On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of July, the grounds of Powderham Castle were invaded by hordes of people and cars. Two of those people were The Other Half and I, and the cars were of the classic variety.
The Historic Vehicle Gathering attracts hundreds upon hundreds of visitors each year and is one of the biggest and most popular in the south-west.
Due to the lack of our own car, The Other Half and I arrived by public transport, which is not quite as glamorous as arriving by E-Type as some people did but practical nonetheless. After a few navigational issues caused by a lack of signage for those unlucky enough to arrive on foot, and after a slice of luck spying a man walking with what looked like a programme for the event, we finally found our way and were rewarded with the welcoming aroma of hotdogs and steam engines.
We were first struck by the sheer scale of the site and had trouble deciding in which direction to head first. We plumped eventually for a section of individually entered cars and The Other Half soon became somewhat infatuated with a pale yellow MG.
After wandering and dreaming for a little while longer, we heard a loud commotion and went to check it out. That is when we first set eyes upon the various traction engines out and about and I was surprised by how big they are! And how powerful!
A spot of lunch later and it was time to hit the various car club displays. The Other Half quickly became infatuated once again (with a Jensen Interceptor this time and really, who can blame him) and I wandered and discovered so many beautiful models I’d never even heard of before.
We walked around the craft stalls, grabbed an ice cream, watched the old fire engine display in the main arena and generally became jealous of everything we set eyes on. The weather treated us, the rain held off and a fabulous day was had all round. Here is a small video montage I put together –
We have since learnt of another classic car event to be held on Paignton sea front in a couple of weeks time that has now been added to our calendar!