Thousands enjoy Prestatyn Car Show vintage displays

Reporter:

Suzanne Jordan

VINTAGE automobile fans flocked to admire and photograph hundreds of classic cars during an annual summer event.

Prestatyn Classic Car Show embraced the theme ‘Twixt hills and Sea’ this year.

The idea was taken from advertising of the town in the 1950s and the town centre show featured a record number of classic cars.

Organiser Tim Williams said: “Despite cloudy skies, no rain fell on the thousands of visitors who attended this year’s show.

“A record entry of classic cars arrived in the town centre.

“This year for only the second time since the show started as an event to celebrate the millennium, part of the High Street was closed to display some of the classic cars.

“To give impact to the show, both the American class and the military were exhibited there.

“I had no idea how massive these vehicles are. Forming a chevron parking, they practically filled the width of the High Street.”

Winner of the American Class was a “stunning” gold 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline, owned by Steven Walch.

A showstopper and crowd-pleaser was the winner of the custom class.

The Morgan three-wheeler, owned by Brian Howatson of Denbigh and named ‘The Grim Reaper’, came complete with skull headlights and a custom-paint look.

Tim added: “With awards for 13 classes and against competition from the glamour names of Ferrari, Porsche and Jaguar, the overall show winner was a humble – although with a finish better than it left the showroom back in 1979 – Ford Escort Sport, owned by Nathan Mills from Wrexham. The Whistlestop Motorcycle, Rhyl and District MC brought along a large selection of motorsport cars including MG, Mercedes, Red Dragons TR7 and Fiat. The Club Trophy went once again to the impressive Alfa Romeo stand.”

Prior to the main event, there was a Classic Car Run; 100 cars left County Hall in Mold for a scenic tour of North Wales and enjoyed a lunch halt in Llanrwst.

The day finished at the sponsors’ Beaches Hotel.

Email:

suzanne.jordan@nwn.co.uk

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