The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show has long been the preserve of car clubs, but that’s all set to change this year following the announcement that a Pride of Ownership display dedicated to individuals’ cars will be added to the line-up.
More than 70 classic owners applied to exhibit their cars at the 13-15 Novemebr event, with just 25 of the finest examples – which range from a Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 to an Aston Martin DB4/2 – being given the green light.
A Freestone and Webb-bodied Bentley R Type belonging to Peter Gunn will be one of the most imposing. The car spent much of its life in use as a diplomatic car by the West German Embassy before falling into the hands of the Harley Street physician responsible for creating the artificial knee joint and, remarkably, it’s been in continuous use for 63 years without being restored.
Fans of American muscle will be taken with Luke Greenwood’s rare Rainbow Colours Ford Mustang. Only 133 examples were ever built in 1968 with just two known to have survived, making the event a rare opportunity to see the car in the metal.
Imitation is the sincerest form on flattery – at least for Steve Mills, a wooden boat restorer. He fell in love with the mahogany-bodied cars of French coachbuilder H Labourdette, and has spent the past four years creating a replica based on a 1929 Packard.
His passion is echoed by Steve Bartlett, whose Triumph TR2 will also be on display at the event. He bought the car in 2008 and has spent every spare moment since collecting parts and rebuilding the car – mostly in his kitchen!