Show & Event Reports

2017 Reports

Stradsett Park Classic Show, 1st May – by Charley

The weather was a bit iffy in the morning when we prepared to set out, but the forecast predicted some sunshine later, so, full of hope, we set sail for the meet-up at Foldgate Inn. Six of us made it to the meet-up on this May-Day morn.

There were four cars at the meet up when we got there with Stuart and Lynda arriving shortly afterwards. We waited a while, just in case, then took off for the show ground entrance a few hundred metres down the road and joined the queue. After parking-up together we went for a wander and Theo did his usual of scanning the exhibits for any other Capris. He found a nice yellow Mk 1, 2.0 Pinto, a bit further along the line from ourselves. The owner was from Felixstowe, unfortunately too far outside our area to be interested in membership in spite of Theo giving him a good KLCC promotional spiel.

We inspected most of the exhibits, taking a few pictures of some interesting ones and watched a guy trying (unsuccessfully) to start a vintage single cylinder tractor of early 1900 American origin.

For the benefit of my navigator we checked out the stalls in search of a “Fidget Spinner”, a highly prized artefact for a man of his standing – Tyler already had one and he needed one to! We eventually found a stall with a few left, they were selling like hot cakes, so he got one and joined the ‘famous’ set. He got conned into demonstrating an elderly washing machine and then both he and Tyler tried their hand, or rather bums, on the super slide.

At 11am or thereabouts, those of us who were interested moved off for our moment of fame in the ring. We were followed by the massive collection of vintage, veteran and classic tractors and steam engines that were on show. We spent some time with Debbie and Graham on their stand and had a visit from Alan Bolt who was there as a visitor – without one of his cars on show. We met several personal friends and acquaintances so all in all a good day out.

Around 4pm stall holders were starting to pack up their wares. Kid’s rides were being dismantled and even though some exhibitors were still making their way around the ring, visitors were starting to leave. Willy had already gone. He had to be at work at 6pm, so the rest of us started thinking about it. We made an orderly retreat and were on the road about 4.30pm. A good show and a good day out. After the first rain on the way to the show, there were a couple of mini showers but nothing that caused any problems. Book us in for next year!

A sequel to this was our departure in the afternoon. When we left, Graham was in front with me behind and the yellow 2.0 Pinto in my rear-view mirror; all of us heading towards Thetford. Immediately after the Mundford roundabout, I saw the yellow Pinto pull onto the grass verge. Thinking ‘He’s taken the wrong road and got to go back’, I carried on behind Graham. About ninety minutes later, after dropping Theo back home, I found Mr. Yellow Pinto still on the grass verge where I last saw him in my mirror. Pulling over to see if he needed any help, he told me his clutch cable had snapped and he was awaiting for recovery. Not much I could do to help him, so we had a good chat and then I left him to his wait. Hope he got home safely.

Old Buckenham Air Show, 30th April – by Craig

Not much to report for this show. There were no planes flying due to strong crosswinds and as I had to drop Louise back home first I didn’t arrive there until 1pm, by which time Graham Fletcher had already left, as had most of the other cars. The only interesting thing was the newly opened 453rd Bombardment Group Museum. As for the cars there was a lovely Lotus Eclat, a nice line up of Jaguars, a MK1 Mustang and MK1 Vauxhall Cavalier.

Hopefully next year they’ll have some planes flying.

St. George’s Day Car Run, 23rd April – by Charley

Four cars from KLCC made it to the start at Sheringham Station car park to join in with over 400 other enthusiasts. Pete and Paula, Craig, Raffi and Nigel and yours truly. My navigator was having a day off. Arriving at the allotted time of 8.30am, Pete and myself found we were among the early arrivals. Most of the 400 turned up during the next hour.

Bacon butties and tea or coffee were served but nothing for vegetarians unfortunately.
Pete and I were waved off about an hour later while Craig and Raffi remained embedded in the middle of the multitude of waiting cars.

There were two possible routes planned, Red and Green. It so happened that the four of us had been allocated the red route, so we figured the others would catch up somewhere along the way if we stopped for a coffee later.

The weather was dry, but cold, with the sun breaking through the clouds at times. The route instructions we were given were straightforward and simple to follow so we tootled along on our fifty-four mile trip to Holkham. Eighteen miles as the crow flies.

Once outside Sheringham the countryside opened up and we passed through some picturesque Norfolk villages, following the coast road and beginning with Weybourne, Kelling, Salthouse and Blakeney. From there we headed inland to Langham. We passed Langham Dome and headed towards Cockthorpe and Stiffkey. Making a sharp left just before we got to Stiffkey, we followed a narrow winding road through to Binham where we passed the old priory ruins and headed towards Hindringham. From there we headed through Thursford Green, Little Walsingham and Houghton St. Giles to East Barsham where we made our coffee break at the Barsham Arms.

Taking our time over coffee it gave Raffi and Craig a chance to catch up. Craig never made it but Raffi pulled into the pub car park shortly after our arrival.

Coffee and calls of nature taken care of we took to the road again and headed towards South Creake. From South Creake we were directed towards Syderstone and Docking from where we headed towards Brancaster, Brancaster Staithe, Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Norton and through to Burnham Market.

This part of the route certainly brought back memories of our own Coastal Car Run of just a couple of weeks previously. We even followed the same route through to Burnham Thorpe, but from there we headed straight through the village towards the southern entrance of Holkham Estate.

From the gate, it was a mile and a half to the parking area by the Hall, passing the obelisk on the way. By the time we got there, there were plenty of cars already parked up, Craig included, with plenty more arriving after ourselves. However, by then we were in the restaurant and trying to figure out how Craig overtook us without being noticed!

We didn’t realise it at the time, but the goodie bag we were given contained a voucher for half price entry to the Hall which was open to the public. We missed out on that one.

It was a good run around the countryside and Norfolk was looking its best at this time of year. Well worth the effort.

KLCC Coastal Car Run II, 9th April – by Charley

The weather was terrific but traffic was horrendous on A149, King’s Lynn to Hunstanton, with nine members making it to the meet-up point including Craig, Stuart and Lynda, Charley and Theo, Pete and Paula, Adam, Richard and Jim, Raffi and Nigel, Terry, Graham with his partner and Tyler. So the original figure of 12 persons for lunch had grown to 16 by the time we got there.

With two members tied up in the heavy traffic we advised them we would make a start along the route as far as Thornham. We had it on good authority that there was a car show at the Yurt so we advised the late-comers they could catch up with us there. There were several cars on show and the main restaurant was open so several of our group stoked up with bacon butties and the like while we waited. The food was good and it made a pleasant break.

During the course of the 6 miles from Hunstanton to Thornham we had lost one of our group, so we were now waiting for three cars to turn up. About 30 minutes later they all arrived and we decided we could move on to the next stop – Burnham Overy Staithe.

On arrival we found the chosen place for our photoshoot was full of parked cars, so had to make do with parking on the crowded hard standing car park. Not the best place for taking pictures but we made the best of it. Theo and Tyler managed to find some black harbour mud to paddle in, managing to get their shoes covered, much to the dismay of Graham and yours truly at the thought they would have to get into a clean Capri when we moved on.

After a sort of clean-up of the two boys we moved out and headed for Nelson’s birthplace – Burnham Thorpe, passing through Burnham Overy and Burnham Market in the process. Sadly, on arrival we found Nelson’s local closed for refurbishment, but the car park was empty. What an opportunity. Nine Capris quickly parked up and everyone got their cameras out. Loads of happy snappers.

By the time we were finished, we only had thirty minutes in which to make the journey to Morston for lunch. With heavy traffic, everywhere it was prudent to make a start.

Bypassing Wells Quay, we made it to the Anchor Inn, just in time, only to find parking spaces were at a premium. Most of us had to park on the green, a short walk from the Inn.

The management had done us proud and we were all seated together in their big dining room. The food was good and well prepared. A place to be recommended.

Moving on from the Anchor we covered the short distance to Langham and found the Dome just outside the village. There were loads of historical facts about Langham’s wartime past displayed on placards set up outside with even more information and displays inside.

Too much to enumerate, one would need to pay a visit to see it all. Our group was so engrossed in all the displays that what should have been a 3pm end to the day carried on until almost 5pm. From this, you may deduce that a good time was had by all.

2016 Reports

Snettisham Village Fête, July 9th – by Charley

Waking up to drizzle outside on Saturday morning, it seemed like the Snettisham show might be a washout and non-starter. Through the morning the rain only got heavier and things were not looking at all good. The forecast wasn’t favourable so at 10.30am I called Craig for an appraisal. He said it was raining where he was and with it raining heavily in Heacham too we decided to call off the meet up.

An hour later with rain still bucketing down I decided to take a run to the show ground and see what it looked like. There were a few stalls set up, about half a dozen cars in attendance and people taking shelter as best they could. With no point in hanging around, I drove to King’s Lynn to pick up a couple of bits I needed.

By the time I returned home, the rain had stopped and things were starting to dry out, so after completing a small job on the car I decided to try it out by driving to the show ground. Things were looking a lot better when I got there. The resilience of human beings is amazing. Stalls were all up and busy, there were 50-60 cars lined up and local talent events going on in the ring to piped music.

I drove in and parked up at the end of a line of various classic cars and was met by a cheery ‘what time do you call this?’ from Stuart, who was parked in the row behind. We had a wander around all the exhibits and took a look at the stalls and then went to the Rose & Crown for a pint.

Stuart with his 2.8i and his cousin; hard-core all-weather enthusiasts

Theo couldn’t make this one, but Charley aired his car anyway

In spite of everything there were quite a few visitors at the show together with a good selection of classic vehicles and the pub was doing a brisk trade in food and beverage. If it hadn’t been for the rain putting people off earlier in the day the show would have been packed, and one for next year’s calendar perhaps.

Poppy Line Holt, 3rd July – by Charley

With good weather and very little traffic I made the meet up point at Budgens car park, Holt, in good time. Pete, Paula and Steve were already waiting and we were soon joined by by Craig.

After ascertaining that we were not waiting for anyone else, Graham and Dave were arriving later, we moved out and headed for the old railway station and show ground. Arriving early meant we missed the long queue that occurred about half an hour later and we were shown to a designated parking slot sufficient for the seven cars that were expected. We had a good position this year and not right down by the road where we had been in previous years.

After parking up with two spaces at the end of the line, we had a look around. Paula, Pete and Steve all went for a train ride to Sheringham while Craig and I hunted a cuppa. The closest stalls hadn’t yet opened so we had to walk round to the main station. While we were there we visited the model railway exhibition and met Tony Sendall who runs it voluntarily. He was a KLCC member for many years but retired last year. He still has his burgundy 2.8i Special which is sorned at present and requires a new water pump. He doesn’t do much driving in it nowadays due to personal circumstances.

The Famous Five in situ awaiting the late arrivals

And the Magnificent Seven later on

Cuppa sorted we wandered back to have a look at the exhibits. One wonders where all these fine old cars come from. Finding bits for them when something goes wrong must be a nightmare. We’re already experiencing similar problems with forty year old Capris. One poor old guy parked adjacent to us was having problems with the steering on his ‘sit up and beg’ Rover of late 1940’s vintage.

On the way back to the stand we found Graham and Dave on their way in and looking for us. No sooner were they parked up, Alan arrived in his Zephyr making a total of eight Club cars on show.

