Summer is here and the classic car season is in full swing. Sniff Petrol classics correspondent SIMON PEEDOE reports on last weekend’s action.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed wasn’t the only motoring event taking place in Great Britain last weekend as it was also the fifth annual Mingeham Cavalcade of Classics with dozens of cars gathering in the shadow of the infamous meat rendering plant and a record crowd of several people, despite the persistent drizzle!
The star attraction of this year’s Cavalcade was of course the stunning display commemorating 60 years of the Saunders Scurvy. The SSOC really did justice to this venerable car, despite a falling out with their rivals at the SSCC over re-manufactured rear offside wheelarch finishers which has thus far claimed seven lives.
Giving the Scurv crowd a run for their money was a delightful showing from enthusiasts of the Aubrey Ulcer including a rare outing for the one-off 1347cc factory racer, better known as ‘The Chocolate Hostage’. The turnout of AUCC members was impressive, especially considering the club’s mailing list was lost when the police impounded Nigel’s computer.
Fans of the Denbie Dismal had a treat as over five cars were on display including an example of the rare Desperation special edition. DDOC members were treated to a fascinating presentation by club technical secretary Clive Swettee which including an ingenious new trick for replacing the rearmost spark plugs without first dismantling the engine, gearbox and seats. Clive warns that it’s not for the faint-hearted and is mostly the reason he recently lost an arm!
No classic car show would be complete without a strong showing from owners of the enduring Crosby Clit. This year the CCCUK and the CCCGB put their differences behind them to organise a charming display and, as a result, there was only one hospitalisation and just three arrests, one of which was unrelated to the violence.
Finally, owners of the wonderful Tribley Tomato gathered on Sunday morning to hold a minute’s silence to honour all those TTOC members who had passed away in the past year, which turned out to be all of them.