458 Classic vehicle owners from all over the Midlands filled Hinckley Town Centre on Sunday to show off their beautiful and carefully restored machines.
Organised by the Hinckley BID - this third annual Hinckley Classic Motor Show comprised cars, vans, bikes and scooters, a pre-war tractor and even Cadeby Home Guard turned up in a wartime military vehicle (one of several) – all of which were much appreciated by the huge crowds of families who came in to Hinckley to enjoy the day.
Although a very difficult decision, the independent judges finally award the prizes for the 'Best Turned Out' vehicles:
- First Prize went to a silver Jaguar XK140 Roadster (owned by Mr Len Granger)
- Second prize to a 1962 Hillman Husky (owned by Kate Willock)
- Third prize to a 1970 VW West Falia Camper (owned by Geoff Goddard)
- Best Scooter Winner went to a Vespa Sportique 150cc (owned by Peter & Karen Mowbray)
- Best Motorbike Winner went to a Motor Morini 3½ (owned by Graham Holt)
- Special Vehicle Winner went to a Model T Hotrod 1934 (owned by Chris Gibbard)
- Special Trophy Award went to a Peel Trident 65 Bubble Car (owned by Barrie Willis) all the way from County Cork, Ireland
One of the many compliments paid to the organisers was from an entrant from Coventry who e-mailed Hinckley BID and said: "I must write and tell you that today was great. We and enjoyed breakfast and lunch in a very busy Hinckley. Your organisation was superb, congratulations - classic cars as far as the eye could see. All different sizes and shapes - and a great turn out. Our first year at your show - we will be back!"
According to the electronic footfall radar, this event was attended by more people than any other event in Hinckley in the past few years. Shopkeepers and Cafe's/Restaurants reported excellent trading and the children enjoyed the events put on for them.
This annual event, like others put on by Hinckley BID including the increasingly popular Soap Box derby and Pancake Race, has again proved a winner - with families in their thousands coming in to the Town centre.
Jonathan White, Business Development Manager of Hinckley BID commented, "It was very satisfying to see our the Town Centre so busy and the event so well supported by our community. I would like to thank everyone - the exhibitors, the public and all our helpers for making this event so successful.
"Hinckley BID is coming to the end of it's first 5year term and hopefully the businesses who pay for such events via the BID will vote in favour of a further 5 year term so that we can keep events like this Classic Motorshow going and showcase our Town centre."