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Classic Vehicles Show Report 2022

Cars and Motorcycles at the Show 2022

This year, the 77th year of the Frenchay Flower Show was one of those very special years blessed with the most perfect weather which along with the stunning location on the historic Frenchay Common, set the scene for what turned out to be a perfect English village show. All concerns about low attendance following disruption wrought by covid-19 restrictions were soon put to rest as bumper crowds queued in the sunshine to make their way in to the show ground.

For the first time the Car and Motorcycle Show previously hosted at Frenchay Village Museum moved to its new location adjacent to the Flower Show Ground with the Frenchay Flower Show Committee taking responsibility for organising the event. Being a little slow out of the blocks to confirm the car and motorcycle show, there were concerns that word might not get around in time leaving us short of vehicles for display. As it turned out we needn’t have worried with around 40 cars and over 20 motorcycles of all varieties turning up on the day.

There was huge interest in the vehicles displayed with owners very happy to speak with anyone who showed interest about the history of their vehicle, tales of barn finds, restorations and adventures they and their vehicles have shared. With picnicking and catching up with friends old and new this made for a very friendly and sociable event.

With each vehicle being so very special in its own right some highlights were the beautiful 1957 Mercedes 190SL, parked alongside an equally beautiful 1958 MGA, and for sheer class there was the 1947 Bentley Mk6 Special keeping company with a 1930’s Riley Special and 1949 Daimler DB18. A simply stunning primrose yellow 1966 Corvette Stingray along with a purple over green custom 1960 Humber Hawk fitted with an air ride suspension system added a pop of colour to the event. Within the varied selection of motorcycles Harley Davidson, Triumph, Royal Enfield, Norton, Honda, Suzuki, MV Agusta were to be found and for some Italian romance to match the sunshine, Lambretta.

With organising the Car and Motorcycle Show moving to new hands and a new location this year, I must take this opportunity to thank all who have previously given so freely of their time and enthusiasm to establish this ever-popular event.

Started in 2003 as a one-off display of military vehicles to celebrate the accreditation of the Frenchay Village Museum it was Alan Freak along with Richard Fox, Martin Shephard, Martin Palmer, Syd Marks, Neil Tuckett, Bob Ford and members of the Fry family along with many others who ensured that the show took place each year up until the final show at Frenchay Village Museum in 2019. It’s been an honour to take over the reins and continue a Show which is so very much enjoyed by all who exhibit and attend. So, a very big thank you to Alan and friends and with one show under my belt I’m very much looking forward to the next Car and Motorcycle Show in 2023.

We would love to see you and your vehicle at next year’s show so if we don’t already have your details, please email your name to vehiclesattheshow@frenchayflowershow.com and we will be sure to email you details of next year’s show as soon as they are known.

Andy Maxwell

Frenchay Flower Show Classic Car and Motorcycle Show Co-ordinator