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Report from the Bristol and West Classic Car Show
The Display of the Standard Motor Club
Some of the team maning the Standard stand: ( l to r) Brian Murrish, Steve Smeltzer, Darrell Cunningham, Dennis nand Shelia Brown, Chris Bowden, Bob Richardson, Lynda Homer and Richard Bradley.
We set up the club stand in our usual spot in the draughty cowshed on Friday afternoon using the Standard history display boards kindly loaned by Steve Lovegrove.
On display we had Darrell Cunningham's 1939 Flying Eight Tourer, Len Barr's 1935 Ten Saloon and Richard Bradley's 1955 Ten Saloon. Both days were very busy with a steady stream of visitors and the cars attracted much attention.
Our grateful thanks go to the afore mentioned car owners, all of whom travelled from out of the area, and made considerable effort to be there, and the large number of members manning the stand including Brian Murrish and Chris Bowden who travelled up from Devon on both days to stand in a cold draughty cowshed.
Several new members were signed up, with other prospective members collecting membership forms to hopefully return at a later date.
Now its back to the annual thought of "perhaps it will be warmer next year!"
Now come on Steve, the sheds were much warmer than last year, the animal smells were less and the place even had new coats of two-
Photos by Phil Homer, except as captioned
Would you buy a used Standard from this man? (photo: Richard Bradley)
It was nice to meet you and Lynda at the Bristol Classic Car Show last weekend.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve, Bob, Val, Peter, Daryl and all of the other Standard Motor Club members for making me feel very welcome over the weekend. We enjoyed some nice meals and a few beers during the evenings as well.
This was the first time that I have displayed my car at a Standard Motor Club event and it was most enjoyable. I was amazed by the interest shown in my 1955 Standard 10 and I seemed to be chatting to people all of the time about it. Quite a few people owned one in their younger days.
I am now looking forward to meeting you all again at the Standard International Rally and possibly some other events this year.
The attached photograph (above) shows me wearing the hat that my Wife, Carole, bought me to go with the car. They always wore them in the 1950's adverts, but I draw the line at smoking a pipe!
We were only able to put on a show thanks to the volunteers such as yourself who were prepared to bring their Standard to the show. I am glad you enjoyed the experience so much and hope that will encourage others to follow your good example for future shows. If you would like to display your car next year, please contact Steve Smeltzer. It does not need to be in concours condition, indeed part completed restoration projects often attract more interest.
The Club's stand at a quieter moment ( Photo: Brian Murrish)
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