The first car show of 2020 (for me anyway), which took place last Sunday 16th 2020 at Stonham Barns in Suffolk. It took me about twenty five minutes to get there at a gentle pace. I arrived at about nine fifteen and the sky was grey. Forecast was forty six percent chance of rain, I figured it was worth the gamble, I had to go. I parked up with the Bury Retro Car Club whom had a club stand on the tarmac and not grass which is always nice. As I always do when I park up, I wiped the little ol’ lady down with some quick detailer, paying particular attention to the windscreen with glass cleaner. I think the glass had collected more than its fair share of insects for the short trip.
I decided to go and get some photos before the promised rain was due to arrive just after lunch time. With no particular order some cars that took my interest as I wondered around. the sun even showed it’s face for a few minutes now and then.
A while ago I did a little article on the Ford Capri being the UK Mustang here, these photos show the comparison next to each other which was rather nice.
There seems to be a growing trend in the UK for half cars to be the trailer:
More Mustangs including this red ’69 done to concours standards.
VW were out in force and the patina on the beetles was a little extreme, when it’s flaking off.
The rest of the cars I liked:
There was a number of stalls there too, nothing to fancy just the usual auto jumble, which was on the grass just behind the club stand.
Bury Retro Car Club stand:
I thought mu car was quite a long car, when compared next to a stretched Caddy – It’s tiny. The front of the cars lined up more or less level.
Tim Greening let me borrow his video from his YouTube channel; https://www.youtube.com/c/AutoAddictuk/ Thanks Tim 🙂
You can just about catch a glimpse of me chillin out and chatting cars just behind my car.
I took a few pics while sitting in my chair of the new wax I have been using. I did notice the clarity of the shine while sitting there.
I thought I would play around with the colours a bit on this one, black & white with a little hind of car colour.
I left at three in the afternoon an hour before it was due to shut, the wife had text me to say there was thunderstorms at home. I wanted to get home before the car got soaked.
The clouds were blackening up as I did a very quick wipe over before I covered the car up in the garage. As I got out the car in the garage the heavens opened and it chucked it down. That’s what I call perfect timing, literally thirty seconds from rain.
For once I went to a car show and it didn’t rain, I was well chuffed. What could be better than than? I know – a pic of me in the review view mirror of the Jag XJ6 next to mine! I didn’t move the chair to take this pic I just happened to look up and there I was.
I needed that car show. I just had to get out and catch up with friends again, grab some fresh air and look at cars, lots of cars. I had two offers to buy my car during the day, one which was some bloke takin the p!$$ or trying to wind me up I’m not sure which, the other guy gave me his card just in case I wanted to sell, after asking me some good questions about the history of the car.
There are two more scheduled car shows this year that I have booked in to attend. Will the rain hold off for me so I can get to them? I hope so, with all the rain I got caught in last year, it’s the least mother nature could do for us considering the pandemic we have endured so far.
18 thoughts on “At Last”
Awesome! I’ve always loved classic cars! <3
It must have been great to finally get to a show. I hope to attend my first one this coming weekend. Great photos as always — as a Yank, I especially enjoy the pix of the cars which we never got over here (although as a lifelong car nut it’s also a strange feeling to not recognize every car!). And finally, your car looks great.
Thanks for the kind comments Richard, like you I don’t recognise some of the cars either and exactly as you say it a strange feeling not knowing. Its always a balancing act to get some truly awesome US cars and some UK cars. My heart is firmly on your side of the pond with the great era of American muscle cars.
I almost forgot, good luck with your show and don’t forget some pics. 👍
Follow-up—our show did happen. Very different, but just as welcome:
Now thats a proper show.
What a brilliant collection of photos, thank you for sharing your experience with me. Best Wishes, Charlotte
Thanks Charlotte. 👍👍
Ah we’ve missed your show reports! Glad you got there and back in the dry, great photos 😀
Thanks Adam, go to be back on show. It won’t be long before we are seeing similar posts from you. 👍
Thank you for all the pictures and I’m glad you beat the rain. I have to wonder how that (I think) 1978 Plymouth Fury police car made it over the pond …
I see it quite often, I will ask if I catch up with him. 👍
So happy for you!
Thanks Dana. 👍
Excellent. No car shows out here this summer.