Rain stops play for UK classic meets


Torrential rain is causing misery for classic car lovers this Bank Holiday weekend with news that the Bedfordshire Classic Motor Show at Woburn Park and the Classic Car Rally at Gawsworth Hall, have been called off.

It would have been Bedfordshire Classic Motor Show's 15th year, but faced with an already waterlogged ground and with more rain forecast, event director Stephen Smith was left with no option but to cancel.

He said: “It is a disappointment for everyone, but our first duties are to the classic car owners and the venue itself. The hard decision has been made to take much of the show, including the Concours Competition, forward to the Fathers’ Classic Day Out car show at Woburn on 17 June.”

Any tickets bought for this weekend’s event can be used in June.

Meanwhile, Gawsworth’s classic-car rally, due to be held this Bank Holiday Monday, has been rescheduled to 16 June, which clashes with the nearby Cholmondeley Pageant of Power.

Event organiser Rupert Richards said: “Due to the very wet weather we have had over the last few weeks and given the poor forecast, the show at Gawsworth Hall has been postponed to Saturday 16 June.”

There’s bad news from the USA, too, with the announcement that the Fairfield County Concours has been canned after failing to find a suitable location for 2012.

“Ultimately, we concluded that none of the options enabled us to continue our steady growth over eight years and onward towards our greater goals,” said the events chairman Bill Scheffler.

The concours is expected to return in 2013.

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