The Bexhill 100 Motoring Club’s Classic and Custom Car show was once again a resounding hit for the town and this year celebrity television personality Mike Brewer set the wheels in motion by officially opening the event.
The Classic and Custom car show, which took place on Bank Holiday Monday (August 31) at the Polegrove, marked the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club’s 11th anniversary for hosting the event.
A spokeswoman for the club said the show committee worked hard to ensure that everyone enjoyed the annual event, which has grown in popularity since the first show in 2004, and though the weather was uncertain it turned out to be a roaring success.
“The weather looked daunting, following a thunder storm the night before, and the organisers were hoping and praying that they did not get a repeat of last year’s show, when it rained heavily all day long,” she said.
“The cars steadily started arriving from 7am and shortly after that it started raining again but we decided to make the best of it and go ahead regardless.
“Mike Brewer, who currently co-presents TV’s Wheeler Dealers, generously gave his services free of charge, as the profits from the show are donated to charity.
“He was kind enough to spend the whole day at the show, chatting to visitors, commentating when selected cars were driven in the display area and presenting the trophies to the winning cars.”
A wide variety of around 500 cars, and some motorbikes, catering for all tastes, were displayed in all their buffed and preened shining glory.
These included a 1915 Hudson 6/40 (reported to be a barn find from the USA which has been possibly off road since 1919 until 1989); a 1933 Riley Nine – designed by the Earl of March; a 1970 Gilbern T11 Prototype and a 1973 Russian Gaz Volga which was originally designed mainly for the government security service, KGB and high rank members of the Communist Party.
A variety of trade stands included an Auto Jumble and catering stalls.
Entertainment was provided by the talents of international violinist, Caroliolina - who the club spokeswoman says has been making a big impact with her stunning performances and enchanting audiences worldwide with her spectacular musical shows and singing act The Starlite Duo performed a range of gentle, relaxing music.
Children were entertained with a Birds of Prey demonstration from 1066 Falconry, which attracted much interest from the crowds, bouncy castles and the chance to get behind the wheel with a small go-Karting track.
A minute’s silence was held in memory of the recent Shoreham Air Show Disaster.
Charities which will benefit from the profits of this year’s show are: Demelza Childrens’ Hospice, the Kent, Surrey & East Sussex Air Ambulance, St Michael’s Hospice and the Golden Marigold Club.
The club spokeswoman added: ”This year’s show was the last one under the management of Tom Mason and Heidi Speck, who had been running it jointly for the past six years.
“Members of Bexhill 100 Motoring Club asked Mike Brewer to present Tom and Heidi with gifts to thank them for all the hard work they had put in over the last six years.
“Though the weather wasn’t what we’d hoped for this year, people who attended had a great time and we hope to have made a substantial amount for our chosen charities.”
Among the trophies presented were:
* The Best in Show trophy went to Brian Tofts’ 1937 MG VA Tickford
* The Best Classic trophy was presented to Alan Pegler, for his 1951 Daimler DB18 Special Sport
* Charlie Rowland’s 1984 DJ5 US Postal Van won the prize for the Best Commercial vehicle.
* The best Bexhill 100 Club Car was Steve and Trish Davis’s Volkswagen Camper Van
* The Peter Nowak trophy, which was donated by Pauline Forward in Peter’s memory, was presented to Penny Eldridge for her 1970 Triumph Herald
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