Monday, 25 June 2018

Cars shine in the sun at show

SCORES of owners attended a classic car and motorcyle breakfast meeting at the Flowing Spring pub in Playhatch

SCORES of owners attended a classic car and motorcyle breakfast meeting at the Flowing Spring pub in Playhatch.

The 60 or so vehicles at the event, which was held for the first time on Sunday, included several models by Jaguar, Lotus, Ford and Harley-Davidson from the Thirties and at least one BMW, a Rover, an MG, a Mercedes-Benz and a rare Sunbeam Tiger V8 from the Sixties.

The owners walked around discussing each others’ vehicles and taking photographs.


John Woodhouse, 68, from Sonning, attended with his 1966 Lotus Elan coupé, which he has owned since 1971. He kept it in storage for many years but then refurbished it about six years ago and has since toured France in it.

Mr Woodhouse said: “This meeting is brilliant. I suspect the venue will ultimately be too small for everyone who wants to turn up but it’s very handy having something like this on my doorstep and being able to chat with other owners.”


Mike Dockree, of Wood Lane, Sonning Common, brought his 1959 Ford Fairlane, a so-called “skyliner” model with a retractable hard-top. He has owned the car for more than 10 years.

Mr Dockree, 52, who also owns three Fifties Cadillacs and a 1958 Fairlane, said: “I love them. I think they sum up both the glamour and excess of the Fifties with all that chrome bodywork. This is great for a first event and I hope it will carry on. It’s a chance to get out of the house and meet other people to talk rubbish about cars with!”

Nick Willson, who runs the pub with his wife Hazel Lucas, came up with the meeting idea after a regular who collects classic cars said the pub would be an ideal venue.

He plans to hold it on the second Sunday of every month in the warmer months. He said: “It was worth doing. It was lovely and sunny and we had a good attendance.”




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