Friday May 26, 2017
Around 700 classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes gathered at Catton Hall in Alrewas, Derbyshire, for this year’s Classic Motor Show, spanning 70 years of motoring heritage.
Great British sports cars lined-up alongside everything from American muscle cars to commercial vehicles of the past, military machines, and an array of motorcycles in the delightful setting, alongside the River Trent, in front of Catton Hall.
The interactive Live Arena brought motoring to life with parades throughout the day as well as asking visitors to choose the loudest motor in the ‘Decibel Duel’.
With 14 classes, the Concours competition was won by Mrs Marie Williams from Wolverhampton who was awarded Best in Show for her 1963 Triumph T20 Club.
The hotly contested ‘Best Club Stand’ award went to the MR2 Drivers Club closely followed by the North Staffs Jaguar Enthusiast Club who always put on a well organised display.
Over 40 car clubs were in attendance and owners commented on the new layout of the show and congratulated the Gemini Events marshals and team on their efficiency in getting vehicles in place quickly.
Stephen Smith, Events Director, said: “After looking at the layouts of our other events, we decided to completely change the layout for Catton Hall to make it more beneficial for both visitors and exhibitors. We received good feedback and our new format in the arena also worked well with commentator Guy Young getting to know some of the exhibiting owners and learning about their classic vehicles.
Traders and autojumblers also praised the new layout, with their new position proving successful as some reported their best sales ever at the Catton event.
The Fire Engine Preservation Society provided an interactive demonstration of their machines using the River Trent as a water supply and there was also a classic tractor parade from the Tamworth Tired Tractor group.
Visitors also had the opportunity to explore the grounds of Catton, a glorious private Estate owned by the same family for over 600 years, as well as the Hall.
The present house, originally designed by James Gibbs and built by Smith of Warwick for Christopher Horton stands on the banks of the River Trent, and remains virtually unchanged as does its original collection of fine family and royal portraits.