordinary display of 60 cars – one for every year of the Queen’s reign.
Not far behind was the 36-strong Triumph Stag Owners Club display, and the Ford Anglia 105E Owners Club was celebrating its own anniversary – 30 years.
No need to guess the number of cars present. OK, one was a wonderful Walls ice-cream van but let’s not get too picky! Probably the combination attracting most attention was Phil Collins’ six-wheel Citroën CX and er, caravan. The car was converted by CX Basis in Germany to Loadrunner spec – a surprising number of six wheel CXs were produced by several firms to transport newspapers at high speed across Europe. The caravan was originally the fuselage of a 1964 Piper Comanche light aircraft. “I like doing things no one else has done,” explained Phil.
No wonder this combination took the award for best custom, so we gave our own Classic Car Weekly bizarre car of the show award to Mick Medford’s extraordinary transformation of a completely rotten Hillman Husky. Slight variations from standard spec include a Ford Mustang engine. “I don’t like standard cars,” Mick explained.
Classic Minis galore, endless Fords from Granadas to Model Ts, Mazda MX-5 mania and, well, the list just goes on. So, CCW’s car of the show – well, how about your family giving you a car key and sat nav details to go and collect the Citroën Traction Avant they’ve bought. Only one problem. “The location was the field the car had been in for many years. And I had to pay to get it out,” owner Andrew Almond explained. Not that he was complaining – and one incredible restoration later, the Citroën’s a stunner!