Classics throng into Harpenden

| 26 Jul 2012

You never know what to expect among the 1200 or so vehicles that swarm into Harpenden every July for Classics on the Common.

Yesterday’s glorious summer afternoon drew everything from Austin Sevens to American muscle cars and Latin exotica. Where else would you see a Mk1 Car Campers Ford Transit alongside a Lamborghini 400GT (above) once owned by actress Sarah Miles and a glorious Hispano-Suiza? Other exotica included the Finburgh family’s Ferrari 250GT Europa and a stunning ’66 275GTB.

Nearby was the fabulous Wolseley 1300 Mk1 that Tony Cole from Chigwell bought new in ’68 and has now clocked up 239,000 miles, the first 100,000 of which it covered in five years as business transport and towing a trailer.

Other one-owner cars included the Jaguar E-type that American John Eddleman bought as a US-spec model in 1970, then took the car with him when he went to work in the States, before returning to the UK and having it converted to right-hand drive.

American motors always feature strongly at the busy mid-week gathering, which drew about 10,000 spectators, such as a brace of Chevy Camaros, plus Mustangs from most eras, a cool Hudson Hornet and a beautiful but massive ’63 Imperial Crown.

The beauty of the event, though, is the sheer range of machinery, with once commonplace but now rare mainstream hatchbacks such a Mk1 Ford Fiesta and a flat-twin Citroën Visa receiving just as much attention as a Hupmobile ‘City to City Racer’ and a GP beach buggy with an exacting Porsche 911 RS 2.7 recreation.

There’s always a good selection of commercial vehicles, too, such as a fabulous German Mk1 Transit in Feuerwehr Cleversulzbach livery. There are more photos from the event on our Facebook page here.