Sunday 17 August 2014

Tatton Park Classic Motor Show

Today I visited the Passion for Power Classic Motor Show held at Tatton Park in Cheshire. I'm not normally into classic and vintage cars but I heard last year this show had over 2000 exhibits and 90 car clubs attending so I thought it'd be worth checking out. There was also the promise of a decent sized auto jumble and trade stalls to browse around.

We arrived around 09.30 and didn't have any problems with queues or traffic on the way in. You can always tell when you are getting close to an event like this as rare cars start appearing on the roads nearby. We followed an original Audi Quattro to the entrance gates before it headed off towards the exhibition area.

A good hour or so was spent just wandering around the various stalls that were stocking everything from cheap tools, toys, and gardening equipment, to classic spare parts (aka junk) and loads of different kinds of polish and waxes. You could easily kit out your whole garage and spend the entire day browsing for bargains.

I was more interested in the cars and ended up spending a few hours looking around the various car club displays. There was a decent range of classic and newer cars which were presented to a good standard. Apparently there were 70 trophies on offer, and judges would be viewing every car. This year the show also had a marquee dedicated to dream cars; hidden away in here I found one of David Coulthard's F1 McLaren cars from the 2000 season, and also caught a glimpse of the Alfa Romeo 4C.

Other cars on display included the usual owner's club stands such as the Subaru Imprezas, Toyota MR-2s, Lotus, Vauxhall, Ford, TVR, and a couple of American marques mixed in. The entry fee was only £7.50 which I thought was a good price given what was on offer. There was no live action or anything like that as this was purely a static show. The flyer did mention live entertainment but I think that may have been later on in the day. Food prices weren't too bad, it was £2 for a coffee and £3.50 for a sausage butty.

I only had my phone camera with me today but managed to take a few pictures to give you an idea of what was there.