The inaugural Gillingham & Shaftesbury Motoring Pageant on 26 June was judged a roaring success and a date (24 June) has already been set for 2012.
The rumours of great classics in the Dorset area were proved true with some incredible vehicles on display including numerous Ferrari’s, a Jaguar XK120 and a brace of S1 E-types on display.
An original 1969 Dodge Charger which was signed by actor John Schneider (Bo Duke) and painted as the General Lee was one of the show stars and a perfect ’67 'Bullitt' Mustang also proved popular – the owner was driving to the coast and diverted having spotted the roadsigns for the event.
Practical and modern classics were also prominent with the Dorset RS Owners' Club featuring a fabulous display including RS Cosworths right through to the latest Focus.
Other clubs to be commended include Three Counties, Triumph Sports Six, Salisbury and Shaftesbury, Bournemouth and District, Sunbeam Alpine and many more.
Southern Classic Speedway brought several classic speedway bikes (many being former title winners) and rode them into the arena.
Show director Jason Lunn said: "I and my fellow show director Helen Morton are thrilled with the show and its support; it’s what the area has been waiting for. We’ve already agreed the date for next year and everyone wants to tell their friends. It’s the best first show we could ever have hoped for! We’d like to thank all our visitors, entrants and our sponsors."
Organisers are confident of doubling the show size for next year. For more information visit the web site www.gillinghampageant.co.uk where you can also e-mail your details to be added to the mailing list for next year.