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Footman James 29th Bristol Classic Car Show, 2008.
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The Bristol Classic Car Show is now in its 29th year, and we as a club again flew the flag for the NSRA, exhibiting for the fourth year in a row. This year was also the first time I have had rodders asking me if they could bring their cars along, which makes life a little easier for me. Each year I try and vary the local cars that appear, as with other club stands you do hear comments like "same cars as last year" being used, so we are very lucky to have so many good cars in our area to chose from.
This years entrants included 'Crazy' Chris Hartnell with his nostalgic slingshot dragster Backdraft. Chris and Claire always put on a good visual display helping to promote the 'Wild Bunch' nostalgia drag racing (
Colin Bennett drove his freshly painted Fordson down from Gloucester - this van has some serious history, having toured the USA many years ago. John Cable was there with another well known Fordson van. John had the fastest Bristol hotrod at last years Hotrod Drags, but was still smarting a bit from the engine damage he suffered at that event - but he still managed to drive it home.
Rich Roberts made an appearance with his 5-window model 'A', the much-modified Cleveland powered rod freshly fitted with new aluminum heads. "A Ford in a  Ford, thats how it should be" was heard over the weekend.
The immaculate '32 roadster of Spencer Wallace made it's indoor show debut. The Anniversary Ford, making only its second show outing after picking up Best of Show at Wheels day the previous Easter. Spence should have taken it to the Helsinki show, but a change of job forced him to miss out on the cold experience!
Dave Brock brought along his period-perfect model 'A' roadster. The trip to Shepton Mallet was Dave's longest to date in the new car, but it passed off without a hitch. I think the older visitors seemed to take a liking to the traditional flathead powered rod.
Nick Barnett's 32 pick-up made it this year, the in-progress chassis having appeared here two years ago. Last year's planned debut was put off due to Nick taking the trip over to Finland to exhibit. Many a show goer is still thrown by the choice of motor, a much-modified Daimler 'baby' Hemi.
Andy House's '36 Ford is always a crowd pleaser and although the 5-window coupe has been on the road for ages, it still looks as fresh as when it won 'best of show' at Billing, and appeared on the following year's commemorative T-shirts.
Nice to see Phil Thomas' '32 3-window on display. Now having been on the road for 25 years and still looking fresh, it's a timeless classic and a tribute to its build quality.
Pete Moore's Ford Pop Ute, still a rare machine over on this side of the pond - while looking stock bodywise, is built to use as street or strip! Pete is a serious contender in the Outlaw Anglias series ( and plans to use this hot little Ford on the track as often as possible.
Rich brought along his '34 Sedan, in the final stages of completion in between all of Rich's other projects, we did have to push the 2 litre turbo powered sedan into the show hall. Rich was the most local of rodders living just down the road, and his next project, a '32 pick-up, is well on its way. Follow Rich's pick-up build on the NSRA website under Readers Rides - maybe it will be on show next year?
Friday: with everyone arriving on time this year and the key to our hall in hand, it didn't take long to set ourselves up. With link fencing courtesy of the NSRA, and the banners up on the walls, we were ready for the show opening next day.
Saturday: This being the quieter of the days, it was time to visit the other halls. Some very good displays were evident, with the Hillman Imp / Morris Minor / Austin 1800 clubs all hoping to win the coveted 'Best Club Display' trophy. The auto jumble was packed as always but it seems with less and less NOS items, and more books, models, and cleaning equipment being displayed. Genuine Cornish pasties are a must each year so the stall was checked out as always!
Sunday: The 'main' day with bigger crowds, and more visiting rodders making themselves known. Always a local meeting spot to discuss the winter's rebuilds, I think most of the Apple County boys appeared at some time during the day. Of all eleven of our cars I think the crowds favorite was the dragster, with constant crowds waiting to be next inline for a photo shoot. For some this was probably the first quarter-miler they had seen, and Chris doesn't fence off his pride and joy, allowing people all over it! When prize giving was announced it was the first time since entering that we went home empty handed, but with next year being the 30th anniversary we hope to do better.
Around 4.30pm we made an early exit from the hall and gathered outside for a mass photo shoot - John doing a burn out to the delight of a watching Land Rover owner. All in all another enjoyable weekend was had whilst promoting the NSRA, and to cap it all the weather was good for a change.

An english rodding scene.. Andy and Pete wait for the green light.
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