Southern Classics Society is a friendly and informal, all-marque club for classic vehicle enthusiasts in the south of England

Show Reports 2022

See all the Show Reports from 2022, most recent first.

These will appear as soon as the show season gets underway! All our events are now booked and confirmed. Please go to "All 2022 Events" to see the 2022 Events Calendar.

SCS August Show - Worthing Rugby Club, Angmering - 21st August 2022

August 2022 Worthing Rugby Club Show Report by Robert Spence Club Treasurer

As in previous years our show held at the Worthing Rugby club site did not disappoint with in excess of 250 vehicles on display throughout the day. The size and layout of the venue allows us to park up cars and other vehicles in their respective decades from pre '50s to the '90s. With all the vehicles parked up, what is noticeable since the 2010 Worthing show, when I joined the club, is the general increase, year on year, in vehicles numbers attending the show, particularly cars from the 1980s and 1990s. At the other end of the age range, pre '50 vehicles appear to be lessening. A sign of the times?

With over 250 wonderful vehicles on show, it is impossible to do justice to them all in this short report, however our photographer on the day, James Wright, did a sterling job in photographing as many of the 4 wheeled and 2 wheeled vehicles he could. Please do look at the website to view James's photos.

Having said that there were a number of vehicles that caught my eye. One of the oldest cars on show and certainly a first for me was a 1924 Morris Bullnose belonging to Pete Newell that he has owned for 8 years. Another first was a 1942 Willys Jeep, not in the usual green, but looking magnificent in Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm dark blue. The Jeep belongs to Chris and Jane Haines who explained that it had seen service at RNAS Ford, HMS Peregrine. This would have been my "take home car", not only for its amazing condition and history, but also because my Dad served with the Fleet Air Arm during WW2.

A definite one off, in fact two off, was Brian Smallcorn's 1973 Chevrolet Caprice special with child sized matching copy. This very big car was built by Brian 34 years ago and packs a whopping 8.5 ltr V8 that returns at best 10 mpg. Although the chassis and engine are all American, the body from the windscreen back is MG Midget. The miniature car is 8 years old and is mobility scooter based, plus it is future proofed as it runs on electricity!

Sticking with the theme of firsts at a show, there were 3 extraordinary vehicles that would probably be more at home cruising the mean streets of Los Angeles, rather than the leafy lanes of Sussex. The 3 American muscle cars in question were from the "South Coast Cop Cars" club and consisted of 2 LHD Dodge Chargers, 5.7 ltr V8 and 3.6 ltr V6 and a UK Dodge Avenger. These 3 cars were particularly popular with children and the sight and sound of blues and twos was certainly an attraction in their own right. Many thanks to Sharon and Dean Evans and Roger Cuckoo for bringing their Highway cruiser and town cars to the show. Unsurprisingly they were the worthy winners of the best club trophy.

Other clubs present were 3 members of the Corvette club and 2 lovely Austin A40s holding up the British end. Definitely quality if not quantity.

2 wheeled vehicles were also represented on the day by a 1950/60s Ariel Reader 250 2 Stroke Twin, 4 Lambretta scooters, resplendent with chrome, lights and period logos, and back to America, a stunning Harley Davison. To finish off the show's many movable exhibits, 4 auto jumblers were also attracting a lot of interest throughout the day.

The Worthing show is my personal favourite, for its setting, variety of vehicles and as previously mentioned where I joined Southern Classics.

Many thanks to the Worthing Rugby Club for allowing us to use their training pitches for our event, to Sharon, Emma, and Edward for onsite refreshments, (congratulations to Armani on her engagement), the club members that donned hi viz jackets and helped the committee run a safe and successful event and to all members and visitors who brought their vehicles to the show.

Congratulations also to all the prize winners.

(Your webmaster's thanks go to Robert who has kindly provided this report, due to my absence elsewhere. Also to James Wright who has provided the excellent photos.)

Click here on this link for the gallery of photographs of the show.

