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DESIRABLE DOWNTON MOTOR CLUB

MINIS AND MORE

DESIRABLE DOWNTON MOTOR CLUB

MINIS AND MORE

Little & large: superb paint & interior for US Falcon

f you want to see the best in original Minis of all sizes and shapes from first series 850s, all manner of Coopers, to totally re-engineered Mini-Honda hill-climb specials, the annual Downton Classic Vehicle show is the place to go.

The 2018 event over the May Bank Holiday weekend was the 10th of these hardy annuals organised by Downton Motor Club, whose pedigree, and some of the members, date back to the legendary BMC high performance and racing engineers from the village of that name, south of Salisbury, Wilts.

Loyal supporters included Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum with Ford Escort convertible raffle prize and displayed the Issigonis factory Mini 9X project, but it is the sheer variety of display vehicles that makes us return regularly. Well, that and refreshment stalls…

There has always been a strong American presence, far beyond the inevitable Mustangs, Corvettes and Cadillacs. An elegant white Studebaker Hawk, a 1937 Ford flatbed and a superbly refitted and metallic painted Ford Falcon 289 starred for us.

Also offering star qualities from overseas were a Lancia Fulvia Corsa HF and the Ferrari-created but Dino-badged beauty.

We also spent far too long reminiscing with an Imp fan whose Stiletto coupe was a reminder of the reporter’s first competition car (actually a 998 Emery Imp GT), but that’s the kind of friendly family show it is: here’s to the next 10 years!

More at website: www.harrismotorsport.co.uk

 

Jeremy Walton

 

Rare Chrysler Rootes: 1600TI & Sunbeam StilettoHistoric Lancia Fulvia HF beside Dino and Mk.3 CortinaAuthor’s favourite among many MinisMetro follows Mini family treeAlways room for a quattro to Vorsprung durch TechnikRare Studebaker Hawk, among strong US presence<>

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