With Alan’s Zephyr making a Late Eight

Viewing completed, I went for a browse around the railway museum and took a train ride to Sheringham. The pulling was done by locomotive 92203 ‘Black Prince’ having an unusual number of ten driving wheels. This was a standard 9F class, one of the last steam locomotives built for BR in the 1950’s with the final one, 92220 ‘Evening Star’ built in 1960. They were the most powerful locomotives ever built in Britain and were intended for use on fast heavy goods trains over long distances. They were also equally successful when pulling passenger trains. This one got us safely to Sheringham and back.

Locomotive 92203 ‘Black Prince’

In addition to the railway, veteran double decker busses were running a free shuttle service between Holt and Sheringham via Weybourne.

Nice row of ten Granada’s

Saab’s famous V4 saloon, robust and reliable

This one had a Toyota Twin Cam engine fitted

The show was well organised and presented as usual, and all done by volunteers. We left around 4.30pm after a good day out with good weather.

Cars on the Green, Nowton Park, Sunday 19th June – by Charley

Arriving at the meet up at the prescribed time, Theo and I found Craig, Willy and Dave already there, shortly joined by Stuart & Lynda in the 2.8i. Having ascertained that we were not waiting for anyone else from KLCC, we headed for Nowton Park.

There wasn’t much of a queue at the gate and we were soon inside and directed to what seemed like an excellent spot to set up the stand, right next to Debbie’s Classic and Special Oil stand. After parking ourselves nicely in line we were just about to start wandering when one of the marshals told us we had to move. The new site was perhaps not so auspicious, as it was under some trees that continually dropped small pieces on the cars. It did have some advantage though as it was adjacent to the food stalls and amusements.

Final resting place for the KLCC line-up

It’s a few years now since Bury Retro Car Club held their first show on the green at Thurston, but the show seems to have got bigger and better each year. This year was no exception with over 1,000 vehicle exhibits crammed into the space available and all the visitors did justice to the efforts of the organisers.

The weather was dry, there was even some sun in the afternoon, and with the temperature up to around 21°, it was a pleasant day. Checking out the various exhibits and trade stands while making a cursory round of the showground took a while and we had another look at the supercharged 1300DOHC engine developing 250hp that we saw last year.

Several big car names such as Volvo, Mini, Ford, Subaru etc had their stands there with the Vauxhall stand featuring a mechanical bull. Theo had a go at riding it, but didn’t manage to break the record of 33 seconds before falling off.

Theo failing to tame the mechanical bull!

The resident band consisting of three guitars, drums and female vocalist did brilliantly. They played continuously from around 11:30 and had a varied repertoire.

One car that caught my eye was a supercharged Renault Gordini. Only a small engine, but the belt-driven supercharger was just about right size to fit under the battery tray of a Pinto powered Capri. Food for thought perhaps!

Renault Gordini with supercharger in situ

Other items of interest included a Roadster with a straight 8 engine. Lots of length there and plenty of noise the way it was set up. I remember having one of those engines to play with as a teenager. There were other eight cylinder Roadster exhibits, but all with the V8 configuration.

An old straight eight looking splendid

Another interesting car was the Volvo S80 from 2007 with a 4.4 litre transverse mounted V8 and Haldex 4-wheel drive. The engine was developed jointly by Volvo and Yamaha and built in Japan. It developed 315 bhp and 325 lbs-ft of torque. When fitted with a 6-speed “Geartronic” automatic transmission it could propel the car from 0-60 in 6 seconds and had a speed limiter set at 155mph.

We found a rather nice ‘X’ registered 2.0 S parked up in one corner. The owner was from Sudbury – a bit far away to discuss club membership!

Nice looking 2.0S amongst the exhibits

We also found Theo’s old mate from Pakenham with the Monte Carlo Rally Mini parked in a Mini line-up so we had a natter. Both the car and owner looked to be in good health.

Amongst other noteworthy cars we found Theo’s all-time favourite, a concourse 6.6 litre Pontiac “Trans Am” Firebird. It was worth a couple of pictures, but sadly, as with most American cars in this country, steering wheel is on the wrong side!

6.6 litres of American muscle

Around by the tennis courts we found a line of Ford Focus STs, some with bonnets up and interesting contents below, but as with most cars nowadays, there was usually a plastic cover to prevent close inspection of the power plant.

By now it was 4.30pm so it was time for us to make our departure.

We were the last KLCC members to leave the show. Willy had won the points for best car on the club stand, as voted for by a member of the public.

As usual, this was a good show. Theo had met a couple of his school chums and spent time with them, so all in all worth putting in another appearance next year.

Spalding Classic Car Run, 12th June – by Charley

At 8am Theo and I commenced the 38 mile trip to Bay Tree Garden Centre, Spalding, for the start of the Spalding Classic Car Run. Traffic was light and fine weather promised so we expected a pleasant and interesting day.

56 cars took part and the planned route was in two parts; the first part of approximately fifty miles commenced at Baytree Garden centre at 10am, following complimentary refreshments, and took us on a circuitous rural route through small villages and hamlets in the southern part of Lincolnshire, crossing the A15 into Rutland, under the A1 and ending for lunch at Barnsdale Hotel, overlooking Rutland Water. You could either book lunch in advance, or take your own picnic to eat in the grassed area adjacent to the car park, or anywhere along the route that takes your fancy.

Placard on and ready for the off

We were waved out from the start shortly after 10am and with Theo doing the navigating we managed to follow the route as far as the A1 underpass. Having taken a wrong turn and losing some time we decided to stop at the Sun Inn at Cottesmore around 12.30pm.

From there we followed the route to the Barnsdale Hotel where we made our number with the
Marshal and commenced the final 28 mile leg of the rural journey to Deene Park country house near Corby in Northamptonshire. Having parked up we used our vouchers and paid the discounted entrance fee for a wander through the open-to-public areas of the hall, home of the Brudenell family for the past half century. It was one of the Brudenells who led the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854 at the Battle of Balaclava, during the Crimean War.

Cars lined up at Deene Park Hall

Weather was dry so the judging took place outside the hall at 4.15pm as planned. The Car of the Day prize went to an immaculate VW Beetle and the big Lyon’s Pride Trophy was won by a pristine ‘Morse’ model Jaguar.

The two winners, far left and second right, if you look hard enough…

Judging over, we set off on the seventy mile journey to deliver Theo safely home. It was a good day out, Deene Park Hall was interesting and we have already put our names down for next year on Sunday, 11th June.

Classic Ford at Santa Pod, 5th June – by Charley

Arriving at the meet-up point for 7am meant an early start, like kicking off from home at 5am. Theo couldn’t come due to other commitments which meant I could take my 3.0 for a spin. I joined up with Pete on the A47 and together we travelled to Peterborough, onto the A605 and A45 stopping at McDonalds for breakfast in anticipation of meeting the others.

Dave turned up shortly afterwards and ordered his breakfast while we waited for Ivan. He phoned us about 7.20am to advise he was having problems with his truck and was running late. By 7.40am we decided to head for the show, nine miles down the road with Dave in the lead.

Neither Pete nor I had received our vehicle passes so we had to visit the office at the entrance where our passes were printed on production of our tickets.

As usual we were directed to the far side of the strip where all the Club stands were situated; easy to get into, but difficult to get out of at the end of the day.

With fog and light drizzle at the show ground, it didn’t look too promising but the forecast predicted an improvement during the day. We parked up, later joined by Ivan in his 2.8i; unfortunately he had to leave the truck parked in an industrial estate and would collect it later.

Charley’s 3.0 left and Dave’s Laser right, with Ivan’s 2.8i and Pete’s Mk1 behind

Ivan’s 2.8i looking pretty

Pete headed off to the auto jumble stalls like a man with a mission. Together with other bargain hunters he was after some specific bits and came back later with an immaculate rev counter for his Cortina for just £20.

As usual there were lots of stalls, both trade and private. A couple of things were noticeable though; there was an abundance of bits such as panels and parts for Mk1 & 2 Escorts and Cortina’s but very little for Capris. The other thing that caught my eye for various reasons was the fact that Burton Power was absent this year. Capri Power made up for it though as there must have been thirty plus cars on their stand. Of these, I noticed half a dozen 3.0 litre models both S and Ghia in Mk2 & 3 format, some of them in showroom condition. East Kent Trim, one of the reliable firms that cater for Capri trim and accessories had an extended stall with a lot of the stuff they are good at, and they seemed to be doing a brisk trade.

Cars started running the strip from around 10am which continued all day given the improvement in weather to about 20°. These included the jet car with its usual 0 – 300mph in the quarter mile, and a few other specials that the announcer waxed lyrical over. One of these must have been a big disappointment to him; after extolling the merits of running on ethanol and using nitrous injection while the driver revved the guts out of the engine, the car went down the strip with a terminal speed of 60mph.

Sweet looking Zakspeed Capri

As expected, there were some very nice Ford’s on display

We bumped into Lizzy and her partner during the day as they were visiting the show. It’s the first time we have seen her this year and she told us her car is at serious risk of being stolen or vandalised and her and Steve are looking for a secure lockup to keep it in. The starting problem has been fixed which turned out to be a broken inner wire in the starter cable which was making contact intermittently.

The strip was busy all day with cars still rolling at 4pm when we pulled up stakes to go home. It seems we never learn and after saying last year that we should be on the move by 3pm at the latest, there we were again, immediately queuing and taking an age to get out of the site gates. Otherwise the run home was uneventful and the 3.0 benefitted from the run out.

This show is definitely one for the enthusiast, especially if you are looking for a bargain or into drag racing. Food stalls, beer tent and rides/amusements for the kids were all in place with camping facilities for those who wanted to bring caravans and tents.

Cars on the Green at Bardwell, 29th May – by Charley

For a Classic Car Show in a small village, this one had it all. It was a credit to the local villagers who made a tremendous effort and put it all together.

I met up with Pete and Paula en-route and then picked Theo up on the outskirts of the village. He had all his mates lined up ready to inspect his exhibit as we arrived. We were ushered in and parked up at numbered slot markers which depended on the year of manufacture. Unfortunately, it meant we couldn’t park next to each other as a line-up.

Pete and Paula enjoying a cuppa adjacent to their glorious Mk1

Theo with his Laser and friends

Debbie was on site when we got there with her trade stand already set up, so we had a quick scoot round and then headed off for a cuppa in Tithe Barn.

There was an incredible variety of exhibits and one wonders where they all came from. As space was limited, there must have been a fair amount of juggling to put together the best selection of exhibitors’ applications. With 122 cars on show crowded onto the green, many of which dated back to between the two world wars with most in concourse condition, it was a show that was well worth attending. The oldest vehicle there was a 1922 Morris Oxford Tourer and the newest a 2014 Corvette T7, with everything else in between. The best car at the show was a concourse Lotus Esprit.

Vintage cars presented in immaculate condition

1927 Morris 8cwt light van

1985 Naylor cars – based on the MG

1987 RWD Sierra Cosworth sitting pretty

The weather was excellent after the dispersal of some early morning fog and we were treated to a fly past of a Hurricane, replacing the originally planned Dakota.

There was a large BBQ tent selling burgers and hot dogs and doing a roaring trade, some auto jumble, craft stalls, teas and cakes offered in the nearby Tithe Barn, two local pubs offering meals within a short walk, judging and prize giving; where else would you find a car show with a resident band of old timers playing Dixieland jazz? It was a welcome alternative to the piped music you hear at other shows, being able to see the musicians in full swing.

