Classic Car & Bike Show success at Pelham Hall


2018 Show finally shines

Nick Marsh writes
The dawn on Sunday greeted us with drizzle. A cool indifference in its grey hello.

All across Monmouthshire and into Herefordshire classic owners opened their windows and debated whether to risk their precious car or motorbike at the hands of the weather gods.

However, in Penallt a small army gathered, undeterred and determined to deliver a show that would hopefully match that of 2016 if not surpass it.

It is this group of the faithful who deserve grateful thanks for without them we would not have been able to stage the show.

Too many to mention, you know who you are; Thank you very much, your help and support is very much appreciated.

As we toiled to cut sandwiches, erect gazebos, rope off the car park and put up signs the weather gods decided to stretch out a sunny hand and sweep the clouds way. In the distance we heard the bark of a V8 engine followed by the waspish whine of a high revving two stroke and so they came…

We saw TRs and TVRs, Jaguars and Jeeps, Mercedes and Moto Guzzis, Porsches and Pontiacs, Cortinas and Campers, until they numbered more than one hundred. Two antique tractors dropped in and about a dozen motorbikes ranging from one cylinder to 6 cylinders and others in between.

Our exhibitors also deserve a vote of thanks for taking a chance on what turned into a beautiful afternoon as without their wonderful classics we would have nothing to show to the public. Four of them went home clutching rosettes and bottles of bubbly as our judges decided on best in show and the public chose which car and bike they would like to take home.

The public supported us once again as did the ice cream and fish and chip concessions and while we had fewer exhibitors this year, due in part to the morning drizzle, early reports would suggest that the show was as successful as that of 2016.

So thank you one and all!

The Monmouthshire Beacon added that 

"Awards were given to cars and bikes, with a public vote and a judge’s vote.

The public’s favourite was a 1955 Riley RME, while the judge chose a 1974 two-litre Ford Capri. Motorbike winner by public vote was a 1955 BSA, while the judge chose a Moto Guzzi.

Final figures are still being counted, but it is thought the total amount raised for the village hall (Ed: and cricket club) was around £2,000."