Burford House Annual Motor Show 2023 – Report

At the end of a beautiful, winding country ‘A’ road, suitable for many of the cars on display, lies the Georgian mansion – Burford House.

This gem in the Worcestershire countryside is home to an outlet of British Garden Centres, located within the walled garden of Burford House. It was here that I was delighted to see an eclectic range of motor cars. There were classic Rolls Royces from the Revd. Dr. John F Kennedy’s collection and another Rolls Royce that no doubt would have both those great men turning in their graves! it’s a matter of choice I guess, see what I mean below. There were more modern classics such as a Shelby GT 500, a Renault Sport Spider and a Lotus Elan, there was even a recently launched Citroen Ami. 

As those of you living in the UK can testify, July 2023 was one of the wettest and coldest on record, August started in much the same way. The organisers must have got their prayer mats out, on a typically rainy Saturday, to ask for good weather on the day of the show. Their efforts were richly rewarded, we could not have hoped for a better day, with bright warm sunshine. Not the best weather for photographing cars but enjoyable nonetheless. Here are my, dapple effect, efforts –

AUSTIN

1926 Austin 20 Two Seater
1926 Austin 20 Two Seater with Dickey Seat body by Mulliners.

1926 Austin 20 two seater with dickey seat. Rear

1950s Austin A40 Pickup
1950s Austin A40 Pickup

CHEVROLET

1938 Chevrolet Business Coupe
1938 Chevrolet Business Coupe

1938 Chevrolet Business Coupe. Rear.

CITROEN

1930s Citroen Light 15
1930s Citroen Light 15

1930s Citroen Light 15. Rear

DAIMLER

Daimler SP 250 with modified front end
Daimler SP 250 with modified front end

Daimler SP 250. Rear

Daimler SP 250.
Daimler SP 250.

Daimler SP 250. Rear

FORD

1976 Ford Gran Torino (Starsky & Hutch livery)
1976 Ford Gran Torino (Starsky & Hutch livery)
1960s Ford Classic
1960s Ford Classic

1960s Ford Classic. Rear.

LOTUS

c.1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S
c1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S

c. 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S big valve twin-cam engine.

c. 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S. Rear.

MORGAN

1953 Morgan Plus Four
1953 Morgan Plus Four

1953 Morgan Plus Four. Rear.

Morgan Super Three
Morgan Super Three

Morgan Super Three. Rear.

MORRIS

1930s Morris 8 tourer
1930s Morris 8 tourer

1930s Morris 8 tourer. Rear

1952 Morris Oxford
1952 Morris Oxford

1952 Morris Oxford. Rear

Modified Morris Minor 1000
Modified Morris Minor 1000

Modified Morris Minor 1000. Engine

Modified Morris Minor 1000. Rear.

PONTIAC

1976 Pontiac Trans AM
1976 Pontiac Trans AM

1976 Pontiac Trans AM. Rear

RENAULT

1990s Renault Sport Spider
1990s Renault Sport Spider

1990s Renault Sport Spider. Rear

ROLLS ROYCE

These three cars are from the Revd. Dr. John F. Kennedy’s collection –

1924 Rolls Royce Tourer.
1924 Rolls Royce Tourer.

1924 Rolls Royce Tourer. Rear

1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II Piccadilly Speedster
1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II Piccadilly Speedster. First owned by Malcolm Campbell.

Customised Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
Customised Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.

Customised Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Rear.

SHELBY FORD MUSTANG

Shelby 500 GT
Shelby 500 GT

Shelby 500 GT. Rear.

MISCELLANEOUS

HOT RODS

Ford Anglia Hot Rod

Ford Model A Coupe Hot Rod with DeSoto FireFlite engine
Ford Model A Coupe Hot Rod with DeSoto FireFlite engine

Ford Model A Coupe Hot Rod with DeSoto FireFlite engine. Rear

Ford Model A Coupe Hot Rod with DeSoto FireFlite engine.

When is a Ferrari not a Ferrari?

Replica of a 1961 Ferrari California with a 1993 BMW Z3 as a donor car.
Replica of a 1961 Ferrari California with a 1993 BMW Z3 as a donor car.

And when is an Austin Healey 3000 not an Austin Healey 3000?

Pilgrim AH 3000 kit car
Pilgrim AH 3000 kit car

Pilgrim Austin Healey 3000 kit car facia.

Pilgrim AH 3000 kit car. rear.

It wasn’t all about cars, there was this excellent ladies’ choir – www.got2sing.co.uk

That’s all folks!

Nick

 

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