Jazz band in action

This show epitomised community spirit. The whole village seemed to muck in and I saw several of Theo’s neighbours performing jobs like marshalling the show, directing traffic and serving coffees, teas, cakes & bacon rolls in Tithe Barn.

The village boasts an old working windmill that supplies flour for the in-house bakery and is well worth a visit in its own right, where you can purchase freshly baked bread and other local produce.

The church tower and bell ringing loft was open to the public from 2pm, but this coincided with the planned fly past of the Dakota which we had been informed would now be a Hurricane.

The show was very well organised and friendly with real classic enthusiasts all willing to share stories about their exhibits amongst other things.

The gent who was supposed to choose the best KLCC car on display was unable to decide between them and called it a dead heat. Theo and Pete got a point each out of that, with Theo also winning a bucket and car cleaning gear on the raffle.

This was an enjoyable show and we have already got our names down for next year.

Rackheath Vintage Fayre, 22nd May – by Charley

Being prohibited from driving post op, Bob & Janice came down for the weekend and Bob did the driving for Theo and me. Whilst on our way we realised the entrance ticket was still at home and with no chance to go back for it, a contingency plan was required. Thanks to modern technology, a quick call to Ivan sorted the problem and we were greeted at the gate by a cheerful ‘are you the one who forgot your ticket?’

A 9.15am arrival had meant an 8am departure and there was a cordial greeting from Neil who showed us to our line up spot between Ivan’s 2.8i and the Stag boys. We were closely followed by Graham and Dave.

Four KLCC exhibitors made it to the show; Graham F, Dave, Ivan & Theo. Bob, Neil and I were only there as visitors from KLCC.

One side of the KLCC line-up

And the other

There was plenty to see including an array of cars, tractors, stalls and a continuous flow of various events and demonstrations in the ring. Car clubs, tractors and exhibitors generally were invited into the ring to present their exhibits and give some history over the PA system.

Some of the tractors being paraded

Converted from V4 to V6 power

As one of the clubs invited, KLCC got to make a tour of the ring and gave a short history of the Club. Although not a particular supporter of the Triumph Stag, one has to admit their stand was well attended with some fine cars on show which made an impressive demonstration in the ring.

Drama occurred during the display of raptors when the falcon that was doing its thing lost interest in the lure and flew over to the neighbouring field where it pounced on a crow. This brought the display to a halt while the organisers went off to retrieve the falcon which was happily enjoying an unscheduled meal. Having recommenced the demonstration their second bird did the same thing which also had to be retrieved. Pickings were obviously better in the adjacent farmer’s field than they were in the ring. Fearing for the local crow population the display was terminated.

Bob spent some considerable time talking to owners of some of the special exhibits he was interested in and Theo spent time checking out the modified classics that were on show, which later on gave drifting demonstrations in the ring.

Something different from the norm

This looks fun

A general member of the public was asked to pass judgement on the four cars presented and
Theo won the 2 points for best KLCC car on display.

By about 4.30pm people were starting to drift away and stalls were being dismantled, so we made preparation to leave as we had to make a detour via Bardwell to drop Theo off at home.

It was a decent country show with fine weather and good attendance, and hopefully KLCC numbers can be bolstered next year to support all the hard work and effort that Ivan and Neil put into this show.

Fox & Hounds Classic Car Meet, 15th May – by Charley

This is my local show, so despite not being fit to drive post-op I was able to get my 3.0 Ghia and Theo’s Laser in situ courtesy of Graham, and walked up with Theo to join the others at 3pm.

Fox & Hounds venue with overspill behind the camera…

Theo and I scored 3 points for our attendance, and my good fortune continued winning best club car at the show with my 3.0 – another two points in the bag!

Alan had the only KLCC Connect car present, his Mk2 Zodiac convertible, for which he received 5 points.

Three club cars and one proud owner

Alan’s concourse Mk2 Zodiac – stunning!

How MG’s used to be made

1938 ‘Big 7’ after 42 years lying in bits

Pontiac Trans Am

The weather was kind to us with a few sunny periods and the show was well attended, many for a pint and a look, so a good social event in other words.

By 4.30pm people had started drifting away and Theo’s mum had come to collect him. He had been joined by cousin Harry during the afternoon and had been busy explaining to him all the details of the various exhibits. They were both hooked for a “ride” in a Pontiac Firebird. With Theo gone, I hung around a bit longer and then headed home. Graham kindly returned our cars later.

The weather was a bit “iffy” in the morning which probably discouraged a few exhibitors but even so, it was a good little show, and for us, easy to get to. There was a band playing inside the pub, doing their best to deafen the locals which was apparently well received.

This show is definitely on the calendar for next year.

Stradsett Park Vintage Rally, 1st May – by Charley

With a nice day in the offing I left home allowing enough time to collect Theo and arrive in good time for the 9am meet. Craig was already at the Foldgate Inn when we arrived and we sat watching the stream of exhibitors making their way past heading towards the show ground entrance. We were later joined by Graham F. and hung on for Willy who was on his way. On his arrival we joined the traffic queue and headed to the entrance with passes at the ready. Once parked up, we were later joined by Neil driving Ivan’s car. His was still in the paint shop.

The KLCC Line-up – five cars in total

Although the show was in the same show ground as last year, it seemed to be much bigger. There were certainly more exhibits, stalls and attractions for kids, and there were more visitors.

A model race track with radio controlled cars was available free of charge, which attracted Theo and he spent some time trying to beat his own record. He also got some good arrows on target in the archery.

Theo in action

This show has grown from what it was five years ago when Theo and I first attended. Stationary engines formed a large part of the exhibits and it was incredible to browse and see the many varied types of engines on display. Modern giant farm machinery as well as veteran tractors & early 1900’s thrashing equipment were also exhibited and there was a continual run of events in the ring, even a relay race for garden machines.

Stanley Steamer model 740 from 1923

A heavy duty ‘Twin City’ from yesteryear

Motorcycles formed a large part of the show with their artistic paintwork, a tribute to the loving care lavished on them by their owners.

We had our moment of glory in joining other classic cars for a run around the ring, the commentator knowingly telling everyone over the PA system that this was a Ford Capri as we drove past. At least there was nothing wrong with his eyesight.

This guy is well known from other shows – a potential new member perhaps…

A random member of the public was asked to select their favourite club car on display, and being a former 2.8i Capri owner he selected Graham’s car.

By 4.15pm we had Theo’s mum on the end of the phone saying she needed to pick him up, so we collected our engraved glass token and made our way to the exit.

The weather was fine and the show was good with lots to see and lots going on, but at the cost of repeating myself from last year, one day was enough.

KLCC Coastal Car Run, 24th April – by Charley

Arriving at Tesco at 9.15am Theo and I found the car park empty and drove on towards the Wash & Tope where we found Graham B and Dave with Alfie & Freddie enjoying breakfast. We joined them for a cuppa and a chat. Through the window we spied Graham F driving around the town car park in his 2.8i looking for other participants.

Satisfactorily fed and watered we made our way back to the meet up where we discovered Craig and Graham F. already parked up. We were shortly joined by Adam in his newly repaired 1600 XL.

Six of us lined up and ready for the off

The six cars were lined up for the inevitable picture taking and then off we set. We followed the A149 through Old Hunstanton and Holme towards Thornham where we made a detour to pass by the old smugglers’ haunt, the Lifeboat Inn. In the smuggling era of the late 1700’s Thornham harbour was one of the main smuggling bases and the village could boast several ale houses, of which only three remain today.

From there we passed through Titchwell, Brancaster, Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale. Crossing the bridge over the river Burn by the old watermill gave a view of the cottages that were flooded in 1953.

The A149 brought us to Burnham Overy Staithe where we made another detour to the harbour and paused for photos with all the local yachts in the background. Pressing on from there we headed through to Burnham Overy Town and Burnham Market from where we headed for Burnham Thorpe, the birthplace of Nelson. His father was rector at the time of his birth but the old rectory where he was born was later demolished and the site is marked by a roadside plaque.

Passing Nelson’s local we found the car park empty and took advantage of another photo opportunity. The pub, originally called The Plough, was renamed The Lord Nelson in 1798 in honour of his victory at the Battle of the Nile.

Horatio Nelson’s local ale house

While lined up in the pub car park, a long string of vehicles on the St. George’s Day “Drive It” run came past. The driver of one of the cars, a nice looking 3 litre Mk.1, pulled over and stopped when seeing our six Capri’s lined up. She was Raffella who has since become a KLCC member.

Rafella’s MK1 3.0 – a beautiful example

From there we made our way back to the A149 and headed into Wells where we paused in the almost empty, new Town & Beach car park. A large tarmacked area was an ideal place for the younger members to “have-a-go”, so with assistance from Dads and Grandads, they did some driver training.

So, minus Graham who had to get home for an appointment, it was time to move on to Stiffkey for lunch. There were not many cars in the Red Lion car park, so we had plenty of room and made our way inside where a table had been reserved for KLCC.

Hunger satisfied and back on the A149, minus Adam who had to start making his way home, we followed the somewhat narrow road through Morston, Blakeney, Cley-next-the-sea, Salthouse and Kelling to Weybourne where we turned into the entrance for the Muckleburgh Collection car park.

The gatekeeper here is the world’s first cruise missile, a ferocious looking V1 “Doodlebug” flying bomb from WW2. After parking up and taking a few more pictures we paid our money and went inside. There are many varied and interesting exhibits in this museum and two or three hours could easily be spent looking around, even longer if examining some in depth and taking a ride in the military vehicles, which were not operating due to rain showers.

V1 ‘Doodlebug’ grabs attention

Having managed to dodge the showers through driving, dining or visiting the museum the day turned out a success even though the final part, the drive to Cromer, was cancelled and we ended the run at the museum. From the experience gained from this run, we could be looking at something similar next year.

CapriPower Lancaster Bomber Day at East Kirkby, 16th April – by Charley

A 6.30am rise saw us staring at the rain beating down on the pavement outside. We seriously considered calling it off but checking the weather forecast for the Boston area there seemed to be a miniscule chance of some sunshine later in the day, and the thought of all the effort put into the organising by friend Francis Ellingworth made us decide to give it a go.

After a hearty porridge breakfast and wipers set to high speed we set off.

After crossing the Ouse at Lynn the rain seemed to ease off a bit and we made good time to the meet up point where we arrived at 8.40am.

We investigated a bit of history at Sutton Bridge on the way through. Having heard in a documentary about the Dambusters that during training they regularly flew their Lancaster Bombers under the power cables and then up and over the bridge, we decided to have a look. So we drove up the road along the river towards Tydd as far as the old power cables and then looked back towards the bridge. It’s easy to see what they did, but to do it in Lancaster bombers seems incredible. An astonishing feat of spacial awareness on the part of the pilots who were mostly kids in their late teens and early twenties – Gibson was only 24.

On arriving at the Sutterton Little Chef, we found Dave and Freddie already there. Rain had reduced to a drizzle and things were starting to look decidedly rosier. We headed in for a cuppa while awaiting the arrival of whichever others had decided to brave the elements. Within 10 minutes we were joined by Ivan & Emily, Pete with Paul Belson and a mate in an “E” type.