SCS June Show - Bluebell Railway, Horsted Keynes - 26th June 2022

SCS - Horsted Keynes Show Report 2022

The Blue Bell steam railway is a preserved line run by enthusiasts, and connects the stations of Sheffield Park and the mainline at East Grinstead. The station at Horsted Keynes (pronounced 'canes', not 'keens' in Sussex dialect) is situated between the two, although at some distance from the village itself.

Southern Classics held the second of this year's four car shows on the land adjoining the station, on June 26th, which was very well attended by both SCS members, and visitors. This is a good open space with an upward slope which allows a view of all the exhibiting vehicles from the lower end by the Club stand and eating areas.

As usual, there was a vast array of different cars; saloons, sporting vehicles and those somewhere in-between, also covering a sizeable age range - mostly, it has to be said, British, but some foreign as well, notably American. A large collection of Corvettes gathered at the top of the field (love that V8 noise), a massive (and beautiful) 1967, cream Pontiac Bonneville (I think) with over-and-under headlights, and a blue Ford Model T. Italy was represented with cars from Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Ferrari and Maserati, but no Lamborghini as far as I know, unless one sneaked in when I wasn't looking, which seems unlikely (Lambos are not known for sneaking anywhere).

Regalia sales picked up unexpectedly for a while during the afternoon when the sun disappeared and a fresh breeze sprung up - suddenly, people dressed for a hot day in T-shirts needed a bit of extra warmth. The Membership Secretary had a steady flow of new and re-signing members. This was the first meeting at which the newly acquired card-reader was employed, and this function seems to be well received as people, generally, don't carry much cash these days.

As it was parked close-by, I couldn't help noticing that a very well-presented, maroon Alvis was attracting a fair bit of attention from those wandering around the vehicles, and was being frequently photographed. In contrast to the breakfast meeting at Shoreham Airport, there were no Reliant Scimitars in evidence.

Raffle prizes, Pride-of-Ownership trophies, and a Highly Commended award were handed out at about three o'clock and shortly after that the camp was struck and packed away, and we all headed for home.

As Wallace would have said; 'A grand day out, Grommit'.

Finally, last but by no means least, we must finish with a huge thank you from the committee to all those volunteers who contributed and helped set up, run and tidy up after the show, both from Southern Classics, and also from the Bluebell Railway. All worked extremely hard to ensure that the show went well. Thanks also, of course, to all the exhibitors who brought along their interesting cars, and all the visitors who came to see them.

(Your webmaster's thanks go to Martin who has kindly provided this report, due to my absence elsewhere. Also to James Wright who has provided the excellent photos.)

Click here on this link for the gallery of photographs of the show.

SCS May Show - The Lavender Line, Isfield, - 22nd May 2022

Warm Sunshine for the First Show of 2022

Our first show this year got off to a good start with warm sunny weather. The show takes place in a large field next to the Lavender Line Station at Isfield - a pleasant place to relax with fellow enthusiasts and enjoy the cars and the surroundings.

There was a steady stream of cars coming in through the gate, and the field soon started to fill up. As is so often the case, the cars varied widely in type, rarity, and value.

One which was particularly eyecatching was the red Jaguar SS100. Manufactured in 1938, it had been in the hands of it's current owner for about 40 years!The judges obviously agreed, because the owner was the recipient of one of the awards. Another car which attracted much attention, was the Riley Kestrel. The Healey Tickford is a very rare car and it was good to see an example at the show, also the pair of Jensens.

It's always good to welcome visiting clubs, and the East Sussex MG Owners' Club put up a very strong showing, with about 19 examples on display.

There was a good turnout of Autojumblers, with some interesting stands, and the writer must report that he succumbed to temptation and bought a couple of old motoring books for his collection!

Our thanks go to all the people, both from the committee and from the wider club, who gave their time to help out with running the show. Also the staff and volunteers of the Lavender Line, and most of all, to all the attendees for bringing along a great selection of vehicles.

Click here on this link for the gallery of photographs of the show.