Cars at the Spa 2021
The first “ Cars at the Spa” was held at the Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, in 2019.
It was such a success, with positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors, that the organisers, the Rotary Club of Royal Leamington Spa, had no hesitation in deciding to do it again the following year but then the pandemic struck. So we had to wait until today (Sunday 26th September 2021) to enjoy a replay of the event.
We did it in style thanks to the wonderful weather, it was really lovely. However good the weather was, it would have been for nought if the owners of some stunning cars had not turned up; thankfully they did as you can see in the photos below.
The Regency Town of Royal Leamington Spa looked at its very best in the late summer sunshine; what an appropriate backdrop for these classic cars, some of which had been made, many decades ago, in nearby Warwick (Healey) and Coventry (Alvis, Riley and Jaguar).
There was room on site for picnics and there was entertainment in the recently refurbished bandstand area. There was also a number of caterers on site as well as numerous other opportunities for food in the town centre including a cafe in the Royal Pump Rooms next door.
The object of the day was to give entrants and the public an enjoyable day out whilst collecting for Rotary supported charities.
The Club has supported 25 charities in the past year including local, national and international organisations, dispensing some £17,000 . Charities helped include:-
Water Aid, Mollie Ollie’s Wishes, Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs, Hope and Homes for Children , Foodbank, Air Ambulance, Cruse Bereavement, the Town Mayor’s Charity Appeal, Sightsavers, Salvation Army, Helping Hands Community Charity, and many others.
Here are some of the cars that were on display –
Alfa Romeo Monte Carlo
1972 Alfa Romeo Spider
1938 Alvis 4.3 Ltr. Short Chassis Tourer by Vanden Plas
1931 Austin Seven “Primrose”
c.1938 Austin Seven Ruby Tourer
c.1952 Austin A70 Hereford DHC.
Austin Healey 3000 Mk. I
Austin Healey 100 M Replica
Austin Healey Sprite Mk. II with Ashley GT Hardtop
c.1929 Austin Swallow 2 seater DHC by the Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company later to become Jaguar. This car was at the show courtesy of Clayton Classics of Coventry, specialists in Jaguar restorations.
Beauford Tourer (Kit Car)
1934 Bentley 3 1/2 Ltr. DHC by Park Ward
1977 Ford Granada Mk. I Series II Stretched Limo “Minster” by Colman Milne
1953 Healey Tickford Sports Saloon
1965 Hillman Minx Series VI
Lotus Elite This car was found in a garden, covered in weeds etc. in a very sorry state. It was recovered by its current owner and over a number of years, brought back to this near new condition. “Well done sir!”. One of my favourite cars.
The MG Car Club were there.
Early Morgan Three Wheeler with Matchless motorcycle engine.
1950s Morris Oxford
c.1933 Riley 9 Ascot DHC
Supermarine S5 Rad Cap Mascot
Talbot Sunbeam Lotus
As is normally the case at these types of events, Stags were in profusion. Always good to see them looking immaculate. Not a particularly successful car, saleswise, in its day but one of the most desired “affordable” classics.
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