With food for the hungry sorted, we moved on at about 09:20. The rain had stopped and we had an easy convoy drive to East Kirkby where a cheerful welcome awaited us from Francis. He was plainly grateful to everyone who had braved the elements and turned up.

There were already several cars there and with the clouds breaking more were turning up by the hour. We parked up in our line and proceeded to have a look around.

KLCC line-up – Ivan, Dave, Theo and Pete

Theo’s first requirement was a visit round all the museum exhibits to see what had changed from last year.

“Just Jane” was still in the hangar when we arrived, but was trundled out soon after as the sun seemed to have set-in for the day. The Dakota was still inside with engines undergoing maintenance with what appeared to be a complete new engine – 14 cylinders in two radial banks of 7 – crated and standing beside the aircraft. Theo and I have now been to this show five times and each time we find something in the hanger that we had previously missed.

As normal, a Capri-owning volunteer stepped up to inspect our meagre lot and choose the one he would most like to take home. The points went to Ivan.

Inspection of other vehicles on show revealed some really immaculate exhibits that depicted a true labour of love. As a result of the early morning rain, the number of cars on show was reduced and Francis gave us plenty of opportunity for photo-shoots which was gratefully accepted. We filled our boots.

Dave and Theo’s Lasers nose to nose, with the Lancaster looming

There were 75 vehicles present including 44 Mk.3’s, 7 Mk.2’s, 8 Mk.1’s, 13 others and 3 homeless allegros.

£1,142 was raised for the museum and £200 raised for Brain Appeal. Considering the weather forecast and rain in the surrounding areas of the country this was a tremendous result.

An immaculate 1600GT and well worth a picture

Theo with his Capri – his first show since the rebuild

After a day well spent, we decided to leave around 4pm and had an uneventful run home.

Spalding Classic & Custom Car Show, 27th March – by Pete

This year’s show season opener at Spalding started with a peek out of the curtains to make sure storm Katie wasn’t about yet. With everything looking good with bright but windy conditions, the flask and sarnies were made and we set off.

We met up with Steve Harris at McDonald’s just outside Spalding and then made our way to the show, which was being held on a large field behind Rabtracks farm machinery workshop.

Upon arrival a few pounds were dropped in the charity bucket which saw us waved in with a cheery smile and the promise of a plaque. As we trundled round to park up, I was pleasantly surprised by the turn out; I had been a bit sceptical when we set off that we’d be the only attendees, but there was already a couple of lines of assorted customs & classics assembled on the field.

 

 

 

 

A cup of tea and a sausage sandwich consumed, it was time to have a look around and the first stop was the auto jumble stall; turns out he was a bit of a Ford man so pockets suitably lightened it was time to check out the field of cars that had been steadily growing while I had been rooting through the boxes of goodies.

The standard of cars in attendance was very good. The rat rod was a beast which we heard coming up the road several minutes before it arrived and looking at it, it must be one hell of an adrenaline rush to try and hang on to it with your boot in!

 

All in all it was an informal show with a good turnout of different and interesting cars to look at and well worth attending next year.

2015 Reports

KLCC Christmas Lunch 2015 – by Charley

With the sun shining, it was a pleasant drive to a convivial get together for lunch at the Crown public house with a number of fellow club members.

Theo and I were making good progress and as we approached Ashwicken Theo spotted a black Mk1 ahead. Our latest club members I thought, Ian and Carol, and sure enough they turned into the Crown car park ahead of us.

Theo was straight over to have a look at the Capri and as we stood talking other members started arriving; Ivan, Neil and families were first to follow.

We made our way into the Crown to find the room where we hold our meetings was empty, despite there being plenty of other customers, so we settled in.

The free raffle tickets were handed out and after a half hour or so of friendly conversation we went through to the dining room where tables had been set out for us. Both the carvery and buffet options were top drawer and were fully up to expectations.

 

 

 

The draw was made for the raffle, which was won by Ivan and he was duly presented with £10 towards his meal.

Ivan receiving his £10 note from Theo

Having moved back to the easy chairs in the ‘club room’ we took part in the club quiz prepared by our Chairman, members received their Secret Santa gifts and then the club trophies were awarded.

Theo happy with his Secret Santa gifts

Yours truly was presented with the ‘Supporter of the Year’ shield which I won last year, and for the third year running. I also won ‘Best Car at the Show’ with my 3.0 Ghia – GAV 949W and both trophies are to be held for 12 months.

Charley with his trophies, supported by Theo

Ivan was presented with the ‘Best Club Stand’ award which KLCC won at the Hunstanton Kite Festival 2015, duly engraved with KLCC details, which he will hold on behalf of the club until the next Kite Festival in 2016.

Ivan with the Best Club Stand trophy from the Hunstanton Kite Festival

After swopping papers, the answers of the quiz were read out for checking. Points were totted-up and the prizes handed to the winners as follows:

1st – Pete Ward with 14 points
2nd – Neil & Rachel Cushion with 13 points
3rd – James & Sam Edwards with 11 points

Happy quiz winners – from top; Pete, James & Sam and Rachel & Neil

All in all a great afternoon was had by all in great company and fully in the spirit of the club.

Strumpshaw Steam Rally, 4th October – by Charley

With drizzling rain and a 7.45am departure for a 9.00am meet it didn’t look like a good day for a car show. We pressed on regardless, making our way broadly in line with the speed limits until we hit a 50mph restriction protecting an absent workforce. With a yellow camera van spotted at the last minute, I hit the brakes and observed my 57mph speed on the satnav unit, but was pleased to see two cars sailing past me on the right hand side. Not a great start I thought.

Still smarting from the thought that I now had three points on my licence, we arrived at McDonalds at Brundall with a few minutes to spare and met Craig on his way out of the building. Morning pleasantries dealt with we set off for the show to meet the 9.30am deadline. Given the lack of vehicles present we wondered what kind of event this would turn out to be.

Two vehicles from the club present – Craig’s Laser and Charley’s 3.0 Ghia

There were a couple of food stalls already doing business so Theo got the hot dog breakfast he wanted and knowing Ivan and Neil were there somewhere, we decided to have a look at the stationary engines. We found them with no less than five engines that they started up for our benefit and explained to Theo how they worked and what they were used for.

Neil and Ivan with their five stationary engines on display

A stream of cars had been entering while we were having a wander and by 10.30am it was starting to look like an event. With several rows of cars to look at we then went on a tour of inspection. One car that caught the eye was a little Fiat 500L dressed to look like a bishi-barnie-bee and with a large clock key that rotated as the car drove along, protruding from the boot, or maybe the rear engine cover. The mist had cleared and with the sun breaking through, the visitors’ car park was starting to fill up. Things were looking much better.

Bishi-Barnie-Bee in action…

Theo at the wheel of a Cobra replica, with an Essex V6 under the bonnet

A well preserved 1940’s Buick

The Norfolk Military Vehicle Group had a small stand with some interesting exhibits from WW2, the owners of which were more than happy to give us the history.

Radio modellers had made an appearance and were busy driving their models around amongst the public. A narrow gauge railway was taking mainly kids on rides from Strumpshaw Halt round the park and back again.

A Tiger and a Panther – a bit less threatening than the real thing!

After a bite to eat we took the advice of Ivan and Neil and paid a visit to the museum. A surprise was in store. It was packed with interesting items and Theo with his usual curiosity was full of questions about how this worked and what that did.

Steam reciprocating engine – also for marine use

Steam driven beam engine

Plethora of well-maintained steam engines

The pictures above don’t really do justice to what was on show. There was much, much more and this visit consumed most of our afternoon. There was even a complete fairground ‘Jungle Speedway’ ride on show together with a large steam organ and other large operating exhibits. The steam driven exhibits were operated by, I assume, compressed air as there was no heat or indication of steam leaks anywhere.

Later in the afternoon there was a small show mainly for kids where they could spin plates on sticks, walk on stilts, yo-yo’s amongst other things with guys teaching them how to do it.

Charley won the points again for the best club car present.

For a day that started off badly, this one turned out to be well worthwhile and would suggest putting it on next year’s calendar, if only to witness Ivan and Neil in action with their stationary engines.

We left about 4.30pm and got onto the A11, with eyes wide open for speed traps. Fortunately I appear to have got away with the earlier misdemeanour!

Nelson County Car Run (ANVC), 27th September – by Charley

This event provided a refreshing change from being sat in one place displaying a car to those taking a trip down memory lane.

On the guidance sheet it said that we should try to arrive from 8.30am onwards and the first cars would be away at 9.30am. That was a wide enough margin for anyone, with cars still arriving at the meet-up well after the first cars had been set off.

With a fine day and a good bowl of porridge beneath the belt, Theo and I set off at 8.10am for the fifty mile trip to Easton College, our designated starting point. We had no idea what the run entailed or where we would finish up, so it was a bit of a mystery tour.

We arrived at 9.00am to find the place packed with cars. There were many MG’s (as expected as it had been organised by the Norwich MG Owners Club), but also many other marques with some dating back to the 1930’s. As the day progressed and judging by the number of cars that arrived at the finish, I would estimate c200+ vehicles took part. Theo was quick to pick out a yellow Mk1 Capri and a Mk2 Escort RS2000 in the car park.

A broad mix of cars among other lines of participants at Easton College

One of the many MG’s on the start line

After being directed to a parking space we were told to head into the main restaurant building where we registered and received our route instructions and a placard for the front of the vehicle. We then headed into the dining room for bacon butties (Theo remarked it would have suited Dave) with vegetarian option and tea or coffee. Theo didn’t want any food so he took his bottle of juice and said he was going out to look at the Capri. He returned a while later, all smiles and saying he had spoken to the owner, a lady, who was impressed at his knowledge of Capris.

It was very relaxed, with everybody having a chin-wag, enabling us to get an idea of how the day was to run.

We studied the seventy mile route which were very detailed although we were stumped by the abbreviation ‘SP’ for a while. We knew ‘PH’ was an oasis and the book said ‘TL’ meant turn left, but ‘SP’? Then, in a moment of inspiration, I said to Theo, ‘SP’, try sign post! Well, he beamed.

On the start line we were told to zero our trip meters, which we did on the satnav, and then we set off.
Initially there were a couple of ‘Nelson Run’ cars in front that seemed to know where they were going, so navigator Theo had an easy time and we just followed.

Navigator climbing aboard

The roads were ‘C’ class and led us through Barford and Barnham Broom, East Tuddenham, Hockering and Swanton Morley through to Elsing and followed the estate boundary wall round Elsing Hall. From there we headed north and crossed the A1067 at Bawdeswell where we called in at the garden centre coffee shop for refreshment. Then onto Reepham. We had been warned about the festivities going on there and advised not to get waylaid or mixed up in them. Shame really as we would have liked to stop and say hello to Craig who had decided to swop venues at the last minute and forgo the Nelson Run for Reepham Village Show. As it turned out we couldn’t have found anywhere to park anyway. After passing through Reepham, we headed up to Cawston, Oulton Street and then through to Blickling and past the Hall, birthplace of Anne Boleyn, and on to Aylsham. From Aylsham we headed through Burgh to Buxton and Lamas. We passed round Coltishall Airfield to Scottow and then on up towards Honing and on to North Walsham. From North Walsham, it was a straightforward run to Felbrigg Hall where the Run terminated. Felbrigg Hall is a beautiful old stately home that was bequeathed to the National Trust, lock, stock and barrel, in 1969 on the death of the last squire of Felbrigg.

