THOUSANDS of classic enthusiasts descended on Shepton Mallet’s Royal Bath & West this past weekend to see a beautiful 1964 Aston Martin DB5 steal the show at one of the UK’s biggest car events.
The model, made famous by James Bond films Goldfinger, Thunderball and more recently Skyfall, picked up the top prize at the Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show ahead of a packed line-up of superb machines.
Head of the event Andy Kitchen said: “We were spoiled by the excellent standard of cars on display on both days of the show. The clubs and individual exhibitors excelled themselves with what they produced in the venue’s halls, and then we were treated to an incredible range of makes, models and eras being showcased in our classic car park.
“Selecting a Best in Show was no easy task, but the DB5 holds a special place in British motoring history and this example is a more than worthy winner.”
Another of the weekend’s winners was a 1968 Buick Electra 225 which claimed victory in the first Footman James Car of the Year heat to be held at the show.
The award sees the best American cars selected from events up and down the UK before one ultimate winner is crowned at the NEC in November.
Ben Klemenzon, editor at Classic American magazine and one of the judges, said: “The magnificent Buick is the kind of all original, time-warp condition car that every fan dreams of acquiring. It has just a little more than 13,000 miles on the clock having been bought new from Ramme Buick in the evocatively named Coal City, Illinois.
“We look forward to welcoming owner Nigel Perring onto the Classic American stand at the Classic Motor Show to sit alongside the other heat winners.”
Completing the displays was a series of top-notch efforts from UK car clubs and a sporting showcase featuring two F1 race-team transporter trucks and Nigel Mansell’s 1992 championship-winning Williams Renault.
Hundreds of trade stands and autojumble plots filled the showground as restorers and builders came in search of bargains for their projects, and the traditional Charterhouse auction enjoyed another successful day with a total sale of nearly £240,000. Showgoers were also treated to live music courtesy of country-blues band Itchy Fingers.
Andy added: “Everyone at Mortons Media Group is delighted with this event, especially given it was our first in charge having acquired the trio of Bristol Classic Car Shows in autumn 2014.
“The number and standard of classic cars on display was a spectacle to behold and we look forward to continuing to welcome the best vehicles from across the UK and beyond in the coming years.”
The next event in Bristol Classic Car Shows calendar is the Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show which is held at the same Royal Bath & West venue on November 7-8.
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