Superb selection of classics blossoms in the secret garden

| 11 Jul 2013

A wonderfully eclectic range of machinery swarmed into the Luton Hoo estate for Classics in the Walled Garden yesterday afternoon.

"Bookings were about 10% down on what I was expecting,” said organiser Peter Madden, “but loads more people turned up on spec. It was such a nice evening and they know that you can book on the gate because we have plenty of room.”

A fine turnout of exotica included Paul Cowley’s MVS Venturi 260 (above) and a superb Iso pair that featured in Martin Buckley’s October 2012 C&SC article. Barry Twitchell brought the immaculate Lele (below) that he restored himself and was once the family transport, while parked opposite was Jane Weitzmann’s gorgeous Grifo – the ’67 Earls Court Motor Show car (two below).

Not to be outdone, the local branch of the Ferrari Owners’ Club was out mob-handed with a mouthwatering selection that included a 275GTB (parked alongside a new 458 Italia), a 330GT 2+2, a Daytona, a 330GTS and an even-rarer 365GTS – one of about 20.

They weren’t all parked together, either – keeping in the spirit of the event – with the two GTSs either side of a fabulous Austin 3 Litre (main image).

Nearby was Chris Overton’s superb TVR 1800S Mk4, which was the demonstrator when he had a Saturday job washing cars at the Barnet Motor Company. He bought the dilapidated car 20 years later and restored it with his brother-in-law Neil Pinkstone.

There was something for all tastes, in fact, such as a few vintage Bentleys, a nice pair of Porsche 356s, the oldest-surviving Vauxhall Cavalier and the lowest Chevy pick-up that you’re ever likely to see!

A fine Ford contingent included a couple of very smart Anglia 307E vans, with Luton Hoo regular Neil McCarty’s on the right.

More pictures

Brett Israel’s lovely Golf yellow BMW 2002 with rather nice Jaguar Mk2

Immaculate Volvo 1800S