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Double Success at the Tatton Park Show

Best Car in Show - Vanguard Sportsman

Best Club Stand  -  Standard Motor Club!

The Manchester & North West Group won the award for the Best Club Stand on Saturday, 16th August, 2003, at the prestigious Tatton Park Classic Car Show and Giant Autojumble. Ninety-two club stands were exhibiting on the Saturday and the show attracted an enormous amount of public interest.

To add to the success on the day, Mr and Mrs Thomas Haslam, who were exhibiting on the Stand won Best Car in Show with their 1957 Vanguard Sportsman, a magnificent vehicle in absolute showroom condition. 

Thomas Haslam, his prize and the prizewinning Sportsman at Tatton.  Photo: Steve O'Hara

Over the two days the Group won two further awards, a third placing on the Saturday with a Triumph Renown and a third placing on the Sunday with another Renown, two fabulous cars in first class condition.

It is thought that this is the first time the Standard Motor Club has had a Stand at the Tatton Show and Mr Stuart Holmes, the Show’s Organizer, in presenting the Cup to Dr Bryan Jones, said he was delighted with the Group’s presentation and hoped it would be exhibiting again at Tatton in the future. He added that he was amazed to see such a variety of Standard cars and congratulated the owners on their condition.

Bryan Jones, organiser of the Manchester and NW group of the club, decided that the club should be represented at the large Tatton Park show, near Manchester. He and his helpers put on a very interesting display that was rewarded by being judged Best Club Stand on the Saturday. In the photo he is seen with helpers Morwenna Jones, on the left, and Jean Shuttleworth, on the right. Photo: Steve O'Hara

The Group had nineteen vehicles on exhibition each day with a good selection of Standards dating from the early-thirties to the mid-sixties. Several nice Triumphs were also on display and a war-time Standard Utility vehicle attracted a lot of attention. The Stand "theme" was the Golden Anniversary of the Basic Eight and one of these delightful vehicles, belonging to Ian Law, was adorned with gold ribbons, birthday cards and gold wrapped presents. It attracted much attention from the visitors and was housed in the Group’s newly acquired 28 by 10 feet gazebo. Publicity was also given to the Centenary of the Standard Motor Company. Refreshments were provided for members and visiting enthusiasts and the Group was privileged by the support of the Club’s Chairman, Peter Lockley, and the Publicity Manager, Steve O’Hara, who also exhibited their vehicles on the second day of the show. Frank Williams, Wirral Group’s Organizer also attended and exhibited his lovely 1931 Big Nine.

All in all, the Group had a most successful weekend and is now already planning its show programme for 2004. If you would like to join in its activities please contact Bryan or Morwena on 0161 483 7121. You will be made very welcome.

Morwena Jones,

Public Relations Manager, Manchester & North West Group, Standard Motor Club