:: [ Edenbridge & Oxted Show - Ardenrun, Lingfield, Surrey
- August Bank Holiday 2002] ::
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This year’s Edenbridge & Oxted Show went off remarkably smoothly
so there’s not much to report in the drama stakes. The weather was
good on both days with no rain, so no mud, which was a great
disappointment to all. But the temperature was remarkably different. On
the Sunday it was tee-shirts and shorts (and with O’Akes, sun cream!),
whereas on the Monday it was stout jeans and anoraks (and with O’Akes,
a woollie pullie!). Amazing how you Brits survive in these extremes of
mid summer! Turnout on both days was the highest ever with 40 cars on
each day. Two extra on the first day and one on the second. No
late no-shows so the ring was chocka. Wont be able to get any more in
and some applicants had to be turned down. Lots of new cars on both
The SVVS contingent was there as usual in full force with thanks to all.
On the Sunday, the Classic Car Day, Keith and Avril Piper came in their
very smart Aston Martin DB5 Drophead which is one of only 12 Vantage
convertibles built. They were parked next to the rather unusual and very
attractive 1971 V8 Bristol 411 belonging to new SVVS member Miles
Pinniger. This is one of only 79 built and was the fastest production
saloon in the world when constructed.
Another new car to the E&O was the 1948 Jaguar Mk 4 belonging to
Mick Goodson. The Mk 4 was the post war name for the SS. While on the
Jaguar theme, Clive Bracey was not there for most of the day in his
usual inconspicuous XK 120. Very conspicuous by its glam looks was the
new David Lilley two tone 1958 Jaguar Mk 8 still fresh from its
restoration. Forever fresh and polished was the Ferrari Red Colin
Mulford 1954 MG TF. More of a ‘BLMC Red’ was the Bryan Shepherd 1966
MG Midget, while the Graham Martin 1948 Eight was Standard grey.
Triumphal were Messrs Roger Horstman in the TR 2, and first time
to the E&O for a nice Christopher Hewitt razor-edged 1953 Renown
previously owned by a titled lady. Worthy of special mention were a
couple of non-member cars new to the Show. Brian Neale brought along his
tidy and smart 1967 Alvis TF 21 which was one of the last Alvis cars
made. Phil Davies brought along his AC 3000 ME. This is one of only 112
which were hand built between 1978 - 1984, being a mid engined car with
a 3 litre V6 driving through a 5 speed Hewland gearbox.
The SVVS seems to be taking over the Vintage Day on the
Monday by occupying some 24 spaces. John Curtis came in his wedding
special 1934 Alvis Speed 20, Mike Fay came in the 1933 LWB Armstrong
Siddeley, and Keith and Avril paid a return vintage visit, this time in
their Pebble Beach conquering 1934 Aston Martin Sports Saloon in those
two gorgeous tones of blue. Alan Reid came in the 1932 Austin Seven
Special in two tones of red and aluminium, and ex PC van de Plod came in
the chunky 1934 replica of E.R. Hall's 3.5 Racing Bentley, naturally in
Racing Green. Adjacent was the much more sedate and regal John Champman
1937 Bentley Derby.
Far from regal, or slow, David Smart 1911 Ford Model T
pickup. Looking absolutely nothing like a Ford Model T was the Locket
1913 Speedboat Special which we are assured has T origins before great
uncle Thomas de Quincey got hold of it and put a boat on it. Nothing
much unusual about the 1928 Ford A Custard Special of Chairman Erroll
except that we were very disappointed that Dianne did not attend; was
missed and no excuses ! Nothing much unusual either about the roof being
up on the Tony Russell Bugatti 7W Ford Popular Convertible which chugged
its last breath on the way home; major engine transplant imminent -
dragster spec ?? Sharing picnic tables were the adjacent O’Akes
temporarily off-duty E&O Steward duo in the larger of their Humbers,
the 1930 Snipe, seemingly feeding the lonely hungry Chairman Erroll.
(Not with my salami I hope??)
Further down was Harry Scott and the ‘Old Witch’, the 1924 Lancia
Lambda. Not far were Messrs Picnic Organisers in their 1946 MG TC ‘Cuddlemobile’,
although how in a TC beats me? And adjacent were Messrs Editor Julian
and Thelma Alderton in their MG Y with that bootlid that is so useful as
a picnic table. Newish members Mr & Mrs Peter Dingle in the weddings
1923 Morris Bullnose were next to Frank Hayter and co in ‘Big JO’
the 1934 Morris Oxford Six. Messrs Mike Gorman as usual in the 1934
Morris 10/4 cohabited with the Simon Bishop party in the 1925 Singer
10/26. What’s up with Bishop, not late these days!
Dividing them was our ‘Worried with Taperecorder’ Chris Cuss who had
ensured good weather for us all by coming in the 1935 Riley Kestrel
which we are reliably informed only ever comes out if it does not rain.
It didn’t, but how was he so sure?? Probably glad that it didn’t
were Messrs Donald Bingham in the le Mans Prototype 1933 Singer works
car which we hardly ever see with the roof up, whatever the weather.
Hopalong Pearce was instructed by Jackie that he will attend the Show
which he then did in the stately regal 1933 Siddeley Special although I
had him down for months as coming in the Stoneleigh. Seems a
battletank is easier on his foot than a lightweight chummy.
The Triumph duo of Clive Mellor in the 1935 Gloria Southern Cross and
Jon Quiney in the sculptured beauty the 1940 Dolomite waterfall were
adjacent again and causing much stir; as indeed was Don Williams with
his mini expo on the 1927 Trojan Tourer. In fact, that end of the row
seemed to be constantly busy and enhanced by the much admired 15 litre
1917 American La France Special of ex member Leo Smith. Missing from the
Show was Alan Benewith due temporary ill health.
Worthy of special mention were also a few non-member vintage cars new to
the Show. Alan Moriaty brought along a 1926 Austin 12/4 with an
Australian Holden Body, David Glew in a neat 1939 MG TA, James Walker
who came in an interesting Rolls Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon being one of
only two with this body which is sort of Bentley continental-ish at the
back, and Paul Walby who came in his unusual and smart 1937 Talbot BD75.
The Peter Price 1927 Maharajah Rolls Royce 20 first seen last year
continues to draw crowds.
Yours truly was as usual in the Site Hut, the static 1932 Rolls Royce
20/25 Shooting Brake which is making some odd noises from the gearbox
after the car floated away in the recent floods. Getting the mayonnaise
out of the gearbox proved quite difficult and by the sounds of things, copious quantities of it are probably still in there ! But
not from the E&O Show!
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