2003 Classic Car Shows

2003 shows

Cholmondeley Castle, near Malpas, August 31st

Heading towards Autumn, the weather wasn't quite so warm for this show, but the rain held off all day and a good time was had by all. DSG turnout was very good, with HPFs from myself and Mark Arratoon, two potential members (Colin and Les) in Magnum coupe and saloon respectively, together with a dark blue Magnum coupe and three FE VX saloons.

This was an "unofficial" club stand as almost all of us had acquired passes either as individual entries or via other clubs - mine came via the South Cheshire Collectors Car Club - but the setting is very pleasant in the grounds of the castle and we hope to be present again next year. We joined with the VX4/90 drivers club to help present a larger selection of vehicles.

Interesting visitors to the stand included an ex-Vauxhall employee who had the job of test-driving all the HPFs prior to delivery to the dealers, and chap who has some interesting history on the green HS Chevette which was quite well-known in the DSG a while back.

Tatton Park Classic Car Show, August 16/17

Once again the weather gave us nothing to complain about, although it wasn't quite as warm as the show here earlier in the year. A joint stand with the Viva Owners Club gave us seven cars on Saturday, and so many on Sunday I forgot to count. All the usual faces were there, including myself and Barry Carter (HPFs), Mark Arratoon (HPF), Baz and Sid from Bradford (HPF and Sportshatch), Jerry (HB) and a new DSG member Colin with a smart Magnum coupe. The VOC was well-represented with HA, HB and HC models. Deon (VOC organiser) even went to the trouble of bringing two cars.

I was pleased to meet a previous owner of my HPF on Saturday. He had owned it many years ago, when it was only four years old, and was happy to see it still on the road. Apparently the inner wings were already starting to go rusty when he owned it..

Chester Festival of Transport, June 15

Another glorious sunny day at Chester Racecourse. A very small autojumble, this show is actually part of Chester Carnival and is aimed at the general public more so than classic car enthusiasts.

Turnout was very impressive, with seven cars on the stand. We had three HPFs (myself, Barry Carter and Mark Arratoon), a Sportshatch (Alex), a Viva HB (Jerry), a Magnum coupe and a Viva GT. Nice to see the stand so full.

Tatton Park Classic Car Show, May 31/June 1

Blazing hot sun marked a contrast for Tatton Park show where the covered stands are normally a refuge from the rain. A good turnout had three HPFs on display on Sunday.

The photo shows the joint DSG / VOC stand on Sunday, with HPFs (left to right) from myself, Barry Carter and Mark Arratoon. The immaculate red Magnum coupe on the left belongs to Les from the VOC.

Cholmondeley Castle, May 11

Mixed weather with sun and showers throughout the day, but a good general turnout. My first time at this show and I'll certainly go again. It's quite local to home, and the setting in the grounds of the castle is very pleasant.

Sandbach Festival of Transport, April 13

Weather held good for this show, which was very busy but with fewer steam engines than other years.