Bardwell’s ‘one off’ car show returns for the fourth time

Three 1930s saloons lined up under Bardwell village signs, from the left a Morris Major, Austin Seven and Austin Six ANL-150525-231414009
Three 1930s saloons lined up under Bardwell village signs, from the left a Morris Major, Austin Seven and Austin Six ANL-150525-231414009

A vintage and classic car show begun as a one-off event for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee returned to Bardwell village green on Sunday for the fourth time.

The Cars on Bardwell Village Green has proved so successful to car owners and visitors alike that this year the organisers had to stop taking entries in February.

Ted and Anne Boyton with their 1988 Citroen 2CV ANL-150525-231432009

Ted and Anne Boyton with their 1988 Citroen 2CV ANL-150525-231432009

More than 120 cars turned up, ranging in style from a 1988 Citroën 2CV to the model that took best car prize, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing, valued at £1.2 million.

Several car clubs were represented by groups of members, so there were good line ups of certain makes, such as the pre-war Austins.

But the good selection of individual owners taking part meant you could see cars of all ages next to each other, for example, a 1938 Austin 8 sat beside a 1980s Toyota MR2 and a World War II Jeep.

Organiser David Ruffles said: “It has got bigger each year, but this year it went off the scale. From a little event we’re blown away at how big it has become.

A couple take a close look under the bonnet of a 1939 Austin 8 ANL-150525-231519009

A couple take a close look under the bonnet of a 1939 Austin 8 ANL-150525-231519009

“We had exhibitors from all over East Anglia. Most of them brought chairs and a picnic and sat beside their cars on the green.”

Though visitors got in free, it gave village organisations the chance to raise money through stalls, selling refreshments and a raffle.

A classic Jaguar E-Type  gets the last marks dusted off  its  British Racing Green paintwork ANL-150525-231504009

A classic Jaguar E-Type gets the last marks dusted off its British Racing Green paintwork ANL-150525-231504009