Brian Culcheth, a very famous rally driver of the 60’s and 70’s asked me to take Puff to the Classic Car Show at Sherborne Castle over this weekend. The show is run for various local charities as well as Cancer Research and last year raised in excess of £53,000.
During the Golden Years of Rallying, 1960-1980, Brian drove everything from a Frogeye Sprite to Minis, Triumph 1300 4WD, Triumph 2.5PI all the way to the first generation TR7 rally cars. He came second on the most famous rally of all time, the 1970 World Cup Rally driving a Triumph 2.5P1….an amazing achievement. The replica car was brought to the show by Dave Bullen.
This year’s Marque Feature was Mercedes-Benz, and a comprehensive display of historic and classic cars were on show. There were Sports, Supercars, Vintage and Veteran, American, Hot Rods, Custom, Rally and Race cars + Car Clubs. Supercar displays & tour arrivals on each day as well as a drive by for the rally cars and a chat with the evergreen Graham Robson.
Lancaster Insurance Classic& Supercars show, now in its 14th year, is one of the premier classic and supercar shows in the South of England. For the first time the show will be a two-day event, with over 2,000 cars exhibited from chain driven-veterans to the latest supercars. There was live Jazz and performances from the 1930s girl group Hotsie Totsies throughout the weekend, and more than 10, 000 people visited the show over the 2 days.
Great atmosphere with like minded folk, and a fun team to be with. Graham Patten and Pauline came on Sunday in their immaculate Datsun 240Z: Bob Ingham was there with his gorgeous RS2000 together with a wonderful Lancia Stratos Group B rally car that had performed so well at the Festival of Speed only some 2 weeks’ earlier.
And of course, Puff behaved beautifully all weekend, starting on the button for each drive round.