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Record crowds headed to Dudley’s Himley Hall this year’s Classic & Retro Show with around 2,000 enthusiasts and around 700 cars on display.

This year the fantastic displays were positioned at the front of the 18th century building, situated between the lake and the Hall itself, with the 180 acres of landscaped grounds and parkland as a back drop.

Himley Hall is always a firm favourite with our exhibiting owners…

Stephen Smith – Events Director

“Himley Hall is always a firm favourite with our exhibiting owners but we have not seen the usual number of visitors over the past two years due to poor weather conditions on the day,” explained Stephen Smith, Events Director for organiser Gemini Events.

“It was our last outdoor show of the season, with three of our last events affected by the poor weather, so it was great for our exhibiting owners and organising team to see so many people enjoying the displays and the great vintage vocals of Melissa Holloway.”

Sponsored by ClassicLine Insurance, more than 35 motoring clubs attend with their members and private owners bringing along all manner of models from original cars in long-term family ownership to the lovingly rebuilt, including a barn-find 1971 Morris Minor restored from a bare shell.

This year’s show celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Ford Escort that was launched back in 1968, with seventeen examples on display including two very special cars owned by Brian Betteridge – a road-going RS200, and an Escort RS1700T rally car. A 1986 Ford Fiesta XR2 with just one previous owner in 30 years is another treat to enjoy.

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