The Great Classic and Supercar show held on Sunday 17th July was held in beautiful weather. The show had more car entries, 1800+ cars on display, and more visitors with some 10,000 people attending the show, both figures higher than ever before.
This year the Marque Feature was Rolls Royce and with the help of sponsor Rybrook Rolls Royce of Bristol a fantastic array of cars were on display from 1904 to current day models.
As usual we welcomed the arrival of Supercar tours featuring McLaren courtesy of Rybrook McLaren (including the £1.8M – P1), Lamborghini and Aston Martin courtesy of H R Owen and a terrific collection from the PistonHeads club members.
For the first time this year we complimented our Rally Car section with the ‘World Rally Championship’ simulator which delighted and possibly terrified those who took the ride.
The show was supported by 47 car clubs who between them displayed over 600 cars on the showfields in front of the Castle.
Another new feature was the Supercar static display which hosted over 30 of the worlds’ most powerful and expensive cars.
The Castle Forecourt display had amongst other exhibits three chain driven race cars from the early 1900’s. These were the 1905 Fiat Isotta Fraschini 16.5ltr, a 1904 Maudslay 9ltr and the Rolls Royce – Manchester Special, courtesy of Haynes Motor Museum, which boasts a 27.5 ltr Spitfire Merlin engine. The cars were all fired up during the day.
With over 150 trade, craft and autojumble stands, both Jazz and Forties music, and a childrens area there was something for everyone.
The whole event is run to benefit charities both National and Local, last year we raised £20,000 our target for this year was £30,000 and we are confident that with the fantastic support of all who joined us on the day or provided services we have far exceeded that figure.