A mix of cars at the finishing post – Felbrigg Hall

Charley’s 3.0 Ghia wearing the Rally Plaque

We left at around 3.30pm and headed back towards Thetford to drop Theo off. It was an exceptionally good day out and one not to be missed. The weather was sunshine all day and we covered seventy-two miles on the run according to the sat nav. All of it stress free as most of it happened at 40 mph or less.

Well worth the £20 entrance donation to charity. Hope there’s another one next year.

King’s Lynn Classic Car Show, 13th September – by Charley

With the meet-up planned for 9am in North Lynn Industrial Estate, Theo and I left home 8:25. The journey went well as traffic wasn’t too bad and we arrived about 8.50 to find Graham already there with his Brookie. We pulled in behind him and got out for a natter. A few minutes later Justin turned up in his 2.8i Turbo Technics followed by Craig in his Top Gear Puma.

Noticing the number of exhibition type vehicles that were passing us and heading into town, we thought it might be a wise move to get under way. We waited until the 9am deadline in case anyone else was joining us and then set off for the Tuesday Market Place. We were marshalled into place and all parked up together. One metre being allowed between vehicles with the marshal utilising a 1m stick to ensure compliance!

KLCC line-up – Graham’s Brookie, Charley’s 3.0 Ghia, Justin’s Turbo Technics, Craig’s Puma

After getting parked up we headed for a coffee to find Dave’s Peugeot parked further down the line. Unfortunately he had missed our departure time as he had been held up.

Just a few cars away from our line-up was an immaculate Mk.1 Lotus Cortina that brought back memories of the record breaking London to Cape Town rally in 1963, when Eric Jackson and
Ken Chambers drove the 12,000 miles in 13 days, 8 hours and 48 minutes. Just 18 minutes faster than the previous record and a journey that would be politically impossible in today’s world.

Memories of London to Cape Town 1963

As this classic car show was part of the King’s Lynn Heritage weekend, all the old buildings normally occupied by solicitors, estate agents and other businesses along with some private dwellings were open to the public for viewing, as were the museums and the famous Air Raid Shelters underneath the Tuesday Market Place.

We got in the queue for the air raid shelter early, but even so had to queue for about half an hour; the waiting time increased through the day as more visitors turned up given the glorious weather. People were escorted down in batches of twenty to find a series of tunnels without any creature comforts that could accommodate a few hundred people. They were protected from anything other than a direct hit. We were treated to a simulated air raid while down there which added to the attraction.

Tour of the air raid shelters under the Tuesday Market Place

We had a good look round the vehicles that were on show and talked to many of the owners who were always interested in eulogising their exhibits. Unfortunately the Cooper Car that had been on show last year wasn’t present so an investigation into the workings of its intricate engine for Theo wasn’t possible.

A Lotus Turbo Esprit as featured in the 1981 Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’

Military action on Purfleet Quay

Purfleet Quay was the scene of military action portrayed between the English and French in Quebec together with the history of George Vancouver. Born in Lynn he was the founder of the city of Vancouver, Canada.

An original Model T on display

We visited the near 400 year old buildings in King Street and then took a trip to the fishing and maritime museum in Trues Yard.

By then time had moved on and it was time to think about making a move for home. We left around 4.30pm after a full and engaging day.

Members who exhibited their cars were Justin, Craig, Dave, Graham and Charley with visiting members including Ed, Seth and Theo. Charley got the points for his 3 litre.

This was a great show and overall event which was well attended, aided by fantastic weather.

Cars by the Lake, 6th September – by Charley

I had a good clear run in good weather to pick Theo up at 8.45am before driving to the meet-up point for 9.15am. Craig arrived soon afterwards and witnessing a variety of classic and vintage vehicles driving past we set-off for the showground.

With a long queue of cars on the approach road it was a case of moving forward inch by inch. Unbeknown to us, Craig was watching his temperature gauge slowly climbing upwards and was unable to do much about it. As we were parking up in the showground, his engine actually stopped and refused to re-start. We got some help and pushed him into the line. Fortunately the engine started normally after it had cooled down.

Charley’s 3.0 Ghia along with Craig’s misbehaving Laser…

With that piece of excitement over and after a quick sandwich breakfast, it was time to investigate. Theo wanted to find all the Capris that were on display and I was to take pictures of them. A fairly easy assignment that would give us an excuse for a good look around, or so I thought. On inspection we discovered there were quite a few Capris on show.

A lovely Mk2 3.0 auto in JPS colours

A Mk1, pinto engine 2.0 GT

A very nice 2.0 Laser

A stunning 2.0 S – yes please

A well preserved Mk1 1.6 GT

A rare sight these days – a Mk2 2.0 S

Another classic!

And a Consul Capri amongst the exhibits

During the rounds we found Debbie on her Miller’s Oils stand and had a good natter. During the course of the morning the show filled up with visitors and by lunchtime it was packed. The weather was hot which brought the visitors out in droves. A stubble field next to the showground was used as a car park and this was soon filled to capacity.

Food stalls were plentiful but the beer stall seemed to have been cunningly placed near a wasp’s nest, which kept people on their toes!

Other items of interest included a large craft tent, which included the tea and cake stall with chairs and tables set out under cover in case of rain. There were a few trade stands including one for F1 cars that kids could sit in for a donation to charity. There was also a kid’s corner with bouncy castle, bungee jumping, hook-a-duck, etc. and a competition for adults to choose the best car was instigated amongst exhibitors.

Theo’s quest to find Capri’s certainly filled my camera, not to mention space in the newsletter.

Cadillac were the first mass producers of the V8 engine with their 314 cu” (5.15 litre) side valve engine producing 70 bhp in 1914. Since then they produced 90° V8 OHV engines from 1949 onwards. The 1970’s Cadillac DeVille, pictured above, would probably have had one of the largest V8’s ever produced by Cadillac – the 472 cu” (7.73 litre) or the bigger 500 cu” (8.2 litre) engine. These were produced from 1970 to 1977 when they downsized to a 425 cu” (6.96 litre) for newer models.

A Cadillac, with its huge power plant on show

The guy with the 427 Cobra got second prize in the best car competition.

The show was very good and bigger than last year, although no doubt aided by the weather, but it should be placed on our calendar for next year.

We left together with most others around 4.30pm, dropping Theo off before heading home.

Whinburgh Village Féte, 5th September – by Craig

As you can imagine this was a very small event as Whinburgh is only a small village a few miles south of Dereham. I know some of the organisers and they asked if I could help them out with any classic cars. I took my Capri and Top Gear Puma there and two members of the Fakenham Auto Club brought their cars, so we had a total of four cars and three elderly tractors brought along by villagers.

This was the first time I managed to get both my cars to the same event. The day was a mixture of showers and a cold wind followed by sunshine, but this did not deter the general public who turned out in good numbers. The fete consisted of many of the usual types of stalls selling crafts, bric-a-brac, tombola along with some plate smashing and also a dog show along with a dog agility display.

Craig’s Top Gear Puma and Laser on display

There was a great barbeque selling hot dogs and burgers which I visited a couple of times, along with the bar in the pavilion.

Overall a good day, and hopefully next year they will manage to get a few more cars there.

Thornham Village Show, 30th August – by Charley

The weather forecast for the day wasn’t particularly inspiring. Drizzle was predicted around lunchtime and getting heavier as the afternoon progressed but it was only a stone’s throw down the road for us so why not!

The show wasn’t due to start until noon but I had heard via the grapevine that it was open for exhibitors from 10am, so off we set, arriving shortly afterwards to find we were among the first to arrive.

Pete was on his way so I arranged to save him an adjacent space with the organisers.

Charley’s 3.0 Ghia and Pete’s Mk1

Graham’s Brookie and Laser – to be found elsewhere in the display unfortunately

Alan turned up with his Zephyr shortly after, followed by Dave in his Peugeot being towed into the field by Freddie in his “BRUM” pedal car. Freddie then set about polishing his pride and joy which brought a smile to the faces of many onlookers. The group was completed by Graham & Alfie in the Brookie and Ed driving the SRG Laser.

Freddie polishing his own pride and joy

For a small village show this one seemed to attract many old and rare, well-kept vehicles. The pride of place for which must go to possibly the first Aston Martin. Nothing announced it as such except a logo combining the A and M superimposed on each other. That took a bit of deciphering as we assumed it was read M A!

An early Aston Martin – how many people realise whilst walking past

A couple of Bentleys were on show with their 4.5 litre, 4 cylinder engines. The mind boggles. I overheard one of the owners saying his would do 95mph, but it was quite scary at such a speed. Another unusual car was a Franklin – Bonny & Clyde style. It had a rather large 6 cylinder engine of which I never did find out the CC. Franklin cars were produced in Syracuse, NY, between 1902 and 1934 when the company ceased trading. 150,000 cars were produced and for the final four years of production the company was also producing aeroplane engines.

One of the 4.5 litre Bentley’s on display – more than 1,000cc per cylinder!

The huge power plant – but only 4 cylinders!

The points for Best Car on the Club Stand went to Pete for his ‘Yellow Peril’. Due to the way vehicles arrived and were parked, we were unable to park together unfortunately.

An improvement on last year was the availability of food, with burgers and hot dogs available from the grille along with home-made cakes, tea, coffee and soft drinks from inside the village hall.

By 4.30pm things were starting to wind down and we left shortly after. Assuming there would be heavy traffic on the A149, we took the back roads followed by Pete.

A well-attended small village show with some unusual exhibits and worth a visit next year.

Hunstanton Kite Festival, 16th August – by Charley

This was arguably the best ever turnout for a show by KLCC members with a total of eleven Capri’s present, along with Alan’s Zephyr.

One end of the KLCC line-up

And the other, with Alan’s Zephyr sneaking into the picture

The meet-up time was 9.30am with the meeting point less than a mile from the showground. Being local I had a leisurely morning prior to departure.

Despite driving to the show in convoy we somehow found other exhibitors amongst us which initially saw a break in our line-up but with a bit of reshuffling we managed to form a club-only line-up, and very impressive it looked too.

Pete’s Mk1, restored at home in his garage, with Mini-Stig in the foreground

As the name suggests, Kites are the main attraction and there was no dearth this year. There were some fantastic kites on exhibition, many of them performing aerobatics in multiple displays. Quite mind boggling in fact to think how the controllers manage to prevent the lines from tangling together.

One of the kite displays in action

An improvement on last year was the increase in stalls supplying food to hungry visitors. There was also a selection of stalls selling various car related items and the odd one or two selling books and music CDs.

The weather was great and the selection of classic cars on show was excellent.

Lots of chrome on this supercharged beast – the owner must love polishing!

Justin won two awards with his car; best car on the KLCC stand as voted by a member of the public along with an official award from the show of Best Modern Classic. To top the day off, KLCC were awarded the coveted Classic Car Team Award, stealing it by a margin from the KL Mini Owners Club, who had won it for the last two years in succession.

Shortly after 4pm people started drifting away and we followed at about 4.30pm, heading off to Station Road Garage for the pre-arranged photo-shoot.

It was a good show and well worth the effort.

Norwich Motor Show, 15th August – by Craig

Unfortunately I was the only attendee from the club and visiting on the Saturday, whereas the busier day of this two-day show is Sunday with usually double the number of exhibitors.

