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2012-09-03 13:19

TOP TEN CLASSICS: The top cars in the People's Choice awards were displayed to give showgoers a closer look at the classics on display.

Visitors to Beaulieu on Sunday, September 2, 2012 stepped back into time to take in 300 classic cars at the British National Motor Museum for Simply Classics.

The event, now in its second year, has grown in popularity to include a range of classics including Morgans, Morris Minors, Bentleys and Jaguars.

RARE FINDS


Two very special displays were rare vintage racing cars, owned by one Chris Williams. The black Packard-Bentley, nicknamed Mavis, with a massive Packard 42-litre V12 engine, was “fired up” a number of times during the day, throwing flames out of the twin exhausts on both sides of the body.

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Williams’ other star car was a 1968 one-off Napier Bentley vintage racing car with a 24-litre Napier Sea Lion W12 aeroplane engine.

A new feature at the 2012 event was the Concours Competition into which a number of rally participants entered their cars.

The winner was Kevin Curtis whose Ford Escort RS1600 won him a special anniversary trophy. Only 1150 examples of the RS1600 were originally built, of which only 200 are still said to be around.

Visitors to the Beaulieu event were also asked to vote for their favourite vehicle on display in the People’s Choice awards. Brian Robinson was presented with a 60th anniversary Beaulieu Trophy  after his Jaguar XK140 was voted the favourite. Second place went to a 1909 Paterson touring car, owned by Jan Degeling, while Gary Collins’ VW Campervan was in third place.

Following the presentation, the top 10 vehicles voted for in the awards took part in a cavalcade through the grounds, and created a display for visitors to admire against the stunning backdrop of Palace House.

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