Hurrah! The car show season is in full swing.
I attended two shows over the May Bank holiday, both very different occasions yet equally enjoyable; first up was the return of the Mopar Muscle Association (MMA) and then there was the Haslemere Classic Car Show the day after.
The MMA made a triumphant home coming to Brooklands with the popular Chryslers at Brooklands bash which threw up an eclectic array of Chrysler vehicles with other brands playing a supporting role. Attending were two of the rarest Pentastar models in the country; a one-of-twenty, 1970 convertible 440+6 Road Runner with a manual 4-speed gearbox. Finished in deep factory black with a Burnt Orange interior and black hood, the Air Grabber equipped beeper looked the business.
Yet my eyes focused on something extra special…
A gift from god sat there in all its glory; a one-of-one factory assembled Duall-Ghia built in Italy and sold in America. The 1962 model is one of twenty six assembled and is unique to the collection because it had a sunroof added and is a George Barris special.
The Chrysler 383ci V8 powered 2 door was designated the L.64. To find out more about this american car, visit the August Issue* of Classic American.
Brooklands was awash with Mopars and other American vehicles. Peter Webb debuted his new ride; a 1972 Plymouth Cuda 340ci-4speed. After rolling his Challenger Rallye at Christmas time, his choice of replacement could not have been better! This True Blue painted E –Body Cuda has a black interior, Rallye dash 2 spoke steering wheel and a Hurst shifter but no console, the fish rides on Factory road wheels – nice one Pete.
Later on in the day the famous Brooklands banking was opened up to the Chryslers. A real piece of British racing history saw a bunch of Mopes perched on the hallowed track.
To read more about Chryslers at Brooklands, please go to the August 2017* issue of Classic American magazine.
The following day saw me take a trip to the Haslemere Classic Car Show with son-in-law, David. This was a pre-entry event with over 600 cars crammed onto the Lion Green show field. I was not really prepared for this show as I had no idea who the other entrants were likely to be and would they accept a tatty 1973 Road Runner as a classic car? My fears were unfounded as I parked the mighty Beeper – there were many, many other American cars in attendance all mingling with the Brit and Euro classics. I am always amazed at the quality and diversity of cars on show, this bash saw some mighty Detroit iron.
First up I spied a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS running a built 350ci V8 and backed up with a Muncie 4-speed plus it was a convertible! The car belongs to Steve Hayward from Brighton, Sussex. Next up a 1976 Lincoln Continental grabbed my attention, finished in Dove Grey with a matching sofa seat Versailles Cloth interior this car oozed class. This particular Linc was a special edition “Cartier” model with red pin striping as well as packing a punch with the big block 460ci V8.
A couple of stunning early Corvettes and a 1972 ragtop gave way to a bunch of Mustangs including a Shelby and various convertibles, another Camaro, this time a radical 1971, completed the American contingent of muscle cars. The rain inevitably came down in Biblical proportions around 3pm and we all headed off rain soaked and sodden, however a really good day out was had by all. No one played the Village Green Preservation Society so I guess we did our job!
The american car valuation service has been busy over the last couple of weeks – I’ve even valued a car in the City of London!
I was contacted through TOVA-UK to value the car, a 1967 Dodge Dart GT two door post. The little A-body was imported from sunny California by the owner. It started life as a six cylinder, although now has a hot 360ci V8 sitting between the frame rails. This car is the most rust free 1967 A-body example I have ever seen!!!!! Underneath the car is as clean as the bodywork – it is stunning! OK, the paint is a bit faded, the interior needs a little help but the vibe this car gives off is awesome. They just don’t build stuff like this anymore.
Here is a date for your diaries:
28-30 July 2017 is the MOPAREURONATS which is being held at Santa Pod Raceway. This RWYB event is for American Muscle Cars, only, featuring Drag Racing, Show & Shine, Burnout Competition, Cruise, Live Music, Traders and Camping.
To learn the value of your american muscle car, you can find me at the show over the weekend. Alternatively, complete the booking form to arrange your car valuation on another date.
Keep driving them old cars!
* August issue will be available later on in July