Classic car show revs up the crowds at Knebworth House

PUBLISHED: 14:30 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:52 30 August 2017

Mr Gary Neale from Dunstable with his 1956 Ford Thunderbird, celebrated his birthday and being awarded best in show. Image: Gemini Events

Mr Gary Neale from Dunstable with his 1956 Ford Thunderbird, celebrated his birthday and being awarded best in show. Image: Gemini Events

Gemini Events

Knebworth House got into gear this bank holiday weekend for the 27th Classic Motor Show.

This 1947 American Ford Panel van was used in a travelling circus in the US. Image: Gemini Events This 1947 American Ford Panel van was used in a travelling circus in the US. Image: Gemini Events

On Sunday and Monday over 10,000 motor enthusiasts had the chance to discover more than 1,500 cars old and new on the hottest August bank holiday weekend on record.

From a 1947 Ford Panel to a 1950s red Cadillac and a wealth of events in the show arena, there was plenty for visitors to see as they cooled off with ice creams and cold drinks.

Organiser Stephen Smith from Gemini Events said: “It was my most enjoyable show ever since we began running it in 2011.

A V8 Corvette and an Austin Metro battle it out for noisiest engine in the A V8 Corvette and an Austin Metro battle it out for noisiest engine in the "Decibel Duel". Image: Gemini Events

“It brought a new generation to enjoy the cars. When people think of a classic car show, they think of old blokes in flat caps, but we’re passionate about the next generation. It was great to see so many families enjoying the show.”

One highlight was the famous “Decibel Duel”, a contest for the loudest engine in the show, decided by whichever engine gets the biggest cheer. The crowd roared this year for an American V8 Corvette, which only just beat a little Austin Metro fitted with a Mini Cooper engine.

On Monday, judges awarded numerous prizes in the concours, including Best in Show – awarded to Gary Neale for his 1956 Ford Thunderbird.

The Granada Nutz, winners of Best Club Stand, celebrate 40 years of the Ford Granada Mk 2. Image: Gemini Events The Granada Nutz, winners of Best Club Stand, celebrate 40 years of the Ford Granada Mk 2. Image: Gemini Events

Best Club Stand went to the “Granada Nutz”, who brought a party atmosphere as they celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Ford Granada Mk 2.

In association with the Classic Car Show, Archant’s Hertfordshire Motor Show was present for the second year running, with exhibitors Glyn Hopkins with Renault, Tesla with Lexus and Toyota brands, Marshalls Vauxhall and Master Cars Hitchin.

Event manager Sarah Scott-Foster said: “This event is a great opportunity for our local dealers to come and show their products to a captivated audience.

Clive Moss from Welwyn Garden City with his hand built Manta. Picture: Melissa Page. Clive Moss from Welwyn Garden City with his hand built Manta. Picture: Melissa Page.

“We have had a great response to our classic car photo competition.”

The competition, on display at the Archant marquee, invited people to send in their best pictures of classic cars. Simon Franks won a bottle of bubbly for his photo of a Chevrolet.

Martha Lytton Cobbold, managing director of Knebworth House, told the Comet that this was the stately home’s busiest show this season.

A Jaguar on display with Master Cars of Hitchin at the Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page. A Jaguar on display with Master Cars of Hitchin at the Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page.

“It’s just lovely to see so many people enjoying the countryside in Knebworth,” she said. ”There were wonderful classic cars in a heritage site, which goes well together.”

A futuristic-looking Tesla on display at the Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page. A futuristic-looking Tesla on display at the Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page.

Picture: Melissa Page. Picture: Melissa Page.

Picture: Melissa Page. Picture: Melissa Page.

Picture: Melissa Page. Picture: Melissa Page.

Picture: Melissa Page. Picture: Melissa Page.

Picture: Melissa Page. Picture: Melissa Page.

Picture: Melissa Page. Picture: Melissa Page.

Picture: Melissa Page. Picture: Melissa Page.

Renault on display at the Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page. Renault on display at the Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page.

The Lexus display at the Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page. The Lexus display at the Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page.

The Toyota display. Picture: Melissa Page. The Toyota display. Picture: Melissa Page.

Vauxhall on display at the Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page. Vauxhall on display at the Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page.

The Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page. The Hertfordshire Motor Show. Picture: Melissa Page.

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