Walking home from my heathland walk I passed a lovely classic Bentley. Can I see myself driving it, of course I can. Can I see myself being happy with the miles per gallon? of course not. Current models average 13.5 mpg. So, old one’s I imagine will struggle to reach double figures.
The Egham Royal Show is an annual agricultural and horticultural event for the local community, and is now in its 160th year.
The show is on Saturday 25th August and Sunday 26th August from 10.0am till 5.30pm in Mrs Caddey’s Field, Whitehall Lane, Egham TW20 9NW. There’s free covered parking.
They must be doing something right to have succeeded in lasting 160 years. Perhaps it’s to do with the vast variety of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Here’s something of what’s available, there’s a horticultural and handicraft competition, extensive model engineering display, historic steam traction engines, tractors and static engines, scurry racing. There’s a Punch and Judy for the kids, birds of prey display, and motor cycle stunt display, plus there’s live music, food stalls, bar, and children’s fun activity centre. Oh, mustn’t forget the livestock, with pigs, sheep and Dexter cattle.
We’ve been for a number of years, including last year where we entered into the display of vintage and classic cars. Here are a few photos from last yea’s show, including of a kookaburra which I’d never seen up close before, and no, it’s not our car in the photo.
The weekend weather looks set to be warm and sunny, which is simply perfect for our visit to the Egham Royal Show, as we’ll be accompanied by our bright sunrise yellow Honda Civic Jordan VTi – an entry in the classic car show.
I say entrant, our Honda is not strictly a classic car, neither by age nor specialness. Never mind they’ve graciously allowed us to join them. It’ll be fun. It’s our first such contribution to a classic car show.
There’s plenty to do and see at the show. The livestock show always amuses and entertains – piglets sucking is one such. I’ll have to limit myself to the number of cacti and succulents I’ll expect to buy. I’ll also be diverted by the static engines – oh, and the arena events too.
The Egham Royal Show is a two day event. We went yesterday, and it’s on today too. Today there’s the Spectacular Knights of the Crusades re-enacting battles of Richard the Lionheart and King Arthur, where audience participation is invited. Sounds like fun.
Jany found interest in the horticulture and handicrafts marquee, plus the arts and crafts tent. Both of us spend ages chatting to the cacti and succulents exhibitors, before coming away with yet more cacti, and valuable knowledge.
Ambling through the vintage and classic car area meant spending time chatting to vehicle owners …… now if we’d got an extra garage then I’d certainly fill it with an old jalopy. But as we don’t, I’m saved the labour and expense.
We both enjoyed yesterday’s motorcycle stunt display, of which I’ve a short video – it’s the subject of the next article. Meanwhile, here’s my photo montage of our visit.
Possibly, Collectively Camberley’s biggest event of the year is now just one month away. Previous Camberley Car Shows that we’ve attended, in 2013 and 2015, attracted lovely sunny weather. I wonder if they’ve ordered this good weather again to shine down on the 200 plus classic and vintage vehicles.
It does surprise that rare and valuable cars are still found rotting in sheds, barns, fields, and gardens. The latest discovery is a 1963 Series 1, 3.8 E-Type Jaguar. Estimated to sell for £100,000, yet needing extensive restoration, goodness knows what it’ll be worth when renovated.
The local interest is that the car had lain under a tarpaulin cover in a Mr Frank Riches garden in Bisley for 30 years.
On my country walks I’ll have to be more observant and see if I can spot a treasured old car quietly rotting away. Although, I’ve no idea what I’d do if I found one, or what’s rare and valuable, or just if it’s rusting junk. Here’s a photo of the car. Interested in it, then visit Coys auction house for details. It’s fully described as item 113 in the catalogue.