Saturday, 20 January 2018

Chearsley Classic Car Show 2107 (part 2 of 2)

This weeks blog is the second instalment all about the Chearsley Village Classic and Vintage Fun Day, which is held around the cricket pitch in the picturesque Buckinghamshire village of Chearsley on Sunday 10th September 2017. The village of Chearsley is nestled between Thame in Oxfordshire and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and is only about 5 miles from my hometown and one which I attend every year. The proceeds from this show go towards the development of the village club to benefit all the villagers, from the young to the old. There is always plenty to do and see at this show including: classic cars and vehicles, live music, entertainment for the younger children, arts and crafts stalls, refreshments and a bar, and normally there is even a fly by from a WW2 spitfire. This year I had arranged to meet some good friends of mine, CJ, Matthew and Caroline at the local service station for a short cruise to the show. We had decided to put on a bit of a display at the show, which by all accounts looked really good.
To see all my other blog entries, go to ‘My Blog Archive’ to the left of this page. Simply click on an arrow for a particular year, then click on an arrow for a particular month, this will then give you a drop down menu for all the blog entries for that month.

A mate of mine, John came along to the show in
his gorgeous mango and white 1973 Westfalia
late bay. The twin roof racks along with the tinted
steel sun visor and twin yellow spot lights enhance
the overall look of this lovely bus.

John's bus is running a pretty much stock 1600cc
motor which is more than adequate. Since owning
the bus John has replaced the interior to suit his
and his families needs. The chrome Empi 5 spoke
wheels, along with the deluxe chrome trim add
more than enough sparkle to this old bus.

This 1979 sky blue and white Devon Moonraker
was a very solid looking bus. This bus had a lot
of nice touches, such as the colour co-ordinated
roof canvas, the white spare wheel cover and the
clear front indicator lenses.

You can see just how clean this bus was from
this photo. The light blue and white steel wheels
suited the overall look.

The interior was just as clean as the outside and
looked very homely with its matching pastel blue
and white accessories.

Another blue and white bay but this one is a '71
early bay. Again this looked to be a very clean
and tidy. Unfortunately I didn't get any more photos
of this bus as I didn't want to be a nuisance as the
owners were trying to get ready for the show.

This 1951 Pontiac Chieftain deluxe convertible
coupe certainly stood out with all it's chrome that
shone like new. This lovely restored car was in
fact better than new condition, every nut and bolt, 

washer, hose and wire looked to be brand new.

The Pontiac Chieftain came with a choice of four
engine sizes, this one looks to be the 239 cubic
inch 6 cylinder, but there was also 248 cubic inch
8 cylinder motor available.

The Chieftain came with some interesting optional
extras, including a radio with seven vacuum tubes,
a tissue dispenser, under seat heating and for the
1950's business man, a Remington auto-home
shaver !.

This stunning 1954 Chevrolet 3100 truck was
immaculate. The light blue paint was perfectly
applied over the super straight body.

If this is the original engine, it'll be 235 cubic inch
straight six. I didn't speak to the owner so I'm not
sure but as this restored truck looks to be original
I'm guessing it is the original engine.

In 1954 design changes included round tail lights
as opposed to rectangular ones on previous years.
Other design changes for '54 was a curved front
windscreen. You can see just how straight and
clean this gorgeous truck was from this photo.

Another design change for the '54 model was a
revised dashboard. It may look basic to us but
back in the day this was state of the art stuff.

The main thing I like about these classic car
shows is the vast diversity of vehicles. At a VW
show, you normally just see VW's and maybe a
Porsche or two but at his type of car show you
can see classic cars from around a dozen or so

This lovely 1968 Jaguar 420G was immaculate
and looked great in it's light blue paint scheme.
The 420 was produced from 1966 - 1968 but
due to the high purchase price sales were not
that good, with only just over 10,000 being made.  

The engine in the 420G is a 4.2 litre, 245 BHP
unit with dual carbs and mated to a Borg
Warner type 35 gearbox. Performance for this
car was 0 - 60 in just under 10 seconds, and a
top speed of just over 125 MPH.

This Plymouth 5 window coupe caught my eye
as it just oozed hot rod. The body is circa 1933
and finished in a traditional grey with bright red
big and little steel wheels. I did like those exhaust

side pipes.

I didn't find out much about this car but speaking
to my mate Dave (who owns the '32 Ford below) 

he thinks the car is self built by a guy quite local to
us. It did look very well built with plenty of attention
to detail.

This old rod looks as though it has a '32 Ford
grille shell, which is a common alternative part
for hot rodders with coupe's. The front horns also
look as though they could be from a '32, so maybe
this car rolls on a complete '32 chassis? It's a
shame I couldn't find out more about this car.

Another mate of mine, Dave brought his stunning
chopped and channelled 1932 Ford 3 window 

coupe to the show. This fenderless coupe is pure 
hot rod and running a big 283 cubic inch motor 
which is linked to a tough TH350 gearbox.

A fenderless '32, whether a 3 window or 5 window
has to be the ultimate hot rod. Dave's '32 has the
traditional hot rod stance with nose in the weeds
with the rear sitting higher. It also has the traditional
mix of big and little banded steel wheels. 

These hot rods really do add something special
to these classic car meets.

Two different styles of the fenderless coupe, but
both these cars looked tough.

This RAT looking Ford F100 truck looked great
with its rough looking paint. The sign written doors
and the colour matched sun visor were both
neat touches. The F series truck has been made
from 1948 to present and has been the best selling
vehicle in the U.S. since 1981 and the best selling
pick up since 1977. It is also the best selling
vehicle in Canada. Very impressive huh?

I do like these early F100's. In the early 1970's
the body designed changed and they were more
square which I think ruined the cool look but that's
progress I guess. This 1960 model would have
had either a 360 cubic in or 390 cubic inch V8

The MG owners club had plenty of members with
their vehicles attend the show.

This is what I mean about diversity of vehicles,
there were vehicles from the early 1900's to
modern day, and everything in between.

To round up this two part blog review about the
Chearsley classic car show, we have Matthew
just chilling out in the hammock, something that
we did at sometime during the day.

So that was the 2 part review of this fantastic car
show. Like I said in the first instalment, next year
(or rather later this year) Matthew, CJ and myself
will have a bigger and better visual display and
I for one can't wait. Next weeks blog is all about
the Run the Ring VW charity cruise where over

700 Volkswagens of all descriptions cruised 
around the M25 motorway to help raise money 
for charity. To see this amazing spectacle be 
sure to come back next Saturday.

No comments:

Post a Comment