Well what can we say? This show was something of a big surprise! Knowing it was free entry and set in the small town of Stamford, we expected a handful of motors and not many more people spending a nice bank holiday Sunday milling about the park! How wrong we were!
The day had well over 500 iconic vehicles on show at the Meadows spanning a number of decades from pre-war Singer classics through to the modern day BMW i8 and everything in between!
This was the shows 11th year, and the day begin with a rally of about 20 cars. These cars set off from Guyhirn and wound and rumbled their way through the countryside, filling the air with the lovely sound of old V8s or the smell of two stroke oil, before arriving on the Meadows where they joined hundreds more ready for a full day’s show from 10am.
The venue was ideal for this sort of show; the meadows were set back just off Stamford’s main high-street, with free parking only a short walk through the very picturesque town. With lots of open space and a shallow river running along the edge, the meadows really are a beautiful location.
Among the cars and bikes were a number of food and craft stalls for people to browse around and the car owners were all more than happy to chat about their vehicles. The set up made for a really family friendly atmosphere.
Something we really weren’t expecting to see, and that made this event abit more of a special occasion, was the flypast from the only two remaining Lancaster bombers in the world. The Stamford and District Round Table, who organised the whole show, had secured a truly rare spectacle with this one.
Back down on the ground, a real show stopped was the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. This was more a work of art than a car! The original Silver Ghost was introduced under the name 40/50hp and was manufactured between 1907 until 1925 powered by a six-cylinder engine. This particular ghost had some stunning coach work and the attention to details throughout its cabin and on the outside meant we spent a long time admiring it!
We were very fortunate with the weather on the day; this was a big contributing factor to the huge numbers who arrived. There were easily over 2000 people on the meadows at any given point of the day. It made photography hard, and you did find yourself struggling to talk to some of the car owners, especially with the rarer and more exotic ones but it wouldn’t stop us going back again! In fact, we have already penned this on into our diary for next August bank holiday!