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BUSY, BUSY 38th BATH SHOW

BUSY, BUSY 38th BATH SHOW

Pre-war Austin emphasises classic car park

variety alongside South African sourced Alfa saloon and Ford’s beak nose RS2000

y early 2018, there had been 38 classic cars shows at Bath & West’s agricultural showground. For years now classic car insurance specialists Footman James have loyally backed multiple events at this venue, which usually features an auction of varying quality from Dorset specialist Charterhouse.

The site has loads of space outside and in, but can be agriculturally cold in those big halls and outside acres.  If the weather is kind, the classic car parks overflow with the astounding vehicle variety, drivers of older vehicles paying a reduced entry price of the official £13.

Charterhouse hold Saturday viewing and Sunday auction. We particularly liked a 1963 Mini 848cc, accurately restored in Smoke Grey during 1995 by Bob Moore. Footman James had a remarkable 1970s survivor on show: a V12 XJC coupe that had neither been welded nor fitted with an automatic transmission. Yes, an older XJ with manual box and that’s the beautiful 4-seater with frameless windows, not an XJ-S. Miraculous!

The friendly atmosphere and diverse machinery make it a must for locals at the £13 entry fee (£10 online).

More at website: www.bristolclassiccarshows.com

 

Jeremy Walton

 

Refreshing change, outstanding pride of Wales GilbernSponsors Footman James displayed this fab manual gearbox Jag XJCMGs ancient and modern made a fine club standModern ‘classics’ such as Toyota MR2 increasingly evidentBritish car park fare as strongly represented as ever<>

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