Sidlesham goes from strength to strength

| 19 Jan 2012

It may not yet rival Classics on the Common for scale, but the Sidlesham classic car meet is yet another classic car success story in the making.

It started last year as a friendly get together of a handful of classic cars owners on the third Sunday of each month held on the football ground car park in the village of Sidlesham – midway between Chichester and Selsey.

At the last event – on 15 January – more than 60 classic cars turned up, for the whole day or just for a drop-in visit.

Among the owners was Terry Bartley (main image). Bartley, from Bognor Regis, was showing his 1966 MG Midget Mk2 of which he is the fifth owner. When he took it for its first MoT after it had been off the road for three years and was given three pages of faults
which took him six months to sort out.

Robert Bailey from Chichester has owned his 1960 MGA 1600 for only four months.
It was restored by a previous owner, but has only travelled a total of
56,000 miles to date.

Tessa Brown from Havant  was showing off her
1965 Austin-Healey Sprite. She became its third owner four years ago, after the car had been garaged for the previous 20 years and was in need of
some considerable restoration carried out by her husband and a friend.

The fourth owner of a 1958 Rover 75, Mick Williams from Portsmouth bought it just four months prior to this event from the previous Isle of Wight owner who had owned it for 34 years had used it very little.

Mick Hemmings of Selsey took over a year to restore his 1972 Rover P6 V8 that he is the third owner of. The car had been off the road for some years and had been bought by his son who planned it as a project, but he never got around to it so dad stepped in.   

Words and pictures by James Clevett