The event was advertised as being at the Norfolk Showground, which conjured up a picture of a large show, however it was actually located in one of the car parks of the showground and was considerably smaller than I was expecting.

I arrived at about 9.15am with only about five other cars there and considering the show started at
10am it looked like it was going to be a bit of a waste of time. However, over the course of the next hour the parking area filled up with about sixty to seventy cars in total.

There were only two Capris there including mine with the other belonging to a chap we first met at Cars by the Lake in 2014 with his 1986 black Laser.

The two main club displays were the Austin 7 and Morris Minor owners clubs, with some very nice cars on display. There was also a number of Caterham 7’s and Lotus Elise’s parked in the central area.

Norfolk Austin Seven Club stand

There was a good display of Army and RAF vehicles with some quad bikes offering rides for kids. There were the usual stalls selling tools, cars accessories, food, books and charity goods. There was also Star Wars characters strolling around along with some Daleks, although I was not sure why they were there – maybe they were at the wrong show!

Daleks, asking for directions

There was a display from Triking. These are three wheeled cars that use Moto Guzzi engines which are hand built just up the road from me in Hingham. Prices start from £8,300 for the kit or c£20,000 for a fully built vehicle!

Three wheeler production from Triking

Overall it was a good show but probably worth planning to attend on the Sunday.

Boston Classic Car Show, 9th August – by Charley

This show called for another early start as the meet-up was planned for 8.15 – 8.30am and it was a good hour’s drive from home.

We were the first to arrive so whilst I re-fuelled and used the toilet, Theo perused the magazine shelf to find a picture of himself in the September issue of Retro Ford magazine. That cost me a fiver so the day had started well…

Ivan and Neil turned up soon after with Craig in his Top Gear Puma close behind. Morning greetings accomplished we climbed back into the cars and set off for the two or three mile journey to Graves Park, Kirton.

Traffic into the showground was not as heavy as expected and we were directed to our stand. Craig had done us proud with a booking for six cars but as we ended up a four, we had ample space.

KLCC line-up – Charley, Neil and Ivan’s Capri’s with Craig’s Puma lurking behind

Craig used all the available space in lieu of three missing Capri’s

After parking up it was time for the usual look around and there were a lot of classic cars to look at.

There was no ring in which to drive around but there was an acclaimed knowledgeable person who went around the exhibits and gave an in depth story about some of them via a radio link to the PA hut. Theo and I heard him mention a LHD Capri RS2600 which pricked our ears up and we eventually found the car tucked away at the back under some trees and had a good look. From the VIN plate the engine code was “UY” and axle code “U”. This proclaimed a 2600cc V6 engine and an unusual back axle gear – L being a 3.09:1 and R being a 3.22:1. Code U isn’t listed anywhere that I could find.

A rather rare RS2600

There were a lot of interesting cars, and other objects like a five-seat tandem bicycle on show. One that caught my eye was a clean white 3.0 “S” and I got talking to the owner. It is in fact a 2.8i that had been part of the Old Spice promotion team and converted to look like a 3.0 “S”. Old Spice promo markings have since been removed, but 3.0 S badging has been left intact – to avoid having to replace the side rubber mouldings. A difficult job once the pins have been ground off. The car was for sale with the owner looking for £6,300 which seemed reasonable.

Former ‘Old Spice’ promo car

A Brookie forming part of the display

The commentator passed us by eventually without a second glance and even Craig’s Top Gear
Puma didn’t seem to arouse his interest. He was more interested in the fact that there were two Studebakers at the one show.

Theo had a find at a bookstall and purchased some reading material in the form of Haynes Manual for 1.6 and 2.0 Capris. That’s his bedtime reading requirements covered for the next few months.

The weather was great, the show was packed and we were treated to a Spitfire flypast. There were certainly plenty of interesting vehicles to look at including our old friend the red Morris Minor “Push-i-me-pullu” – front at both ends.

A rather elderly Austin commercial

From 4pm people were starting to drift away and we left about 5pm. Strangely enough, there wasn’t much traffic heading in our direction and we had a good run home.

It was a good show with plenty of interesting vehicles and worth another visit next year.

Wayland Show, 2nd August – by Charley

The day started bright enough and after an early breakfast snack, Theo and yours truly departed for the meet up at 8.45am at Tesco’s car park in Watton. We had to be in the showground by 9.15am.

We arrived a bit early due to an absence of traffic and awaited the arrival of Craig – the only other KLCC member that was booked in.

While finishing our sandwich breakfast we admired the layout of an empty Tesco car park and Theo practiced his mountaineering skills on the large recycling bins that were strategically placed.

Craig finally turned up in his relaxed fashion and we decided to head towards the showground entrance.

Just about a line-up for KLCC

This one had a small block V8 under the bonnet

The fact that this was an agricultural show, was accentuated by the fact that tractors and other agricultural interests, horse jumping, scurry driving, etc. predominated.

Theo went round and counted the number of classic cars that were exhibited and came back with a total of 50. Tractors totalled a few more than that.

Some of the many tractors on display

Scurry driving was something that neither of us had seen before, so we sat in the grandstand and watched. The aim is to record the fastest time round the obstacle course without knocking any balls off the marker cones on the way round. One minute is added for each ball dislodged by a glancing contact with a cone.

Scurry driving trials in the ring

Theo’s interest in horses took us to the show jumping trials where we watched riders coaxing their steeds over the various jumps. One or two of the lady riders in jodhpurs and riding kit were somewhat oversized which gave them a rather ridiculous appearance and made us feel sorry for the poor horse that had to carry the extra weight.

The absolute highlight of the show was the three motorcyclists that performed aeronautical stunts on their motorcycles and were speaking over the PA system as they were doing them. The grandstand was packed for this event, but as this was at the end of the ring, spectators would not have had the spectacular view that we had from the side – as evidenced by the pictures.

Not for the faint-hearted


That doesn’t look right – brace for a crash landing

Unfortunately Theo developed a toothache that gave him grief which turned out to be an abscess that required hospital treatment, so we had to leave early and I took him straight home.

Whilst not much of a classic car event, it was a good agricultural show.

Old Buckenham Airshow, 1st August – by Craig

This was the first time I had been to this event and I had heard good things about it. Unfortunately I was the only club member able to attend, and as it turned out, the only one exhibiting a Capri which meant my car did get a lot of attention!

I arrived at 9.15am in warm and sunny conditions, with about twenty cars lined up along the grass between the traders stalls and the access road, directly in front of the runways. There were approximately seventy cars in total on the day, but I later found out that Sunday is the main day with normally double that number of cars on display. I also found out the Spitfire & Hurricane flypast was also scheduled for the Sunday, so this is worth bearing in mind for next year.

The event was very busy with lots of visitors and my car did get a lot of attention with many people saying they used to have one and wished they’d kept it. One old gent even asked if he could have his photo taken in the driver’s seat so he could tell his wife, who was at home, that he just bought a Capri like the one he used to own.

Later in the day there were the flying displays with many old planes and the newer planes of the Wildcats Aerobatic Display Team doing close formation flying and close flypasts.

Another highlight for Sunday was that Honor Blackman was to be there and was to be reunited with the Hiler helicopter that she flew in the final scenes of the James Bond film Goldfinger. However, the helicopter and one of the Aston Martins used in the film were parked on the edge of the runway on Saturday for all to enjoy.

Honor Blackman’s helicopter and James Bond’s DB5 from Goldfinger

As for the cars there were some lovely mint examples and one that took my eye was a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro in dark metallic blue, parked next to a Triumph Stag which was also in excellent condition. Other cars that I liked were an immaculate 1964 Jaguar E-Type and a 2000 TVR Tuscan, with flip paint!

Stag and Camaro looking pretty

TVR and Jag – new versus old

As for the rest of the show there were many Army and RAF vehicles, some massive anti-tank guns along with lots of stalls selling aviation books, models, tee shirts and a vast stall selling model vehicles but no Capris as far as I could see.

One other highlight was the monster truck that was offering rides for £10 a go. It raced around the field driving over two unfortunate Vauxhall Corsa’s in the process. It could also go across the field at 45 degree angles taking out two old Nissan Micra’s. Needless to say all the cars were squashed flat, but presumably not part of the classic car exhibition!

Corsa and Micra anti-existence deviced

All in all a good day and hopefully some more club members can make next year’s show.

Weeting Steam Engine Rally & Country Show, 19th July – by Charley

Early morning rain didn’t look at all like a promising start to the day but we had made arrangements with Theo’s mate Noah, and his father James, to go anyway so we had to get the 3.0 Ghia out of the garage and load up.

The plan was to take two cars, but as Theo’s Laser was still in the body shop, we all had to pile into one car.

We had arranged with Craig to meet up at the Saxon pub in Weeting before driving into the showground and with little traffic on the road we arrived fifteen minutes early, so went for a coffee.

Craig duly arrived and with “Good Mornings” taken care of we all headed for the showground where we were parked up tight under the direction of John Maxim on the pretext of having a full showground – this didn’t transpire ultimately and there was loads of space.

Having parked up, the next car to drive in was none other than Willy who joined the ranks to form a more meaningful KLCC line-up. Two cars down was an immaculate 2.0 S belonging to a young chap from Sudbury. We knew him from previous events and he arranged to swop places with the car between us after the ring event in order to make a four-car Capri line up.

The ring event with the lad from Sudbury

Tank ride was a dusty experience

Rides set up to look like they were steam driven

Beautifully presented showman’s engine

Ely’s fire brigade from yesteryear

Then it was time for a look around, so we boarded one of the tractor-trailer show busses for a tour of the showground.

Whichever way one looks at it, this is a big show and arranging it must be a logistical headache. There were two rings, large and small, with events, demonstrations and commentaries going on throughout the day. Spread around the large showground were demonstrations of field ploughing with a pair of steam engines, a steam driven sawmill, bygone corn thrashing, steam road repairing, steam driven fun fair, helicopter rides and a multitude of stalls of various types not to mention what must have amounted to a hundred or more classic tractors, farm machinery and vehicles of all types.

In the end, the weather turned out for the better and we had an enjoyable day out. Having received our plaque from the organiser (an engraved drinking glass) we decided to depart and queued in traffic leaving the showground for a somewhat longer journey home.

Snettisham show, 11th July – by Charley

It was Graham who suggested a quick run down to this show, just 2 miles away from home, together with his dad Alan.

They were only able to attend the afternoon when they finished work and as I was in the process of convalescing it gave me a good chance to ‘test the water’ post-op given the proximity

Graham called at mine shortly after 14:00 in his Brookie, with Alfie and friend in the back and off we went. We were waved straight in to the showground as Alan, already there, had primed the organisers of our arrival. We parked up beside a yellow TVR belonging to one of Graham’s customers. This owner extolled to me the virtue of the type 9, 5-speed, gearbox that Graham had shoehorned into the car and connected up to the 3.0 litre Essex. He was preaching to the converted of course…

These two shared a stable for long enough

An impressive line-up of a dozen, 3 wheelers

Alan’s Zephyr 6, distinctive in this line up

Another 6, this one by Triumph in a TR6

After a quick look around we were feeling somewhat thirsty and headed across the road to the extremely handy Rose & Crown. Another chance to ‘test the water’… There were several stalls, live music and some commentaries on the events in the ring.

