Mason Moore | Hinckey Reporter | 25 September 2022
HINCKLEY BID’S 11th annual motorshow has officially broken records for the first time since the event was created in 2010 – as over 12,000 people flocked on down to Hinckley town centre to see over 920 vehicles being showcased from 1934 up to today’s latest Ferrari.
Hinckley Bid’s long-awaited rescheduled annual motorshow started at 10am this morning (Sunday, 25 September), and ended at 4.30pm.
It was initially set to take place last Sunday on 18 September, but this was pushed back by event organisers to this week instead, as a mark of respect to Her Majesty The Queen, as it would have landed on the day before the state funeral.
Special cars, vans, and trucks filled all of the main streets across the town – Castle Street, Regent Street, The Borough, Market Place, and Station Road respectively.
And, a genuine and rare DeLorean car was amongst the huge variety of English and continental marques – with some vehicles worth over £300,000 after being ‘carefully restored’ by their proud owners.
In fact, so many of the specialist cars shown up to be showcased that some had to be displayed in Argents Mead park, about a three minutes walk from the town centre.
A jazz band performed to the crowds of thousands on Market Place – and there were various points of entertainment for the children.
Ice creams were available to purchase from a vendor on Castle Street, and Hinckley Police gave youngsters the opportunity to dress up in some police fancy dress outfits.
To coincide with the show, Model Collect Create (MCC), based on Upper Castle Street held ‘Pine Car Derby’ racing and demonstrations using toy pine cars in their shop.
Some vehicles of interest included an American-style ‘Sheriff’s car’ which was being looked after by two ‘sheriffs’ – these were a few of the many who were displaying their vehicles dressed to fit their era of their vehicle, such as hippies, 1920’s, military uniforms from past times, top hats, tails, and more.
The show seen many visitors head on down, ranging from young and elderly town-goers, individuals, couples, and families. Some even bought their pet pooches so they didn’t miss any rare vehicles.
Jack Lawrance headed down and showcased his blue truck and collection of vintage tricycles and scooters, which he had amassed more than 50 of over the years.
He said: “In 1983, I went on down to a vintage cycling club named the Desford Lane Peddlers with my wife and three daughters. It was from there I picked up the first in the collection – a Victorian children’s tricycle. I now have around 53 to 56 of them.
“My truck is all original, and it has never been touched. I have only recently used to transport these [vintage tricycles and scooters] around.”
Steve Wegerif, Director of Hinckley BID, expressed his sincere thanks to his colleagues and other volunteers who had worked so hard to make this event such a success.
In particular, he singled out Stuart Elliott and his team of judges who had the unenviable task of deciding on who the 11 trophies should be awarded to, and also to Gary Bird, Jim Darlaston, John Coward and Cat Stilling and their teams for taking control of parking up so many vehicles.
Steve said: “I have been proud to be part of the organisation of this event for all 11 years. The BID’s job is to bring footfall into Hinckley town centre to showcase all of our excellent shops, services and places to eat and drink.
“As my age is now similar to some of the more ancient vehicles being exhibited, our Events Manager Toni Scott has taken the reins and done a cracking job as witnessed by everyone yesterday – as did our Assistant BID Manager Martina Smullen, without whom we would both be lost.
“And finally to our Chairman Ian Daniels, who himself exhibits his own delightful classic Triumph Stag and who creates such an area of calm – ‘we are more than lucky to have you to lead us’.”
- Ian Croxall Trophy – Most Elegant Classic Sports Car: Winner: Ivor Poxon, Vehicle Type: Jaguar E-Type
- Oliver Winterbottom Trophy – Best Turned Out Lotus/TVR Winner: Bill French, Vehicle Type: Red Excel SE
- Best Turned Out Driver/Crew Winner: Ken Warburton, Vehicle Type: Ford Crown Victoria
- Best Club Car – Donated by MX5 Club Winner: Neale Bassford, Vehicle Type: Mini N
- Best Motorbike in Show Winner: Neal Oliver, Vehicle Type: Norton 16H
- Special Vehicle Award – 1st Place Winner: Ryan Dearing, Vehicle Type: Commercial Bedford Van
- Special Vehicle Award – 2nd Place Winner: Shaun Roberts, Vehicle Type: VW Split Screen Van
- Special Vehicle Award – 3rd Place Winner: Rob Goodman, Vehicle Type: 1936 Ford Model B1
- Best Car in Show – 1st Place Winner: David Morris, Vehicle Type: Jaguar E-Type
- Best Car in Show – 2nd Place Winner: Nigel Hancock, Vehicle Type: Austin 7 GE Cup
- Best Car in Show – 3rd Place Winner: Gerry Addison, Vehicle Type: Triumph TR4 Sports