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Report from the Tatton Park Show



Runners up in an 84 Club Contest!



George Curley's prizewinning Postwar 12 Drophead Coupé


The Manchester and North West Group had a very successful weekend at the prestigious Tatton Park Classic Car Show on the 30th and 31st May, 2009.


The Group Stand took second place out of eighty-four Club Stands exhibiting at the show and we received compliments from Stuart Holmes the Show Organiser for all the effort that had been put into organising the Stand. The theme for our Stand was "Back to the Forties" and quite a number of our members attended in 1940’s military uniforms and civilian attire. A display of 1940’s memorabilia was presented by Bryan Jones from his memorabilia collection and the whole Stand with all the magnificent vehicles that were on display created much interest from the general 

Twenty eight classic cars were on show each day out of which there were nine Standards, nine Triumphs and the remainder in our Open Class category. George Curlew was presented with a plaque from the Tatton Organisers for the Best Standard Car in the show with his magnificent post WW2 Flying 12 Drop head. The Manchester Group also presented plaques on each day. On Saturday George Curley won the award for the Best Car on the Stand with his Flying 12 Drop Head and Alex Robertson won the award for the Best Standard or Triumph on the stand with his Triumph Roadster. On the Sunday George Curlew again won the award for the Best Car on the Stand and Trevor Walker won the award for the Best Standard or Triumph with his lovely 1950’s apple green Standard Super Ten Saloon.

The Group Organiser and members were delighted to welcome three Standard enthusiasts from Malta who had travelled to Manchester especially to see the Group Stand at the Tatton Show – match that for enthusiasm !. Reg Cooper travelled all the way from Newton Abbot in Devon in his lovely Standard Vanguard 1A 1952 to be with us, again wonderful dedication. It was nice also to have the company of Mike Wilks over the weekend, Mike is a regular supporter of the Manchester Group and his attendance and contribution and hard work is much appreciated by all our members. We also much appreciate the loan of a gazebo from our Parent Club – thank you. Altogether we had a wonderful weekend with a major contribution from the weather, a glorious two days. Free light refreshments were provided by our Catering Manager, Morwena Jones and Jean Shuttleworth our Group Secretary organised the voting for the awards. Graham Hart, our Show Manager, together with Assistant Show Manager Alex Robertson did a wonderful job in presenting the Stand with a truly magnificent presentation of the cars on both days. Their hard work and enthusiasm is much appreciated by the Group – thanks to everyone for promoting the Standard marque in the North West.

Above: George Curley, centre, being presented with the trophy for the best Standard in Show, shown at the top of this article

Tatton Organiser Stuart Holes, centre,  presenting the second place award.

Report by Bryan Jones,

Photos by the Manchester & North West Group

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