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Little Classics News: 21 June 2016

Simply Classics & Sports Car Brings Over 200 Classics

Triumph Herald

Classics including Triumph Heralds, Minis, MGBs and Austin-Healeys were among the 260 classic cars at Beaulieu’s Simply Classics & Sports Car rally.

Celebrating the world of classic motoring, the event welcomed pre-1990 classics and sports cars as they joined the display. From pre-war saloons to modern day roadsters, there was something for every motoring enthusiast.

Bod Bug

A 1981 Matra Murena 1.6 in yellow was one of the unusual and distinctive machines on display. This rare example of a quirky French sports car, featured no less than three seats side-by-side.

Sunbeam Alpine

An elegant 1958 Simca Aronde Plein Ciel coupe (below) was a glamorous addition. Also catching the attention of show-goers was a Bong Bug 700ES still wearing its original eye-searing orange paintwork, while a period-perfect Fiat 131 Supermirafiori represented an often overlooked, but fascinating, sports saloon.

1958 Simca Aronde Plein Ciel coupe

Sports car fans were treated to the sight of numerous performance machines on display, from a petite Triumph Spitfire to an exuberant Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. A trio of Daimler SP250 ‘Darts’ had travelled with their owners from Germany, as part of a UK tour.

Ford Consul

Club stands were at the heart of the show and Hard Up Garage brought along a selection of custom-built hot rods to the show, which were started up to wow the crowds with dramatic flame-throwing displays.

Visitors and participants voted for their favourite car of the show in the People’s Choice Award. Show regular Steven Brooks took first place for his immaculate 1959 Ford Zephyr Mk2 Lowline (below), which is finished in eye-catching Conway Yellow.

1959 Ford Zephyr Mk2 Lowline

Runners-up were Bernie Smith with his highly personalised Toyota MR2 and Ken Day with his 1969 Jaguar E-type 2+2. Also scoring highly in the voting were Gary and Shirley Bartlett with their 1972 Ford Capri Mk1 1600, Neil Mcabendroth with his 1959 Austin Metropolitan, Alex Maycroft and Jake Richard with their 1991 Mazda MX-5, Shirley Fry with her 1967 Sunbeam Alpine, Steve Macevoy with his MG Magna F1 Q-type and Ruth and Terry Norman with their replica vintage Mercedes, built on 1984 Ford Mustang underpinnings.

1980 Austin Princess

An additional award, chosen by Sam Hard of Hard-Up Garage, was presented to Kevin Davis for his immaculate 1980 Austin Princess (above). Finished in vivid Snapdragon Yellow and fitted with British Leyland Special Tuning parts, the Princess was chosen by Sam as “a car that makes everyone smile and is a bit different”. Kevin was presented with a trophy and a Hard Up Garage T-shirt.

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