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Lydiard Park Auto and Retro Festival – 25th July 2015

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Lydiard Park Auto and Retro Festival – 25th July 2015

This was the second year Swindon Borough Council has run this event at Lydiard House.  Following the success of last year’s car display this year’s event was much larger with more car clubs attending, trade stands, music and a very good beer tent.

Despite some confusions on the part of the organisers on our arrival and them not realising the Riley was part of the mini family and sending me one way and Dawn and Len in their minis another, things were soon sorted and the gazebo and the club display boards were set up, the boards attracted a lot of interest during the day from visitors to the show.

Hopefully this show will continue to grow and develop over the coming years and we can have more cars on the club stand next year.  Although the Council are currently reviewing the future running of the park so we will have to await further news and developments.


Atwell Wilson Motor Museum Classic Vehicle Show – Calne – 12th July 2015

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The Atwell Wilson Motor Museum is situated in the heart of Wiltshire. The majority of the exhibits are cars from the 1920’s onwards. There is a collection of motorcycles, mopeds and push bikes as well as interesting motoring memorabilia and a reconstructed 1930’s style garage complete with cars.

Nick, Dawn, and myself turned up first thing and put up the 'Show Gazebo and Stand' ready for the busy day ahead. The forecast was for rain so we came prepared.

Richard and Seb Bolwell arrived with their young son Ruben during the morning, together with a visit from a member I haven't seen for a long time, Chris Cole. He remembered everyone but me until I said who I was. Have I changed that much? It was lovely to see them all.

There was a real array of cars, tractors and even the Wiltshire Air Ambulance were there, raising money for their very worthy cause. The Calne Silver Band were also in attendance giving a real 'village fete' feeling to the day.

This year's theme was a celebration of Mk1 and Mk2 Jaguars. There were over 200 classics on display. Prizes on the day were awarded to: 

Best Theme Vehicle - Mr Don Westcott, 1956 Jaguar XK 140.

Best Car in Show - Mr Tony Green 1953 Aston DB 2/4 DHC.

Best Motor Cycle - Mr Jon Goodchild, 1924 Douglas 2 3/4 hp.

Atwell Wilson Memorial Trophy for Best Restoration - Mr Terry Connor BLMC 1100.

Best Commercial - Mr Michael Goddard, 1936 Leyland Beaver.

Best Tractor - Mr Graham Knight, Oliver 80 Standard.

The museum itself  has a variety of contents, from a number of everyday classics, to rare cars and lorries. Amongst these are a 1934 Alvis Speed 20, 1938 Daimler EL24, 1936 Rover 14hp Sports/Saloon and a 1951 Dennis Fire Engine. Richard Atwell who founded the museum with his wife Hazel, had always had a strong interest in North American cars, so there was an interesting array of Ford, GM, and Chrysler products from across 'The Pond'.

There is also a good variety of rare motorcycles on display, carrying the legendary names of Brough, BSA, Clyno, Matchless, Triumph, Norton, Velocette and Indian, to name but a few.

The rain came in towards the end of the day but it was thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to attending next year.

Richard Clark.

Purton Carnival and Fete – 4th July 2015

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Purton Carnival and Fete – 4th July 2015

A group of us met in the car park of The Prince of Wales pub in Wootton Basset and set off in convoy to this Purton event. It wasn't too hard to find and I spotted a farm shop next to it.

We pitched up the gazebo and the weather was quite good. I walked to the village where everyone was lining the streets waiting for the carnival procession to come by. There were a couple of floats and groups of school children in various forms of fancy dress.

There was a central ring with various acts - dancing, dog shows, etc. There was also a very impressive music school for young people playing a variety of guitars and drums - in some cases the instrument was larger than the musician!

There was an interesting collection of vehicles and I think we had the most vehicles in a club and certainly the largest collection of minis!

The weather was good enough to get the shorts on and sun-tan lotion out.