Sunday 29 May 2022 - Lion Green

BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!

Thank you to everyone who came along on Sunday 29 May and helped make the 2022 show such a great day for all.

2022 SHOW REPORT

Three years after the last Haslemere Classic Car Show on Lion Green, it was great to be back. The wonderful Haslemere Community, stepped up to support the popular show in so many ways - by displaying their adored classics, setting up stalls and helping out on the day, all making the 12th HCCS the best ever.

 

First thing on Sunday morning nearly one hundred cars gathered for a morning drive before the show.  With all types and size of vehicle, ranging from a Ford Model T from 1927 (there is a bullet hole in the rear, apparently from the prohibition days in the US!) to a 1980 Talbot Sunbeam Ti Rally Car. After a Bacon butty to keep them going the entrants went on a scenic route - Liphook, Hill Brow, Rogate, Harting, Midhurst, Selham and Petworth, before a coffee stop at the Stag Inn at Balls Cross. The return trip, through Kirdford, Wisborough Green, Dunsfold, Chiddingford and Brook brought them back to Haslemere having experienced the best of three counties.

Meanwhile the Green was being transformed into a traditional village fete, surrounded by stalls selling, arts and crafts, vintage, food and drink and local charities. Haslewey produced some magnificent teas enjoyed while listening to the Coastline Jazz Band. Soon the middle of the Green was filled to bursting with an array of classics on display for all to admire. Local people turned out in droves to enjoy wandering around the show and talking to the owners about their vehicles. One local lady discovered a car that used to belong to her father and was her wedding car - we believe plans are now being made for it to be used for another family event soon.

 

Visitors could vote for "the car they would like to take home” in the peoples choice competition, while the votes were spread far and wide, the two equal runners up were Chiddingfold’s Jenny Smart in her 1961, Commer Cob van, adorned with period accessories and flowers and Roy Hunt from Guildford in his 1959 Skyliner Hardtop with it’s amazing re-tractable roof. The winner was Jean Digby-Smith of Thames Ditton with her Classic Citroen DS from 1972. Jean fell in love with the iconic car as a young girl in Paris and finally imported her striking green DS from France in 2018.

The highlight of the day is the Best Dressed Car and Crew - a fun competition with owners encouraged to dress to match their cars. With outfits from perfect period detail to fun and quirky, there was certainly lots of variety. The judges, Haslemeres new Mayor, Jacquie Keen and Robyn Patterson from the shows local sponsor red.h were guided around the cars chatting to entrants. A very hard decision but in the end two prizes of hampers from red.h were given to the 1960 Borgward Isabella Combi owned by Iain Bell of Ripley and the MG VA prototype which appeared at the 1936 Olympia Motor Show owned by Ian Burton, from Bognor Regis. The judges loved the Borgwards roof rack and luggage and that it is used on a regular basis and thought that Ian’s smart attire and his ‘mechanic’ made a great pair with the MG.

After judging the Mayor said "Many of us recollect that in our younger days we owned and drove some of these old cars, bringing back many memories. Judging was difficult as the owners had taken so much time and trouble to dress up themselves as well as the car."

 

The show is free for visitors to enjoy and is supported by local sponsors and advertisers. Main Sponsor red.h was on hand with their locally produced Spirits and said “Redh was proud to be a sponsor of such a well organised and supported event in our community. Thank you to all who attended to admire the beautiful cars on show.”

 

Part of the Haslemere Festival who put on many of the Towns events and organised by James Ewing, a Haslemere based Classic Car restorer, helped by his partner graphic designer Jane Puttock. James commented after the event “it has been a lot of work to get here but worth it when we see so many of the local community enjoying a great day out, there really is something for everyone to enjoy!"

Click here to see photos from the 2022 show and tour

The HCCS would like to thanks all the sponsors and fabulous people of Haslemere who helped out on the day.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE 2019 SHOW

Haslemere Festival produced this great video of the 2019 event

Would you like to support the HCCS?

As a local community event and part of the Haslemere Festival, we would love to hear from any business/individual who would like to support us, advertise in our 'lucky' programme or volunteer.

To get involved, please email us below or call James Ewing on 07802 347727

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The HCCS is a not for profit community event, run by volunteers as part of the Haslemere Festival.

 

© HCCS 2022

Photos  © HCCS, James Lynch, Joe Devanny, Sean Large