Royal Wootton Bassett is crowded for classic car spectacle
MOTOR-lovers from across the county descended on Royal Wootton Basset this weekend to view a selection of vintage cars.
Around a dozen classic vehicles were on display for crowds to marvel at on Saturday in High Street, for the first car show to be hosted by Bassett’s Classics.
There was a range of models being shown including a 1964 black Rover 60, a black Ford Y and a white MGBGT from the 1970s.
In previous years the event, which saw scores of people attend, has been run by the town’s Chamber of Commerce.
Organiser David Pope said Bassett Classics was pleased to be running the day this year after the Chamber of Commerce stepped down from the role.
“It’s a bit of nostalgia for people,” said Mr Pope. “Lots of people would have had similar cars in the past in their families.”
He said as well as running this event his club also plans drives, when its members can go out in convoy to a local pub.
Burt Huntley, of Rodbourne, brought his 75-year-old Ford Y to the event which is the same age as he is although he has only had it for 57 years.
“It takes quite a bit of work to keep it going,” he said. “I go to quite a few events like this. Everybody seems pretty interested in the car.”
He said he bought the vehicle for £80 in 1956 and says the car would now be worth £4,000.
Bill Baines, 73, of Wootton Bassett, took his Rover 60 to the show. He bought the car five years ago as a retirement present to himself for £3,250. He thinks since then the vehicle has doubled in value with a new price tag of around £8,000.
“I wanted a bit of comfort in my old age,” he said. “It attracts a lot of attention. People always like to see this model.”
Robert Hinton, 68, of Wootton Bassett, was a spectator at the show. He said: “It’s marvellous to see all these old vehicles. It takes a big effort to keep them in such a good state. “They are beautiful cars. The engines and their body shapes are all so diverse. Modern cars tend to all look the same.”
Mike Edwards, 67, of Wootton Basset said:“I’m pretty vintage myself so it’s good to look around. I remember them first time round.”
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