Hundreds of classics roll into West Sussex

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More than 200 classic and vintage cars, commercials, motorcycles and traction engines flocked to the Amberley Vintage Vehicle Show on 14 October at the village’s museum and heritage centre.

An MG J1 Saloonette (above), which had been bought by its owner in 1976 and restored over 30 years, joined cars such as Fred Wilton’s 1937 Austin Seven AAK Open Road Tourer. The latter had been subject to an nine-year restoration – passing its MoT first time in 1991.

Geoff Millichamp displayed another Seven, this time a Tourer (above) from 1933, which has participated in the Austin 7 Run (from London to Brighton).

Stars of the show, however, were David Franklin from Guildford, with his 1929 Rover 10/25, and Gordon Cobbold from Worthing, showing a 1927 Austin 12/4. The pair have attended every show since its inception in 1979.

Fords were out in force, too, with everything from a 1954 Popular Saloon (above), to a lovely 1935 48 Cabriolet and a Model A Tudor Sedan – complete with ornamental flying quail.

Other machines of interest included a 1930 Morgan Aero 2 Seater, a 1930 Aston Martin International 1½ litre Sports Tourer, which was recently bought at Bonhams, and a 1936 Morris Eight Series 1 Tourer.

Commercials on show included a 1949 Fordson, Austin A30 and an ex-New Zealand Morris Commercial J Type (below).

The event attracted numerous clubs including the Early Ford V8 club UK and the MG Owners’ Club.

Meanwhile, museum staff in period dress performing traditional tasks (such as broom making), the working tramocar, period bus garages and workshops, added to the theme.

The event is held on the second Sunday of October each year, to find out more click here.

Words and pictures: Matthew Price

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