Saturday, 15 October 2016

Blackthorn Classic Car Show (part 2 of 2)

This weeks blog is a 2 part review all about the 2nd annual Blackthorn Classic Car Show. Good friends of mine Caroline and Matthew asked me last year if I fancied a drive to a new local classic car show that just happened to be in the next village to where they live. I of course said 'yes sure', so I met them at their house and after Caroline had made us breakfast we headed about a mile down the road to the next village and the classic car show. Last year there was just over 200 classic cars, motorcycles, tractors, American, military and commercial vehicles on display with around 1300 visitors on the day. After the success of last year the overriding opinion was this just has to be an annual show, so it now has become an annual show. This years show was held on Sunday 4th September at Westbury Farm, Lower Road, Blackthorn. OX25 1TG from 11.00am - 5.00pm. The number of registered entrants this year was closer to 300, that's almost 100 more than the previous year, and of course you'll always get those who don't register but turn up anyway. Once again I arranged to meet Caroline and Matthew at their house, and once again Caroline was very generous with the breakfast roll and the tea before we left so many thanks again to Caroline. After we had breakfast Matthew and I drove the short distance to the show, and as we had both pre-entered we just drove straight in and parked up. (that was after Matthew upset the parking attendant by going the wrong way down the rows of show vehicles.!) Once parked up, Matthew and I started to look around this great little show. The review continues as Matthew and I wander around looking at al the cool classic vehicles.
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This immaculate 1970 Herbie lookalike followed
Matthew and I into the show and consequently
parked next to us. This bug really was straight
and clean.

You can see just how clean this old bug really is
from this photo. Matthew and I had a chat to the
owner who said it had been restored at some
point and that the car got used as much as
possible, which is how it should be.

The brilliant white painted steel wheels with domed
chrome hubcaps looked as clean as the rest of
the car and gave off a perfect reflection of the
AC Cobra parked next to this lovely bug.

Another white beetle at the show was this stock
looking 1969 bug. This 1200cc beauty was just
like new and could have just driven out of the

The only aftermarket items I could see on this
old bug was the twin rear fog lights, which although
were not standard, suited the overall look well.

The Ford Anglia 105Eis a car close to my heart 
as this was my first ever car. This one was an early
1960's model and was immaculate and looked 
fantastic in it's dark blue paint. I did like those 
aftermarket polished wheels that really suited this 
old Ford. Just look at that reflection in that bonnet
 it's just amazing.

The unmistakable shape of the Anglia's slanted
rear screen. Ford produced the Anglia (this shape)
from 1959 - 1967 and they had the 997cc engine. 

Another classic beetle at the show was this lovely
1971 Scarlet red bug. In 1971 the old 1500cc
engine was replaced with a bigger 1600cc unit
that produced 60HP.

Another design change for the '71 model was
the introduction of the crescent shaped air vents
behind the rear quarter window. This lovely old
bug really was a nice looking car.

The motor looked to be standard, which I always
think is best. The engine bay was as you would
expect as clean as the outside.

Another Beetle at the Blackthorn classic car
show was this street race looking dark blue
1967 bug. The low stance with the flared wings
gives the car an aggressive look.

Under the bonnet was a custom built polished
roll cage and alloy fuel tank.

The rear end had been widened and smoothed
out. You can't help but notice that huge whale
tail spoiler but all these body mods are there
for a reason, this bug has a big Porsche motor
tucked into the engine bay.

This is another car I used to have many years
 ago as a young kid. It's a 1970 MK2 Ford 
Cortina 1600E. I can't remember what year my
old 'Tina' was but I remember it wasn't anywhere
as clean as this beautiful example.

The MK2's were produced from 1966 - 1970.
The MK2 Cortina was Britain's most popular
car in 1967. If only I had kept my old Tina it
would be worth a fortune now.

The 1600E was a higher trim version of the
standard Cortina and featured burr walnut
wood grain trimmed dashboard and door caps.

This stunning 1960 corvette C1. This Roman
red and white car was brought over from the 
USA by it's  American owner in 1995. In 1998
 it had a body off restoration which is easy to
see as it was totally immaculate. 

This 'Vette' has the small block V8 motor, and 
a 4 speed manual transmission. I love the small
details on the car, like how the twin exhausts
exit from the corners of the chrome bumper. 

Pure late 1950's - early 1960's American car
 design at it's best. How cool does this interior 

There was so much variety on show at this 
great classic car show. Here a 1967 Mustang
 is parked next to a 1961 Porsche 356SC.

This stunning white '67 hardtop Mustang was
in amazing condition. I think this body style
has to my favourite shape for the Mustang, it's
just a classic shape that doesn't seem to age.

You can see just how nice the body shape is
from this angle. I do like those triple tail lights
and the chrome bumper with the upturned
ends. I also liked the fact that this old '67 was
running on stock wheels with white wall tyres
and not some fancy aftermarket chrome rims.

This lovely silver Porsche 356 SC looked
amazing and totally immaculate. These 356's
were produced from 1964 -1965. The twin
blue stripes over the body and the lack of front
bumper gave this old Porsche a race look.

 The 356 had 1.6 air cooled engine that had
originally been designed for the VW beetle.
I do like those chrome steel wheels, in fact
they are the same as I have on my bus!

I spotted this lovely looking 1985 grey T25
parked up and just had to go and have a look.
I do like the T25 especially when they are this
clean and tidy. The tinted rear windows looked
great against the grey paint, and the high ride
height helped this bus to stand out.

You can see just how straight and clean this
lovely bus was from this photo. I did like the
aftermarket wheels which suited the overall
look of this bus.

This weird and wacky road legal speed boat
looked fantastic as it drove into the show field.
I assume it is built on a Reliant chassis or
something similar that has three wheels.

The boat was named Clockwork Orange and 
painted (obviously) in bright orange, just to 
make sure you don't miss it as it drives past 
you on the road.!

Complete with spare wheel and life buoy this
car / boat really did look like good fun.

I didn't recognise the dashboard but it still looks
like a boat on the inside. I wonder what the local
police think of this creation. Like it or hate it, you
have to admit it's a great piece of engineering.

This lovely 1933/34 Ford sedan hot rod
 arrived at the show and immediately drew 
plenty of attention. This gorgeous car may have
been a replica, but it was too well built to tell.

The 33/34 looked completely different from its
predecessor the 32 Ford. It was longer and 
wider with a more sleek look. The grille was
wider and pointed and rounded and skirted

This subtle hot rod really was nice. The choice
of colour was perfect, and the tinted windows
were a nice touch. I did like the chrome wheels
that set the paint colour off nicely.

This gorgeous red 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang 
GT500 looked amazing and had obviously had
a restoration at some point. The Shelby Mustang
was made from 1965 - 1968 by Shelby and from
1969 - 1970 by Ford. The GT500 had the 428
cubic inch (7.0L) V8 engine with a 4 speed
manual gearbox.

This lovely 2 door fastback really was just like
it had driven out of the factory in Los Angeles.
The body and paint were both flawless and it
was nice to see the GT500 decals along the
bottom of the body as per the original spec.

So that was my brief 2 part review on the great
classic car show. There were hundreds of
vehicles that I just couldn't include in my blog
reviews due to space. This really is a great
show for all the family with plenty to do and see.
A huge thanks once again to Caroline and
Matthew for the hospitality and company, I
for one had a great day. Next weeks blog
is about another local classic car show that
both Caroline and Matthew attended with me
so be sure to come back next Saturday.

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