The New Coventry Concours

by Phil Homer.



For a number of summers now, the City of Coventry has run what it calls “Motorfest”.

This year it is a month’s long series of Motoring related events and included for the first time a Concours for Coventry designed and built Classic Cars.


Another huge first was for the Concours cars to be displayed in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral for the weekend of July 24th and 25th.


Three Club cars were invited to attend and though they didn’t win the overall prizes, they were representatives of our great marque, who were a major employer of Coventarians over the decades.


Fortunately, the open-air venue was blessed with good weather (well no rain anyway) and large numbers of local people turned up to see all 30-odd cars (and an odd tank and armoured car for good measure as well).


Representing Standard were three cars, the 1926 Model SLO4 Charlecote Coupe, a newly restored 1956 Standard Super 10 and also another newly restored vehicle, a Phase II Vanguard Estate, also built in the same year. Both of these cars are finished in the same colour (Birch Grey) with the 10 also having a black roof, as originally applied by the factory.


This event will be repeated in subsequent years. Also, don’t forget that all Standards are welcome to our display of cars in the City Centre, right outside the Wetherspoons “Flying Standard” pub on Saturday and Sunday, 7th/8th August. See the Events listing for details.

The Venue, Coventry Cathedral.


Lynda Homer with the Super 10 and Paul Newsome with the Charlecote


Sabina and Shaun Russell with the Vanguard Phase II Estate.



The Vanguard Phase II Estate.

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