March at the new Shell outlet in Newport Pagnell
The sun shone on Newport Pagnell for the opening of the first Retro styled Shell shop. Magic of Motoring Limited, global custodians of the Shell brand pre-1980, celebrated the Grand Opening in style with a display of exotic cars, trucks and bikes.
Around 2,500 people enjoyed a stunning display of cars which included
the Works Shell Dunlop Porsche 962 Driven by Hans Stuck and Derek Bell.
An Aston Martin DB6 previously owned by Sir Paul McCartney and an original
550 Porsche Spyder which was 2 build numbers on from the infamous car
in which James Dean tragically died and a fabulous Enzo Ferrari!
Activities based around the Magic of Motoring shop on the High Street included a display of 50 vintage Scooters and motorbikes parked alongside a 1960's Petrol Pump Island. In the courtyard Export 56 presented a fine line up of classic Porsche cars including several 356's a beautifully restored 911 2.7 RS Touring and a Frazer Nash.
The turn out is starting to get really good, almost ran out of space, which for an overcast Winters Day is terrific.
As well as the usual cars we also had classic vans, a couple of early arrival American Cars for the MKB meet at 3pm, and a buit of a Harley Davidon.
Including this very nice 1951 Daimler DB18 (2.5 Ltr - EN 30636) Hooper Empress (CN 59096) Saloon.
New Years day report from Liz and Alan Hall
a short visit to the new Classic car meet at the Swan Revived Hotel
in Newport Pagnell, where there was a good small turnout of all sorts
of vehicles, but there did not to be a great deal of hospitality from
the Swan in the way of directions to get refreshments, I thought we
might all end up inside for a pie and a pint or something, anyway, we
made our way to the usual meeting at Grove Lock as the weather was sunny
under glass. It was a cold crisp day and you didn't really want to stand
about too long there.
New Years Day meet at the Swan Revived - Thumper
The Swan Revived is not a bad venue, and there was a good selection of cars, it's just a shame that the service was so poor. I gave up trying to get a drink and something to eat, and not having had any breakfast, I left early to find somewhere else to eat. That said, there was nothing wrong with the turn out, especially at very short notice, so well done to Mick Pacey from Export 56 for setting it up. As well as a selection of the usual culprits, Mick had brought along a few of his classic Porches, some of the Tin Soldiers turned up, and someone else in an electric car. Lets hope that we get a few of them along to our local meets.