Ilkeston - Classic Car Show
w/e 23 August 2015
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
The third Heritage and Classic Car Show in Ilkeston's
Market Place was held on Sunday 16th August and was very well
supported both by exhibitors and the public in general, many
of whom were armed with cameras or mobile phones. A search of
the internet will no doubt turn up lots of images and videos
showing views from the day so I've decided for this selection
to go for something a little different taking a closer look at
some of the vehicles and adding a few tongue in cheek captions.
I started the day by climbing up St Mary's Church tower in the
company of Peter, one of the Churchwardens, where we looked down
on the cars below. From here it looked as though we could just
lean over and pick them up like Dinky toys.
Back at ground level, some of the vehicles needed no introduction.
I once had a Rolls. It was a Rolls Cudardly model - rolled down
hills but could hardly get up them!
The last time the engine under the bonnet of my car looked as
clean as this was when it rolled off the production line. Someone
has spent a lot of time working to get this one in this condition
but did Ford really offer bright green as standard colour?
I heard a rumour that the show was limited to 250 vehicles and
in excess of that number arrived and had to be turned away. In
fact there were so many there that there was an overflow into
the Town Hall car park where this "tractor" (?) with
the giant wheels stood. With four such wheels on the vehicle
I dread to think how much each one costs.
There were also small wheels and vehicles on show like this push
bike with the Barton Transport logo which seats one. That's OK
for the driver but where do the passengers sit? A trailer perhaps?
A row of buses was parked near the Cenotaph, something that was
a common sight years ago before the area was pedestrianised and
this old Barton bus bound for Beeston brought back many memories
of when my Dad worked for the company.
Barton are now part of the Trent Barton organisation and their
Mango Man was on hand promoting the Mango Card, a swipe card
that can be used to pay fares. You wouldn't want many mangoes
this size for your five-a-day!
Another blast from the past could be seen on the stalls filled
with motoring memorabilia. This pair of waving Esso figures could
see you waving goodbye to £65.
Two other events in Ilkeston this year, the Carnival and the
Summer Sounds, had to be cancelled due to bad weather but the
Classic Car Show was blessed with fine weather all day. People
turned out in force to the event and I spotted this couple that
brought the following caption to mind. "If the ice cream
vendor doesn't turn up soon, we'll have to go or we'll miss the
And another couple sitting in their pre-war Austin Seven were
here for the long wait having brought magazines with them to
pass the time. Or maybe they were planning their route home once
all the traffic had cleared. Bet they will be here next time
though as many comments have been passed about how good a day