For once August Bank Holiday Monday coincided with a hot sunny day much to the pleasure of the thousands of folks who enjoyed the hundreds of classics attending the Thoresby Hall Classic Car show. The event is set in the grounds of the grade I listed country house which is one of four neighbouring country houses and estates in north Nottinghamshire known as the “Dukeries” – so named as all were occupied by dukes at one time in their history.
The show is mainly focussed on Minis and TVRs of which there were hundreds in attendance, nevertheless many other interesting classic cars and bikes were also displayed including five Stags from Notts and Derby and two from the Lincolnshire area courtesy of Dave and Baz.
A good look round the whole site took a very pleasant couple of hours with all sorts of vehicles to admire including a large selection of Yanks and even a massive Peterbilt tractor unit which was beautifully turned out with more chrome than all our Stags put together. During the day the central arena saw many car and bikes shown off and judged, I don’t know who was commentating but he certainly impressed me with his huge knowledge and boundless enthusiasm for the subject – he made it really interesting and informative for both public and the enthusiasts.
Next stop was the many trade stands and for some reason my wallet seemed much lighter after I’d left them but shopping still beckoned so a visit to the Thoresby Courtyard shops was next. Precious jewellery, handmade glass ornaments, exquisite fashions and artworks all shouted out “buy me” but thankfully I resisted and left that to the ladies, my wallet only being further lightened by a rather nice ice cream.
I hadn’t attended this show before and to be honest didn’t expect a lot but ended up really enjoying myself with great company, plenty of variety, a lovely setting and of course that yellow orb in the sky – all in all a great Bank Holiday day out.