Superb classic turn-out for fourth Haslemere show and run

| 13 Jun 2012

More than 70 vintage and classics cars met at Lion Green for the start of the fourth running of the fast-growing Haslemere Classic Car Show and Tour.

After signing on and breakfast the group departed for a 60-mile round trip along the local lanes, with a half way stop at the Tangmere Aviation Museum (below) near Chichester before travelling back over the South Downs (including doing the 'South Harting Hillclimb', which ran from 1904-1924, in reverse).

On arrival back at Lion Green they were joined by loads more classics swelling the cars on show to 160.

Vehicles ranged from a 1900 De Dion Bouton owned by Mike Mutters from Haslemere to James Mann's Lagonda M45 (below). Originally brought by Mann's grandfather and rallied extensively in the mid-'30s – including the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally – it now has 407,000 miles on the clock!

Other standouts were a Salmson Val 3 Skiff-tailed tourer (above) owned by Nigel Coulter from Hindhead, Sally and Dave Shepherd's Aston Martin DB4 coupled to 1948 Cheltenham Caravan (below), plus Mario the Multipla (two below) the popular Fiat 600D Multipla that is a fixture as one of the period taxis at the Goodwood Revival.

Period dress was encouraged and judged by John Orr of the Haslemere Wardrobe and 1940s-style model Fleur-de-Guerre (above, in Mario the Multipla), the winning car and crew being Ian and Ann Marshall of Liphook in their MGA (below). They won a pair of tickets to the Goodwood Revival.

A bouquet was presented to Charlotte Andrews who was a passenger in a flag decked Daimler EL24 (below, with Rigby Andrews and Fleur-de-Guerre).

The People's Choice poll was won by Patrick Markey from Crawley in his immaculate Vauxhall Wyvern E (below) while Aaron Brown was recognised as the youngest driver on the event in his Triumph Spitfire and Dave Rix scooped the award for 'biggest grin' of the day.