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Stars and Stripes Classic American Car Show at Tatton Park 2014

We had attended this show as a visitor some years ago and have to say, we were put off by all the wannabe Cowboys, Line Dancing and Country music. In light of that we had no intentions on attending this year, until we bumped into the organiser, at another car show a couple of weeks ago, and he asked us to take along the AMC Pacer. We didn’t really have anything on that weekend so we decided to give it another try. Friday night we suffered torrential downpours – all night. Come Saturday morning the sky was heavy and dull and we were in two minds as to even bother to set off. Anticipating a chilly wet day we packed the Pacer’s pathetically small boot with our coats, folding chairs and a fishing shelter – even flasks of tea and coffee! On entering the grounds at Tatton Park, I was dismayed to see the deep puddles and sodden ground, however, once we got onto the rally field our worries diminished. Within half an hour the sun was out and we were to enjoy a beautiful warm summer’s day. My heart sank when I saw the live entertainment stage – Images of Country music singers from Accrington straining in a fake accent to convey how their crops failed, their wives had left them and faithful Shep had succumbed to Distemper, Interspersed with rhinestone jumpsuit clad aging Elvis impersonators filled me with dread… So it was a pleasant surprise that the live bands steered clear of the stereotypical songs and were actually very good! Very very good! There were a few shootouts at the OK Corral but I’ll give them a pass. As usual at shows at Tatton Park there was an excellent autojumble, where I managed to pick up a rare Stylophone 350S, the grown up big brother of the annoying little electronic sound machine once advertised by a disgraced children’s TV personality (can you tell who I mean yet?). There was an abundance of food and beverage stalls and entertainment in the form of The Famous Wall of Death! As for cars – well, the advertising blurb didn’t lie when they said “The very best American Classic and Muscle Cars from all over the UK will descend on Tatton Park for this spectacular event”. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better collection of American cars and even a couple I met from Tuscon, Arizona appeared impressed. I was advised that the Sunday was expected to be even busier. There was a good collection of Ford Mustangs, which are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Corvettes, Camaros, Trans Ams etc. as well as custom pickup trucks, hot rods, rat rods, military vehicles, RVs and trucks. Not to mention some very classy rides from the likes of Cadillac and Buick. My favourite being a stunning Buick Eight. Once again our little AMC Pacer had more than her fair share of admirers, much to the amusement of some of the muscle car owners, and she even won her first plaque! I have to admit that my view of this show has done a full 180 and I’ll even consider booking in for the full weekend next year. But heaven help any line dancing Elvis impersonators I find…

We had attended this show as a visitor some years ago and have to say, we were put off by all the wannabe Cowboys, Line Dancing and Country music. In light of that we had no intentions on attending this year, until we bumped into the organiser, at another car show a couple of weeks ago, and he asked us to take along the AMC Pacer. We didn’t really have anything on that weekend so we decided to give it another try.

Friday night we suffered torrential downpours – all night. Come Saturday morning the sky was heavy and dull and we were in two minds as to even bother to set off. Anticipating a chilly wet day we packed the Pacer’s pathetically small boot with our coats, folding chairs and a fishing shelter – even flasks of tea and coffee!

On entering the grounds at Tatton Park, I was dismayed to see the deep puddles and sodden ground, however, once we got onto the rally field our worries diminished. Within half an hour the sun was out and we were to enjoy a beautiful warm summer’s day.

Stars and Stripes Classic American Car Show My heart sank when I saw the live entertainment stage – Images of Country music singers from Accrington straining in a fake accent to convey how their crops failed, their wives had left them and faithful Shep had succumbed to Distemper, Interspersed with rhinestone jumpsuit clad aging Elvis impersonators filled me with dread!

So it was a pleasant surprise that the live bands steered clear of the stereotypical songs and were actually very good! Very very good! There were a few shootouts at the OK Corral but I’ll give them a pass.

As usual at shows at Tatton Park there was an excellent autojumble, where I managed to pick up a rare Stylophone 350S, the grown up big brother of the annoying little electronic sound machine once advertised by a disgraced children’s TV personality (can you tell who I mean yet?).

There was an abundance of food and beverage stalls and entertainment in the form of The Famous Wall of Death!

Stars and Stripes Classic American Car Show As for cars – well, the advertising blurb didn’t lie when they said “The very best American Classic and Muscle Cars from all over the UK will descend on Tatton Park for this spectacular even”. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better collection of American cars and even a couple I met from Tuscon, Arizona appeared impressed. I was advised that the Sunday was expected to be even busier.

There was a good collection of Ford Mustangs, which are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Corvettes, Camaros, Trans Ams etc. as well as custom pickup trucks, hot rods, rat rods, military vehicles, RVs and trucks. Not to mention some very classy rides from the likes of Cadillac and Buick. My favourite being a stunning Buick Eight.

Stars and Stripes Classic American Car Show Once again our little AMC Pacer had more than her fair share of admirers, much to the amusement of some of the muscle car owners, and she even won her first plaque!

I have to admit that my view of this show has done a full 180 and I’ll even consider booking in for the full weekend next year. But heaven help any line dancing Elvis impersonators I find!

 

 

5 thoughts on “Stars and Stripes Classic American Car Show at Tatton Park 2014

  1. Alan

    Hi Jim and Tony

    Sorry I missed you both and your new car at the show as I went on the Sunday this year.
    Hope to see you both sometime soon.

    Alan.

    black and silver z28 Camaro. We met at Krispy Kreme and the exhibition centre at the Trafford centre.

    1. Samsmith214

      I remember meeting you at the Stars and Stripes car show I’m the person that owned the camaro and did all the work on it from Stockport

  2. .

    What puts me off is why is there always a line up of English trucks!!! I mean it’s an American show for goodness sake!!! They should not be allowed to attend as the title rightly says Stars and Stripes American vehicles etc

    1. Tony Aston Post author

      That is something you would have to take up with the organisers. I believe the trucks to which you are referring are the ones with the airbrushed artwork, which have American themes. I may be wrong.

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