Thousands flock to Custom and Hot Rod Festival

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More than 7500 enthusiasts made it to Beaulieu’s Custom and Hot Rod Festival on 16 June.

One of the show’s highlights was Europe’s first dragster, Sydney Allard’s eponymous 1961 Chrysler.

Now owned by the National Motor Museum Trust, it had been subject to a five-year restoration by a team of enthusiasts (the Allard Chrysler Action Group) and had only just been returned to its curators.

Starring alongside was Andy Robinson Race Cars’ Pro Mod 1969 Camaro.

Visitors’ cars were judged throughout the day in five categories, with Best in Show going to Steve Pickett’s Chevrolet C10 Pick Up, which he has owned from the age of 19.

Taking the People’s Choice was Ian McCoubrey’s 1950 Chevrolet Sedan panel van.

Other awards included Craig Becque’s 1932 Ford Roadster (Best Hot Rod), Wayne James’ 1960 Buick Electra 225 (Best American) and Dave Cannon’s 1937 Chevrolet Coupe (Best Custom).

The Victory Wheelers club had an awards ceremony for its members, too, with Tony Dodd’s 1929 Model A Pick Up scooping its Spirit of the Club trophy.

Sunday’s show was the grand finale of a whole weekend of activities for custom and hot rod fans, which included camping from Friday night through to Sunday, live music, plus a ride-out through the Forest to Lepe on Saturday.

Next year’s event will be held on 15 June.

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