Every show day starts with me being up at a ridiculous hour preparing to bring together a group of people from all over the country to represent our club. Most of which, end up either lost on the way or waylaid due to a breakdown. However, shows like Retro Rides Gathering are the reason I love doing it.
Upon entry to the show field you can instantly feel the the atmosphere this show provides. Eager faces stand about watching some of the spectacles make their way across the incredibly uneven field. Everything from concourse classics to big dropped American utility vehicles roll through the gates and slowly fill the show field, creating a haven for all things retro.
Shortly after greeting our stand attendees and finding a toilet, the Paddocks started to come alive as the first of the guest cars prepared for the hill.
The incredibly beautiful Datsun 240z showing it's racing pedigree in the form of this 3.1L hill climbing monster.
It doesn't end there either, the hill sees just about every car I've ever dreamed of having. A wonder around the paddocks leaving my jaw firmly in my hands.
The star of the show had to be the 920HP Ford RS200, which not only was a spectacle in the paddocks, but kept everyone talking for the following few days having lost its bonnet mid-run after "kissing the apex" a little too hard on the second corner of the hill.
Being as what brought me to love old cars so much was the Vauxhall Nova I had as my first (second, and third) car, the biggest surprise for me at this years Retro Rides Gathering was Scott Parker's recent purchase, an immaculate Diamond Black GTE.
Sadly the day just wasn't long enough. I spent most of the day on the hill, wide eyed and open mouthed. This meant I had very little time to wonder around with my camera. That being said, here are a few of my favourites.
All in all, I couldn't have asked for a better show. One of our stand members even managed to win the trophy for 'Best Race Themed Car', well deserved in my opinion too.
Richard Ellis takes home 'Best Race Themed Car' award.
Turbocharged Honda B18 engine conversion.
As the show field emptied, I said my goodbyes to those friends I see maybe only once or twice a year and wondered back to the Nova, which was now sat on it's own in the empty field.
It's safe to say, Retro Rides definitely gave me post-car show blues. Roll on Retro Rides Goodwood Weekender!