Packed paddock heralds 'best gathering yet' at Shelsley Walsh

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More than 200 classics such as a Ford GT40 plus models from Aston Martin, Lotus, Alpine, Porsche and Ferrari were on show at Shelsley Walsh’s Breakfast Club yesterday.

The best sunny morning of the year so far attracted a turnout of 300 people – 120 more than had been anticipated.

Midland Automobile Club commercial manager Mark Constanduros said: “Shelsley Walsh was featured by Jules Hudson in his Escape to the Country BBC programme so we think that may have encouraged more people to attend.”

“All in all, it was a fabulous morning and credit must be given to the club members and visitors who take such a pride in the presentation of their varied and wonderful cars.”

Retired engineering quality manager Frank Platts brought along the 1971 MGB GT that he restored.

He said: “Thanks to having a luxury workshop at home, which has a pit, hoists and is carpeted to save my knees, I enjoyed every minute of the renovation work.”

To attend the venue’s next Breakfast Club on 7 May, which is open to anyone and free to attend, enthusiast are encouraged to pre-register on the Shelsley website.

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