This has to be one of our favourite shows of the year. We have been attending the Tatton Park car shows for over 20 years, either as just a visitor, or as in the last few years, as an exhibitor. The show, held over two days features in excess of 2,000 vehicles, 90 club stands and a large private exhibitors’ section as well as one of the best auto jumbles we have ever seen. All this set within the beautiful parkland of Tatton Park. We arrived at around 10.00am on the Friday with the motorhome and the Trans Am, to try to find a good camping pitch and even though we arrived just after the official opening time for exhibitors, we had been beaten to the best spots! Nevertheless we found a suitable pitch for the motorhome and began to set up camp. We were to be joined by other members of the GCCG, who gradually arrived one by one until the pitch looked like a village! We had to return home to pick up the AMC Pacer (Not simple logistics, having two drivers and three vehicles). When we returned, we set about feeding the five thousand with lasagne and oven chips (quite a feat with only the ovens of two motorhomes and a caravan) and copious amounts of alcohol were consumed. This has got to be one of the best things about two day events, the social aspect of the evenings before and during the show. Saturday morning saw us up bright and early to arrange the cars on the allocated stand. Unfortunately, there was a ditch in part of the stand which would mean there was an area we could not use to display a car, that was until someone came up with the idea of putting the Range Rover in it and making a feature by raising one of the rear wheels and disguising the ramps with fallen branches and leaves! The stand was occupied by an eclectic mix of cars including a Riley Kestrel, a Bristol, Tim’s Rolls Royce Wraith and a beautifully restored Messerschmitt Kabinenroller. Not to forget the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and the AMC Pacer! The Saturday was warm and dry, if a little overcast, and people attended in droves. I spent most of the day trawling the autojumble collecting 8-track cartridges for the Pacer. Late afternoon we reconvened at camp and enjoyed a relaxing barbecue and yet more alcohol. We all seemed to appear at the same time on Sunday morning, having left the cars on the stand overnight, there was little to do except to clean the cars ready for the public. Finally I had time to look around some of the other stands and the private exhibits. One stand in particular, the Rochdale Vintage and Collectors Car Club, stood out with its Disney Pixar Cars themed display. Sunday was even busier than Saturday and I’m sure the glorious weather helped draw people to the show. All too soon it was time to pack up and break camp – although we wisely decided to postpone leaving until the public and the majority of exhibitors had left. If you have never attended this show, then it is a must for your diary next year.
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