Tadcaster Classic Car Show, 29th April 2018

Tadcaster Classic Car Show – Sunday April 29th 2018

It was briefly mentioned in the April newsletter the weather was fine but cold with only the odd spot of rain, this did not appear to put anyone off as the event was very well attended with at least 220 vehicles on display. I arrived around 10am to find the car park was already nearly full. This was the first time I had attended this show and was pleased to find it very well organised and run by club members who had volunteered to help. The facilities at the venue were also excellent.

There was a vast variety of vehicles on show ranging from pre-war cars (a Cadillac, Model T Ford, and Austin 7 and even a Citroen tractor to hot rods and kit cars) basically too many to list them all. (have a look at the photos on the Face Book page).

Something that really caught my eye was a home made car built from a Land Rover Discovery chassis, aptly called a Scarlotti, it was certainly an unusual vehicle. I got talking to the owner who told me that apart from the Land Rover chassis, there were parts from several other makes of vehicles as well as recycled materials. The DVLA asked him what he wanted to register the car as so he chose Scarlotti to represent ‘a scrap car made from allotta parts’! The name stuck and also adds to the kudos as it sounds like a fancy Italian number.

I also got talking to a gentleman called Mervyn Hoyle about his Austin 7 (it turned out to be the show winner), and Mervyn informed me that he has owned his car for 38 years. Although the paintwork on the car had been re-done the chrome work was still original. The car is used regularly as Mervyn takes it to many shows and raises money for charity with it. A worthy winner with a lovely car.

I spoke with quite a few other car owners and everyone was very friendly and approachable, all willing to give lots of advice and information about all sorts of car related facts and figures. I would especially like to thank club member John Fishwick for his help with the diagnostic scan on my MGTF after the show. (John worked tirelessly all day at the show so a big thank you from the club).

In closing I would like to say to any of our club members who are reading this and thinking to themselves ‘I wish I’d have gone’ get yourself to the next gathering  whether it’s a show, Sunday Run or a club meeting as it’s all good fun. Well done to Mervyn Hoyle, Brian Hill and Peter Wray 1st. 2nd and 3rd in the concours class and to John Anderson with his 1935 Morris 8 Tourer winning the Sponsors choice award.

Thank you to everyone who supported the day with a worthy £817.36p being raised for Martin House Hospice, A good day all round.

Sean Craven