With the cars cleaned and polished, fuel tanks topped up, and Hot Cross Buns packed, we headed off bright and early for the annual Good Friday pilgrimage to Wheels Day. Meeting up with friends enroute, we cruised into Rushmoor Arena just as the sun was breaking through. What a perfect start to the day!
Hosted by the Surrey Street Rodders, this year marked the 48th Wheels Day – the show that is often credited with opening the car show season in the southeast. It’s a chance to catch up with friends and fellow classic vehicle enthusiasts and enjoy the buzz of being back out at a show after the winter months.
As always, the team of helpers and volunteers put on a first-rate show. From early doors, there was a constant stream of show vehicles entering the arena and by mid-morning the show field was full with an array of hotrods, custom cars, and classic cars. We don’t know the exact numbers of cars on show, but we’d hazard a guess at around 1,000 – what a fantastic turn out!
Over the tannoy, John Price, compere and national treasure of the hot rod and drag racing world provided the backdrop for the day. John was joined by Radio Caroline and live music artists who kept everyone entertained. There was plenty to do for the whole family too. Colouring competitions, Easter egg giveaways for the younger visitors, and an array of trade stalls and vintage auto part traders for the bigger kids.
Wandering around the showfield, the 1982 Ford Cortina Crusader parked on the front row really caught our eye – you don’t see many of these on the road nowadays! As did the Mini Cooper with a bold striped roof and the stunning turquoise 1959 Ford 100e. The Flathead powered 3-window ‘32 coupe, as picked for the NSRA award, and the pale yellow 1961 Zephyr/Zodiac Mk Ii, were both particular favourites. But the car of the show really did have to go to Mark Belcher’s custom ’38 Chevy. Fresh out this year, this car is definitely one to look out for. And it seems that we have good taste, as this car also went home with the Best in Show Award!
Take a look at the full list of Wheels Day 2023 Trophy Winners:
List supplied by Surrey Street Rodders
UK Customs Pick – Ford Consul, owned by Andy Murrel
NSRA Pick – 32 3-Window Coupe, owned by Greg Walters
Classic American Magazine Pick – 1976 Cadillac Eldorado, owned by Daryl Mills
Top 10 – 40s Chevy Pick Up, owned by Andy Vallis
Top 10 – Mini Cooper, owned by Adrian Malthouse
Top 10 – Willys Pick Up, owned by Richard Day
Top 10 – Ford Model A Gasser, owned by Andy Cobb
Top 10 – Minor Van, owned by Nick McGuigan
Top 10 – VW Lupo, owned by Becky Mealyer
Top 10 – Buick Regal Low Rider, owned by Maxime Xavier
Top 10 – 1961 Dennis Fire Engine, owned by Adam Stevens, Paul Stevens & Nathan Dixon
Top 10 – 1955 Chevy Panel, owned by Doug Hill
Best of Show – 1938 Chevy Coupe, owned by Mark Belcher
Of course, Wheels Day is all about the cars, but there is another poignant aspect to the event. Each year, the Surrey Street Rodders proudly support a range of charities, donating money to causes throughout the day and after the event. Several thousand pounds were donated on the day to charities including The Teddy Bear Run Children’s Charity, Royal Surrey Cancer Charity, Macmillian Cancer Support and the Surrey Air Ambulance. The Surrey Street Rodders would like the thank everyone who attended Wheels Day, your support enables them to continue to donate to good causes throughout the day.
Thanks Surrey Street Rodders for a brilliant day!
Stay tuned for our roving reporter’s coverage from Drive It Day at Sunday Scramble coming soon. The ClassicLine team will be back on the road on Sunday 4th June as we head south again for Simply Porsche at Beaulieu Motor Museum.
Hope you enjoy the Wheels Day 2023 photos!