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Shalbourne Classic Car and Gardens Show

Added: (Mon Sep 19 2011)

Pressbox (Press Release) - The 4th Wiltshire Classic Car Show September 25th 2011

With Downton Abbey back on our screens, step back in time and see how people used to travel in style at Wiltshire's 4th Classic Car Show! a huge variety of vintage cars will be on show - including The Duke of Sutherland's own pre-war shooting brake, a jazz band, hog roast, Colonel Grumpy’s Coffee Bus and an assortment of motorbikes and tractors, all on view at a spectacular Tudor Manor House on Sunday September 25th, 12-5pm (not far from Highclere Castle - the location for Downton Abbey).

Hundreds of rare and historic vintage cars will be on display at this fourth Classic Car Show, in the grounds of a Tudor Manor House. It is a perfect family day out not only for 'petrol heads' but women can browse the luxury stalls (antiques, books, clothes, jewellery, hats, clothing, plants, garden produce, cakes etc.) and stroll round the exquisite gardens. Children can drive miniature motorised cars, have their faces painted, try some archery and zorbing as well as plenty of other kids’ entertainments on offer for all ages.

For those wishing to escape the routine of preparing the Sunday lunch there will be a hog roast, Champagne and Pimms Bar, Beer Tent (Ramsbury brewery), BBQ and cream teas.

There will be some rare special bodied models, for example, a light brown Rolls Royce shooting brake pre 1914, made for the Duke of Sutherland. This car was commandeered by the Army during the 1st World War for transporting Generals at the Front. At the end of the war it was restored and used as a shooting brake on the Duke’s estate. A jazz band will sit and play in the Rolls during the afternoon and in November the car and band will be taking part in the Lord Mayor’s Show.

Green label and black label Bentleys will be on view: very special pre-war Lagondas, Rileys, Frazer Nashes, Astons, Jaguars, MG’s, Triumphs, a 1924 Model T Ford, 12 Stags; including a 1907 24 litre, 8 cylinder ex-Belgian fire engine converted into a chain driven early racing car called ‘Le France’.

There are also racing cars, one of which was raced in the late 1950’s by Richard Banks, one of the organisers of the show. When he bought the Lotus from Tom Dargue it was called a Lester MG but because Tom had it rebuilt with a completely new body and chassis, the Vintage Car Association re-classified it as the ‘Dargue MG’. This car won the Team event at the 12 hour Ulster TT in 1952, - the three owners of the team called themselves the ‘Monkey Stable’! One of Richard Banks’ pride and joys is a Bugatti owners’ club trophy which he won for his Class at the Prescott Hill climb. Richard admits to being a ‘speed junky’, when he stopped racing he took up hydro plane racing, not dissimilar to a small flying saucer, which he raced on lakes at 65 mph.

‘Colonel Grumpy’s Coffee Bus’ is a Guatamalan bus, owned by a married Army officer and Army nurse, who brought this characterful bus all the way back from Guatamala, lovingly restored it and it is now a popular cafe.

Richard Banks says “the day wouldn’t be possible without the wholehearted support of Charles Scott”, a retired business man and owner of the Tudor Manor House, Shalbourne Manor, in whose grounds the Show takes place. The Scott family is generously opening their spectacular gardens and grounds for the day in order to raise funds for the Village Church and School.


Please find a photo attached of a Jazz Band in a Rolls Royce. For photographs and further information please contact Angela Howard, at angelahoward01@hotmail.com or 07795278117.

Video links

This is an aerial view and wide shot of the Car Show (360 degrees):


A video of children driving miniature car and van:


In previous years 250 Classic Cars have taken part, 80 motorbikes, 2,000 visitors, 120 village helpers and 500 people showing their vintage cars and bikes. The cars come from all over the country - one owner is driving his Frazer Nash (1920’s) down from Lancashire especially for the day.

NB There is access also for disabled visitors. Admission is £5 - Children under 16 are free. Cars on show are free. At 3pm there will be a raffle of luxury prizes.

Directions: Shalbourne is a few miles South of Hungerford, on the A338 Road to Salisbury. The Manor House is in the centre of this charming Wiltshire/Hampshire/Berkshire border village.

For photos and a video please see the following link: www.shalbourne.org/classiccarshow.aspx

Submitted by:Angela Howard, Knight-Howardpr
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