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 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.
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!