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!
There were enough Datsuns present at this years show to warrant a post of their own, so here it is! It was a rarity to see Datsun 610s in saloon, coupe and estate form all together!
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…
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!