Project Description

A Gathering of minds

To experience the true diversity of car culture in this country, a trip to Retro Rides Gathering is a must.

It’s a surreal cocktail of the awesome and the daft. For example, where else could you see a 900bhp Ford RS200 hillclimb monster blast up the Shelsley Walsh hill, followed by a Cobra-engined 1930s rat rod, a pink smoke-spewing BMW drift car and the just-for-shits-and-giggles crawl of a Fiat 126? Nowhere on earth, that’s where.

So rather than blather on trying to describe the indescribable, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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Car of the day was undoubtedly the incredible Mazda rotary-engined Jaguar E-Type. Although it wasn’t quite finished, it drew hordes of admirers throughout the day, eager to see it in the flesh after following its build online.

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I also had a soft spot for this beefy Vauxhall Firenza. So tough.

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And it was good to see the Wacky Races Bedford van back at the Gathering. Unless you’ve seen it in action, you won’t believe how quick this thing is.

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Unfortunately, it got a fatal ‘death rattle’ during one of its runs, and had to be delicately nursed back into the pits.

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And finally, if one thing sums up the spirit of Retro Rides Gathering, it’s the sight of a 1970s Rolls Royce taxi wafting up the hill – complete with royal-waving passenger.

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