Classic & Sports Car held its annual Car Park Party yesterday evening and there was a fantastic turnout of club reps, readers and subscribers in a wonderfully eclectic selection of classic cars.
The car park was packed with more than 120 vehicles ranging from a gorgeous Austin Seven to a couple of behemoth yanks and, of course, many of the C&SC Our classics fleet.
This year the event also had a charity element that, between eBay sales of invitations, plus a book sale and a collection on the evening, raised nearly £1000 for chosen charity Shooting Stars CHASE.
The biggest coincidence of the evening came when two Chrysler-powered hybrids pulled up side by side.
It wasn’t just the engine that the Jensen FF and Facel Vega Facel II had in common, though, both had belonged to drumming legends, the Jensen to Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham and the Facel to Ringo Starr of The Beatles.
The Facel, which belongs to Justin Banks of Godin-Banks, was the most talked about car of the evening and unsurprisingly was the near-unanimous winner of the informal Car Park Concours voted for by the C&SC team.
One of the oldest cars on-site was Chris Bass’ 1930 Crossley Silver, built in Manchester, while others the team picked out included a Ruddspeed Volvo Amazon owned by Geoff Gordon, Paul Noon’s immaculate Citroën CX Prestige and Robin Weathersbee’s 1947 Plymouth P15 Convertible Coupe.
Weathersbee said: “I bought it on eBay having never seen it in the metal. I then had to wait for its delivery from the US.
“I was worried that it might be a bit too ostentatious for the UK, but I have had the car eight years now and have had only positive reactions to it – it seems to bring a smile to people’s faces.”
Other highlights included live music, a free bar, superb burgers from Street Kitchen and a classic ice cream van serving delicious treats.
C&SC says: the only bad thing about our car park party (apart from some annoying drizzle yesterday!) is that space restraints mean we can’t invite more people. We are doing our best to spread the invitations around, however, through subscriber ballots, eBay sales and direct invitations to clubs. We pledge that we’ll keep doing that as long as we are running the event, so, over the years to come, as many different people as possible can come along and enjoy a lovely evening with like-minded enthusiasts.