86 in the shade – the cars, that is…
An impressive line-up of classic cars were stars on the day at the Tony Jennings Classic Car Show, held at motor trade charity BEN’s Town Thorns care centre in Warwickshire.
The car show, which honours the memory of the Fellowship of the Motor Industry’s late chairman Tony Jennings has grown in popularity over the years; the first event in 2013 hosted just seven cars. This year 86 cars were entered for judging, although over 100 pre-2000 cars were counted in the grounds.
There are three awards, awarded by the judges on a basis of rarity, condition and ‘pleasure to behold !’, as this is not a concours d’elegance event. The award categories are: Car 1900-1960, Cars 1961-1999 and Best Car in Show. The 2018 winners were:
Car 1900-1960 - Keith Wright’s immaculate 1959 Austin Healey Sprite, a classic Frogeye in red.
Cars 1961-1999 - Peter Still’s stunning Triumph TR4A with its’ proto-Targa surrey back light. Peter was able to show the full restoration process in photographs covering over six years’ hard work, with a great deal of fabrication work by Peter required to replace non-available components.
Best Car in Show - Kenneth Clark was the recipient of this special award, with his impressive 1925 Swift Type Q originally manufactured in nearby Coventry. The Swift Q had a market-beating specification for its time, being powered by a 21bhp 1097cc straight-four engine with side-valves. The cars were fitted with a cone clutch and three speed gearbox, spiral bevel axle, quarter elliptic suspension, Delco-Remy coil ignition and electric starting. The car was systematically up dated with a dry plate clutch, and four speed gearbox. It had a top speed of 55mph.
Judging was a challenge to the judges, with so many good-looking and interesting cars to examine. The trophies and bottles of Champagne were presented by Julie Jennings, accompanied by Fellowship chairman Brian Childs.
The UK’s summer heatwave made this a glorious day, and there were the added attractions of Town Thorn’s annual fete to entertain visitors. Fellowship members were able to take lunch in the exclusive Fellowship marquee with superb food and the welcome opportunity to meet up with former colleagues and friends.