For a small inauspicious show, this has the potential to grow into something bigger and maybe worthwhile keeping an eye on this one for next year’s KLCC calendar.

The weather was fine and all in all it was definitely worth the thimble of fuel to get there.

Poppy Line, 5th July – by Craig

The day started off well with clear skies and sunshine and it looked like we were in for another warm day, but how wrong that turned out to be! The plan was for six club cars to attend, but we only managed three.

I met up with Pete & Paula in their Anglia at Budgens car park in Holt at about 9.15am, with Graham B due to arrive later in the day with his passenger Dave, who had recently sold his Laser.

The two of us made our way to Holt station and went straight in as the queues of previous years had not materialised.

Upon arrival the marshal told us his map did not have the row number we had been allocated, so we drove in the general direction of the other cars where we were then directed accordingly. Our allocated spot was the last row facing the road right at the back of the field – probably the worst place to be in for the people viewing the cars, but the best place to be for not getting your car covered in dust from all of the traffic.

There were five or six rows of cars behind us which were non-club exhibits which seemed to have been given the box seats.

Graham & Dave arrived about 11am to complete our line-up – my Laser, Graham’s Brooklands and Pete’s Anglia. After some general cleaning of the cars to remove the fine film of dust, the rain started and it was grey and cold with rain showers for the rest of the day

The KLCC line-up – ‘three’ appears to be our lucky number

Having got soaked looking at the cars on display it was time to get on the steam train to Sheringham to buy some clothes as my daughter and I were in t-shirts and shorts, and were feeling the chill. Serves us right for not looking at the weather forecast!

A nice looking Mk.1 Mustang

A rare Vauxhall Viva convertible

Unfortunately our allocated position and the weather seemed to deter visitors from coming to look at our cars, but we were fortunate to have found one brave soul nearby who selected Grahams Brookie for club car of the show.

About 4pm the sun came out by which time the show ground was emptying of cars and we all left by 4.15- 4.30pm.

Cars on the Green, 21st June – by Charley

We were a bit late getting away, but made it to the meet-up by 09:00 to find Pete and Paula in the Anglia and Craig in his Laser all waiting and raring to go.

The queues of traffic that we experienced last year were not in evidence so we had a fairly quick run into the show ground and were directed to our stand. The stand, originally booked for six cars had ample room and we were able to spread ourselves comfortably. Having parked up, Theo and myself set off to look around.

A bit of a meagre line-up

The first thing we came across was a lengthy row of kit cars, all highly polished and gleaming.

The kit-cars out in force

The next was an interesting yellow Mk1 3000 with the registration number TOY – which I’m sure it was. The owner, a chap from Stanton who was known to Theo, told us the engine, a 3 litre Essex with electronic fuel injection was only produced by Ford for a period of 2 years and they were all shipped to South Africa. He’d had it shipped back and installed it in his Mk1.

 

A fine TOY indeed

Other interesting cars included a RHD ’69 Mustang with some interesting history as shown on the display plaque. Apparently it was ‘built at Dearbourn, Michigan, on 18th April 1969, for export with a 302ci (4949cc) V8 and C4 automatic transmission. It arrived in the UK on 10th August 1969 and was converted to RHD by Ruddspeed. The car was then sold new on 12th August 1970. The current owner is the 14th person to have owned this car and purchased it on 21st October 1995 when it required a full restoration. Having spent 18 years restoring it he is now happy with the result. It is painted in House of Kolour, Candy Apple Red with Ghost Stripes and was fitted with power front discs and heavy-duty suspension from new’.

A gleaming engine bay housing the V8

Not a bad place to be sitting

Another interesting discovery was a 1300 engine that produced 250bhp, which has given a few club members something to think about. Is Theo’s Laser destined to become a giant-killer?

Now this is what a 1300cc engine should look like

Having looked at most of the exhibits Theo talked me into buying him some “Yu-gi-ho” cards (something special to modern kids) and then proceeded to kill himself with laughter while trying to teach me to play. The rules seemed to change with each game (I think he was making them up as we went along) and I lost even though he insisted he was trying to let me win. I still didn’t get the hang of it so we reverted back to the cars…

An exceptionally well preserved 2.8i – even Theo could not pick out any faults

By 16:00, exhibitors and the public were starting to drift away. The kit car boys left en-block as some of them had longish drives to get home and we left shortly after.

It was a good show and a good day out. It was just a shame we only managed to get three cars there against the allocation of six.

Euston Rural Pastimes, 7th June – by Charley

Having been to this show twice before, I’m still pleasantly surprised at the variety of attractions and ring events they manage to put together. From a small start, this is one show that seems to have blossomed.

I arrived at Euston village green in good time and waited for Theo’s mum to bring him over from Bardwell, just a few miles away.

While waiting I was treated to horn tooting from both Willy and Graham F. as they drove past on their way to the showground – probably envious of such a well presented Capri waiting by the roadside.

We had all been given allocated spaces in the classic car section but it was a bit of a disappointment to discover that in spite of being entered as KLCC, we were not grouped together. Craig, Willy and Graham were all side by side while I was parked up two rows away. Craig’s Laser had cooling system problems so he had brought the Puma as a last minute replacement. With the attachment to ‘Top Gear’, it’s noticeable the amount of public interest this car raises.

Craig’s ‘Top Gear’ Puma with Willy’s and Graham’s 2.8i’s adjacent

After parking up between a two-seater sports car and a heavyweight Jag we passed our morning pleasantries with the others, had a sandwich and wandered round to see what was on offer.

We saw an immaculate “N” registration Mk2, 3.0 litre Ghia and Theo was magnetically attracted to a nice Pontiac Trans-Am Firebird with a blue Phoenix on the bonnet.

‘N’ reg Mk2 3.0 Ghia – very nice indeed

There are three rings at this show and the drive around for selected classic cars was scheduled for 12:15 in the small ring. Craig’s Laser had been selected to take part, but as it wasn’t there he was asked to take the Puma in instead. Theo wanted a ride round the ring, so he sat in with Craig and his daughter.

Craig’s Puma in the show ring

Other interesting cars that got into the ring were an old “Bull Nose” Morris Cowley; called the
Doctor’s Car as they were so popular with the medical profession back in the 1920’s and 30’s.
There was a Corsair GT with a V4 engine that sounded rather nice, an immaculate Volvo P1800
LHD that looked like it had come straight from a ‘Saint’ movie and several other old and interesting cars.

Bull Nose Morris Cowley – the doctor’s car

Large ring events included heavy horses driving vehicles, farming machinery, falconry display, an impressive motor cycle display team, six packs of hounds and steam engines racing. Most of which were attention grabbing.

Motorcycle display team

There was a large selection of stationary engines, most of them chugging away merrily, motorcycles, old bicycles and an abundance of stalls of all calibre.

We were treated to a flypast of a WW2 Dakota and an aerial display by a pair of stunt biplanes doing aerobatics.

Bardwell thrashing team sawing timber Old and modern

Stanley steam car from 1923

Theo, who was expected to want to leave early, had a really good day out, apart from getting lost and found, and was mildly surprised when Mum phoned at 16:30 to say she was there to collect him. People were starting to leave so Theo went off to collect our plaque, which turned out to be a genuine horse brass – an indication of the quality of this show.

An excellent and enjoyable day was had by all.

Santa Pod Classic Ford Show, 31st May – by Charley

A very early start was required for this show as we had to be there by 08:00, so at 05:45 the convoy of three cars left Heacham on our 85 mile journey – Graham, Jake and Alfie in his 2.0 Laser, Bob and Janice in the 2.8i and Theo and me in GAV.

With the satnav set, I took the lead and off we went. The arrangement was that we would head directly for Santa Pod and meet up with the others in the first layby on A45 after A14 / A45 Thrapston junction. We arrived on time and waited! By 07:30 we were getting worried and made a phone call. The others were still at Brampton Hut Services on the A1 / A14, 12 miles away.

Estimating it would be at least another fifteen minutes before they got to us, we hung on a while but then as time was getting on we made another call and said we would meet them there. As it turned out, the satnav took us for an excursion through the village of Irchester and we all arrived at the entrance to Santa Pod at the same time.

With a shorter queue this year entrance was fairly quick and we followed directions to our allotted club space and got settled.

Pete, Simon, Charley and Bob – well, their cars anyway

Steve & Lizzy, Graham B and Willy

Ivan and Neil, plus a half, with Dave in the background…

After that, a quick tour round the stalls was called for. The drag strip was still wet from an earlier downpour and with more rain threatening there was a question mark over the whole day’s events. So with the organisers feverishly trying to dry off the track, we all had time for a wander.

An immaculate 2.0s with Cosworth turbo power

Bob, Janice, Theo and I found seats in the stand for the start of events, but after several assurances over the PA system that events would be starting in fifteen minutes, we got tired of looking at an empty drag strip and took another wander. The first cars made an appearance on the grid about an hour later by which time we had done our shopping.

A well-attended show but shame about the threatening weather

Theo and Alfie had decided to go on the dodgem cars so we watched them for a while and then made our way onto the grassy bank on the opposite side of the grandstand. After a while, the cold wind got to us and having watched numerous cars attempt to complete sub ten second runs we decided to head for home before the mass exodus.

By the time we walked back to the KLCC stand, some of the other members had already left including Simon, who won the points with his 3.0 S. Bob and Janice drove straight back to Heacham whereas I had a detour via Bury St Edmunds to drop Theo off.

Unfortunately it was a bit of a disappointing day really due to the weather which caused a late start to the day’s events, the cold wind and us getting fed up and leaving early; Theo never got to see the jet car although we heard it go down the strip as we were pulling out of the stand!

Cars on Bardwell Village Green, 24th May – by Charley

This show was local to Theo and although we hadn’t made an entry, we decided to take a walk up to the green and see what was going on.

This is a selection of what we found.

A very nice Mk1 3000 GT

An old Steamer named ‘Oliver’

An original Consul Capri

The old “Bull Nose” Morris Cowley

Theo teamed up with one of his school mates and they had a few racing competitions on the Scalextric track that was set up in one of the attraction tents. There was a selection of other stalls and attractions. In essence, this is just a small village car show but there were some interesting exhibits. With more advance warning it would have been possible to enter GAV as an exhibit – perhaps next year.

Knebworth Festival of Transport, 25th May – by Charley

08:00 saw Theo and I climbing aboard GAV for the quick drive to the petrol station to meet up with Dave and Freddie. A quick hello and we were off as we had to make it to the meet up point at Brampton Hut Services to tie in with Craig at 09:15.

Traffic wasn’t too bad so we were able to maintain the legal limit and arrived just about on time only to find Craig was missing. He eventually made his way round from the McDonalds car park where he maintained he had been waiting for us!!!!! The three of us then headed off towards Knebworth House.

It was an uneventful run and we arrived well before the 11:00 deadline. We were directed to a space and after parking noticed Graham Fletcher’s 2.8i standing just a short distance away. He later moved over and joined us thereby making a group of three club Capris and a Top Gear Puma.

Almost a line-up – Charley, Dave and Craig

The owners of a very nice yellow Lotus Elise were asked to judge the cars on show. However, before making a selection they did their best to convert us to Millers Oils and enquired as to what oil we used in our cars. As none of us fitted their vision of users of quality oil, they quickly moved onto the voting and selected Graham’s car as winner of the Best Car points.

