Car Shows & Events

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These is an even we’ve been meaning to attend for many years and I’m pleased to say, we’ve finally done it… and it was well worth the trip! After travelling over to the Netherlands a couple of days beforehand, we were fortunate enough to be able to stay with our friends Iwan and Patrick who were organising the show. It is the first time in many years that I have been able to see their Datsun collection in person and it is pretty amazing. I’ll post up some pictures soon but for now I’m just going to post up some pictures from the show, which considering it is only a one day event, had a credible turnout of mostly classic Japanese cars, with a few real rarities! We will definitely be back again next year!

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As I alluded to in the first Retro Rides Gathering post, a huge part of the whole event is the camping and socialising which gets going on Friday afternoon. The field provided this year struggled to accommodate the number of people but thankfully the rain held off so we didn’t have to endure camping in a swamp. Aside from the normal drunken shenanigans that you would expect at any event like this (and there are plenty), there is also a Charity ‘Tat’ Auction held. Motoring junk, accessories, books and assorted parts from gasket sets to wheels all went under the hammer with the proceeds going to charity.

Strolling round the site, beer in hand, is the perfect way to soak up the atmosphere and meet new friends as well as get a good look at some of the cars. The Sunday show actually comes second to the camping for most of the regulars and it’s not hard to see why. It’s informal, it’s friendly and best of all it’s lots of fun. Click through for the pics…

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Having missed last years Gathering due to being on holiday in France at the time, I was determined not to miss it again. For the last couple of years it’s been held at Prescott Hillclimb but had outgrown it so this year it moved to Shelsey Walsh hillclimb. This provided a good new location with plenty of space, which was just as well as the show itself was enormous! As always there was a terrific variety of cars on show and in action on the hill. This really as an event with something for everyone.

It’s also become a bit of an unofficial get together for the Datsun Club UK and this year there was a pretty good turnout. Thre were enough datsuns on show to warrent a seperate post, so i will do just that, followed by some shots from the campsite. The weekend camping is such an integral part of the Retro Rides Gathering experience that it’s pretty much essential in my view, but if you want to take part be sure to get in early as tickets sell out quite early. Roll on RRG15!

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The Datsun Club UK were invited to this event by Nissan GB to put on a small display alongside a number of old Renaults and later performance Nissans such as GT-Rs and Zs. This was all for Nissan employees who could enjoy passenger rides in some seriously rapid machinery such as tuned new GT-Rs and even a Time Attack R32. There were also passenger rides in drift cars too.  Generally, it was a nice chilled out day with some nice stuff to look at and for me at least, a pretty memorable one after taking a ride in a 1000hp Skyline! Check out the gallery below…

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Last years Retro Show was killer so Saturday lunchtime we pointed the MX5 at Santa Pod and hit the road. An afternoon and evening of heavy ale consumption didn’t serve to make an MX5 suitable accommodation for sleep as hoped (next time…a tent methinks!), but despite feeling pretty rough come Sunday morning, it was all worth it. The turnout was spectacular just like last year, with everything from stock obscure classics (Fiat Strada FTW!!) to full on drag cars like the mental Torment Racing Alky burning Chevette, which despite getting well out of shape still netted an 8.8 run. We parked up with the Retro Rides crew who put in a top display as usual with loads of variety. It’s too hard to pick a favourite from the hoards but high on my list of winners was Mick Wilkes’ gorgeous little Bedford HA van. Virtually stock looking on the outside but packing turbo XE power. A leisurely looking launch down the quarter saw it in the low 13’s but it’ll easily lay down low 12’s. What a machine! I gotta build something like that!

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Sunday was our local classic car show. To be honest, I don’t often go, even though it’s the nearest event. Much as I love old cars, I find most classic car shows terminally dull. Still, I figured I should support local shows and to be fair, there was some nice machinery there. Sadly, my camera battery died before I’d been right round the show so I missed a few things but if you click through, you can peruse the shots I did take.

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