I wanted to share with you the great result of a fantastic show we put together this weekend.
We beleive that around 1000 cars were on show for the public to see including more in the outside classic car park, 30 awawrds were up for grabs and about 65 car clubs were there for the public to admire.
This is the 2nd largest classic car show in our country.
Our stand attracted a lot of attention and it was fantasic for us all to chat to so many people and get the Saab word out there. It was a name that so many people still admire. Smiles all weekend.
Then the smiles got bigger when, on Sunday afternoon, we discovered our stand has receieved to rosettes.
One was for “Highly Commended” and the other “Runner Up in the Saloon class”.
In Dave Dalimore’s words…..
I have been organising stands at the Bristol Classic Car Show for well over twenty years but have never, in all that time, had such an amazing weekend.
All the time and effort put in to getting the stand together by everyone who displayed, got its just rewards. So I would like to thank you all for making it a truly special weekend.
In no particular order:
David, for washing down his 96 Bullnose, parking it and winning – see below.
Clayton with his lovely green 96 for his continued willingness over the weekend to be there to answer questions and offer advice – you are a star.
Howard with his very orange Sonnet which probably attracted more attention than any other car on the stand.
Mike for bringing along his sons left hand drive blue 96 which ran the Sonnet a close second for colour.
Alan and his debadged 99T ‘Little Red Devil’, only just completed in time for the show.
Alex for taking time out from organising his wife birthday party, and his lovely base model 900 which people were amazed to find out is totally original.
Martin with his great 2 door T16S, who despite being unwell travelled everyday from his home in Cardiff.
Chris and his delightful 900 convertible for his unbounding enthusiasm.
Tony with his Dads low mileage 9000.
A very special thanks must go to Anne and Rose, assisted by Julie for keeping everyone watered and fed throughout the weekend. Without their assistance I for one would have stalled. A special mention must also go to another Chris for taxiing duties from Cardiff to the show over the weekend (he is now a SAAB convert) and to Chris (Zaphod) for helping man the stand on Saturday. Not forgetting of course Robin Morley for his continued help and assistance.
Finally I must include Lance Cole who was on the stand signing copies of his definitive book on SAABs ‘SAAB Cars. The Complete History’ , which is a must for any SAAB enthusiast. Last but not least Martin of JamSAAB who whilst only a visitor, upon chatting with Martin Lyons about a running issue he had for over two years which many had been unable to cure on his T16S, dropped everything and with a few tools found and cured it in 10 minutes.
Sunday was quite a day. Classic Car Weekly selected the stand in their report on the show (see next weeks issue), Practical Classics are to do a feature on Chris Redmonds T16S, Classics Monthly want to do a feature another SAAB. David, owner of that blue 2 stroke won second prize for best saloon and the 99T won Highly Commended in the general section, with the stand and more importantly SAAB getting a special mention at the presentations by Danny Hopkins of Practical Classics.
Dave receiving his prize
The whole team.
Next years date will be 14-15th June 2014 if you want to add it to your diary.
I have put a whiole lot of pictures on my flickr site for you to see.