Classics in the Park is a new event, hopefully to be held annually, in the beautiful setting of Miller Park in Preston. Organised by the City Parish of Preston in association with The Friends of Avenham & Miller Parks, Preston, the event attracted in excess of sixty vehicles, ranging from a lovely 1931 Renault Mono Six to a 1948 Allard K1 with cars dating from 1927 to 1990.
Miller Park itself is Grade II* listed and offers a stunning backdrop for the wide range of classic and vintage cars in attendance – situated on the banks of the River Ribble and boasting an impressive fountain as a centrepiece. Although recently having extensive renovation, the park closely resembles its original design, which dates back to the 1860s.
This event is free to exhibit and free to attend – exhibitors were also treated to a wonderful spread, which was very much appreciated (especially the home made quiches!). Perhaps it was the smaller scale of this show that made it feel so friendly and relaxed or maybe it was the organisers, who made everyone feel welcome – whichever, it was nice to find everyone was happy to chat and show off their cars.
Trophies were awarded for the best pre 1965 vehicle, best post 1965 vehicle, runner up and car of the show (which went to the gorgeous Allard), judged and presented by Fr Timothy Lipscomb“ who happens to be one of the biggest petrolheads I have ever met.
I think this event, if held annually, will go from strength to strength. We look forward to our next visit to Miller Park.