Compact classics built in Biggleswade join display of historic cars at Old Warden

Old Warden classic car show
Old Warden classic car show

One of the earliest classic car shows in the calendar takes place at Old Warden Aerodrome and registration for entrants is now open.

The show, which normally coincides with Easter, will be held a week later this year on Sunday, April 3 and anyone wanting to display their car must register by March 7.

The Berkeley Enthusiasts Club at Old Warden classic car show

The Berkeley Enthusiasts Club at Old Warden classic car show

Now in its fifth year the popular Gemini Events show hosts hundreds of classics and masses of autojumble stalls on the grounds surrounding the home of the Shuttleworth Collection.

Show entrants will be able to obtain discounted admission to the collection on the day.

A significant local connection with the motor industry will be in evidence as the Berkeley Enthusiasts Club will be attending with several models built in the factory in Biggleswade between 1956 and 1960.

Berkeley was originally a caravan manufacturer but Lawrie Bond teamed up with the owner, Charles Panter, to produce a range of compact, small-engined, three and four wheeler cars that were remarkably sporty - even Stirling Moss raced one.

The show will have an arena with commentary by Nick Salmon, a former chairman of the Letchworth Classic and Vintage Car Club. Nick will be interviewing owners about their cars and giving visitors insights into what it is like to own and run a classic.

Old Warden Model Aero Club will be putting on two flying displays during the day, weather permitting, and judges will be searching out prize winners for the Daily Driver and Pride of Ownership awards.

Booking for entering your classic car closes on Monday, March 7. All pre-booked owners will receive a commemorative classic style tax disc and be entered into a free prize draw to win a place on this year’s London to Brighton Classic Car Run, held on Sunday, June 5.

Admission on the day is £8 for adults, £4 for children aged 4-16 years, family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £24. Gates open at 10am.

For further information about the Old Warden show and other classic events organised by Gemini Events, visit www.classicmotorevents.co.uk or call 01527 831726.