The show itself was a bit of a disappointment inasmuch as the judges in the ring seemed to be anti-Capri and anti-KLCC. Other clubs were mentioned, but not us. After a couple of attendances in the ring, during which the judges never even looked at our cars, we gave up. Craig got a bit of a mention with his Puma, but even that unique piece of motoring history didn’t win a prize.

Nice looking Crayford Cortina from 1972

We left after the plaques were issued at 16:00 and headed back to Bury to drop him back at his mum’s.

Recognition of our attendance

On the way back along the A14 we caught up with a certain yellow Lotus Elise and its occupants which we followed for many miles until they turned off just before Bury.

The weather was OK, but all in all, it was a bit of a disappointing day.

Rackheath Classic Car Show, 17th May – by Charley

Theo and I left the house at 07.45 to make our way to Rackheath. We picked up Dave & Freddie just outside the village and together headed off towards Norwich.

The weather was fine and with virtually empty roads we maintained a good constant speed. The sat-nav took us straight to Rackheath without a hitch where we arrived at 09:15, being waved straight in.

KLCC members Ivan & Neil, who are the main organisers of the show, directed us to what seemed to be a place of honour. Their cars were already in situ and we lined up beside them. We had a well-presented fleet of cars from the Triumph Stag Owners Club lined up next to us.

The KLCC line-up

Craig arrived shortly after in his Top Gear Puma. He said he had heard that “The Stig” might be paying us a visit and wanted to get some pictures of him with the car if he showed up.

The KLCC line-up

There was plenty to look at with lots of stalls, chain saw wood carving, a long line of stationary engines, a good selection of cars ranging from veteran, through classic to modern modified, veteran and classic tractors, WW2 army vehicles (mostly American), trucks, motorcycles, a modified 3 litre track car and even a powered bicycle.

The radio controlled model vehicle club was there and demonstrated their skills in manoeuvring and handling a variety of radio controlled models covering many types of HGVs you would expect to see on the roads and even some you would only find in the States or Oz, such as the 18 wheelers and road trains.

With plenty to look at and good demonstrations in the ring there was plenty to keep us occupied.

There was an excellent demonstration by the emergency rescue service performing their life saving techniques on the dummy and an equally enthralling demonstration of the work done by birds of prey in keeping harmful species away from farmers’ crops and other vulnerable areas. I was unaware that they can be trained to single out a specific type of bird such as a wood pigeon, and are able to achieve over 150mph in a diving attack.

A Falcon – but not of the Ford variety

Neil won the points for his well-presented 2.8i.

We left just after 16:00 as I had to drop Theo off on the way home. This was the first time we had been to Rackheath, but it was a good little show and worth a visit next year.

KLCC Show & Shine, 16th May – by Charley

Now in its second year the clubs Show & Shine was no disappointment. The previously threatened inclement weather didn’t materialise and the afternoon turned out bright and sunny.

Theo and I were first on scene at about 13:15 and we sat in the sun quaffing a cold one wondering who would be next to arrive. Theo decided we should choose a colour each of passing cars, scoring a point for each match respectively. I chose red and he chose white. After I had gained a lead of several points he decided that white was no good and switched to black. After a new agreement was struck all the white cars started to pass, much to his chagrin!

The next exhibitor, Malcolm Mitchell from King’s Lynn Ford Sport, arrived in his smart little XR3i. By 14:00 several exhibitors had rolled in, with Willy bringing up the rear some forty minutes later due to work commitments.
Theo had contacted his ‘friend’, Mini Stig, who said he would put in an appearance which he did shortly after 14:15. It seems he is becoming a regular visitor to KLCC events and the idea was suggested of adopting him as Club mascot. Theo being the only member privy to his identity will necessarily have to do the negotiating.

After pleasantries were exchanged, food organised and a couple of hours of socialising between exhibitors it was time to arrange the judging. A random pub guest was approached by the Chairman and agreed to perform the task. He took considerable time to equate each vehicle, eventually recording the registration numbers of the winning vehicles for each class.

Winner’s line-up – Theo, Craig, Steve and Carol

Best Capri up to 1600cc was won by Craig as his was the only one in that class. However he very kindly agreed to share a re-trial with Theo at the very first show attended by both their cars.

Craig with his 1.6 Laser

Best Capri up to 2000cc was won by Steve and Lizzy’s Mk1 2000.

Lizzy with her co-owned Mk1 2000 and trophy

Best Capri up to 3000cc was won by yours truly which was indeed a great surprise when compared with Graham’s Brookie and Justin’s and Willy’s 2.8i’s. It made Theo’s day and was indeed a credit to his cleaning and polishing skills of the previous morning.

Theo with our trophy

Best overall car of the show was awarded to a well-cared for and presented Ford Capri Classic GT belonging to Carol (& Charles) Mardon from Snettisham.

Carol with her Ford Capri Classic GT

Cars on show were:
Burgundy 2.8i Turbo Technics (Willy Wilson)
Navy Capri Classic GT (Carol Mardon)
Blue 2.0 Laser (Dave Kelsey)
Turquoise / White Zephyr 6 (Alan Bolt)
Graphite Escort XR3i (Malcolm Mitchell)
White 3.0 Ghia (Charley Batchelor / Theo Grey)
Blue 2.8i (Graham Fletcher)
White 1.6 Laser (Craig Williamson)
Red 2.8i Turbo Technics (Justin Cook)
Blue 2.0 Laser (Station Road Garage, driven by Jake Clayton)
Green 280 Brooklands (Graham Bolt)
White Mk1 2000 GT (Lizzy & Steve Nicholson)

There was a good turnout and grateful thanks to all for making the effort.

Stradsett Park 39th Vintage Rally, 4th May – by Charley

As usual this was a good little show, but with a definite leaning towards agricultural exhibits including tractors and general farm equipment, along with WW2 army vehicles, stationary engines and plenty of classic cars. The previous day had been a washout with heavy rain, so with fine weather, people were making up for lost time and the showground was packed with folk.

KLCC members attending included Graham F, Willy, Craig and Charley, with Dave and Terry attending without their cars. A member of the public voted Craig’s Capri as Best Car on the day.

KLCC line-up

We took some pictures of interesting exhibits and had a good time looking at everything on display, leaving shortly after 4pm to run Theo home. Don’t know what happened to his friend “The Stig”.

All in all we enjoyed a good day out.

Woodfordes brewery dray in all its splendour

Petrol cans from yesteryear

Fox & Hounds Classic Car Show, 26th April – by Charley

Contrary to the weather forecast, the mornings clouds didn’t produce any rain and then as predicted, they cleared away during the afternoon to produce a fine sunny day; great news for the show.

A busy car park at the Fox & Hounds

By mid-afternoon the car park was packed with cars and people. There was even an overspill into the parking area of Graham’s garage across the road.

Members who made it with their Capris were Graham, Ivan, Craig, Willy and Charley. Dave turned up as a visitor later. Graham’s dad, Alan, had his newly restored and concourse Zephyr 6 on show which attracted a lot of visitor attention. The car is exactly as it was when driven out of the showroom some 60 years ago. The history of the car has been painstakingly researched and every detail lovingly re-created, even down to the Esso Antifreeze badge on the top radiator hose. Necessary parts have been sourced from as far away as Australia.

Alan Bolt’s immaculate Zephyr 6

Something to eat your dinner off in the event of a plate shortage!

The band arrived later in the day but set up and played inside the pub – well at least they produced a noise!

Some of the ANVC MG boys drove past but unfortunately didn’t stop.

With 31 cars on display, the winner of the 2015 trophy for Best Car at the Show was the owner of a Triumph 2000 roadster with a Fergusson tractor engine under the bonnet.

At 16:30 people started drifting away and some of the exhibitors started leaving shortly after. With all of a ¾ mile journey home, I was in the house by 17:15.

Old Buckenham Wings & Wheels, 19th April – by Craig

We were a little ‘light’ as a club at this event with just two attendees; Graham Fletcher in his 2.8i and me opting to take my Top Gear Ford Puma, leaving the Capri at home – sorry!

Graham Fletcher’s 2.8i

Craig Williamson’s Top Gear Ford Puma

There were approximately 30 cars present with about a dozen WW2 Army, RAF and USAF vehicles on display from the Norfolk Military Vehicle Group.

Several WW2 planes flew in along with a stunt pilot in a more modern looking aircraft, but unfortunately having little aircraft knowledge I am unable to confirm what they were!

The stars of the show, apart from our own cars, were two original 1960’s Ford GT40’s.

Ford GT40’s – yes please!

One plane of interest was the Piper L-4 “Grasshopper” Observation Aircraft which was basically the all-familiar Piper J3 Cub with more overhead windows allowing the pilot to check for traffic directly over the aircraft with minimal effort. It was used in the European and Pacific theatres of WW2 doing any job it was assigned. In a few cases, these planes were actually credited with destroying enemy fighters.

Piper L-4 “Grasshopper” Observation Aircraft

Lancaster Day at East Kirkby, 18th April – by Charley

For weeks in advance Theo had been pestering the life out of me to know when the show was on. He had something planned and was counting “sleeps” until the big day.

The big day dawned and the weather was fine and sunny. With little traffic on the road and the old Essex purring away we had a good run to the Sutterton meet up point; it was time for Theo to deploy his idea…

Theo’s plan was to do an impersonation. He had a white boiler suit and white crash helmet with black visor that he put on before we went into the Little Chef. It brought a smile to Craig’s face when he saw the ‘Mini-Stig’ and the restaurant staff applauded his efforts. The problem for Theo was that he was unable to speak for fear of disclosing his identity, so he had to order by hand signals!

KLCC line-up with the Mini-Stig

Four more club members arrived soon afterwards – Ivan, Neil, Simon and Willy. So with breakfasts dealt with we set off for the half-hour drive to the museum showground.

Driving in as a group, we were directed past lines of gleaming Capris to our allocated area. Once parked up, it was a couple of quick snaps of the group and then Theo wanted to show me around.

The location is excellent and there is plenty to do once there. It was amazing how Theo remembered things I had told him at least two years ago about the various exhibits and he told me how things worked and what they were used for.

We caught up with Francis who was wearing his air force uniform and he was interested in having a picture taken with the ‘Mini-Stig’.

Francis and Theo

Unfortunately our promised ‘club’ photo shoot was quite late in the day by which time Willy had already departed, leaving the five remaining cars to take their positions.

Apart from a keen easterly breeze the weather was perfect and we found an old friend Martin Pawson of Capri Gear taking an interest in our line-up together with others. He was probably looking for some bargains or stock!

Among the photo shoots that took place was an attempt to recreate an old Ford advert for the Capri. The recreation had a modern twist as the Lancaster had a gap in the port wing where the aileron should have been and there was a certain young man found lurking in the foreground!

Recreation of the original Ford advert – nearly!

Craig had a bit of luck with a raffle win, resulting in a tour of the Lancaster.

In total there were 68 Capris at the show, possibly a few down on last year, and 13 other marques, with cars travelling from as far away as Southampton, South Wales, Scotland, and even Northern Ireland. £840 was taken in entrance fees, £300 in donations to “Just Jane” and £461 to MacMillan cancer. Another amazing day with money collected for very worthwhile causes.

Craig and I, with my wing-man Theo, left together as we were both heading in the direction of King’s Lynn, managing to keep each other in sight most of the way.