Kent County Show Ground, Maidstone - Saturday 28th March 2015
With the Kent Countys Showgrounds new Astor Pavillion Exhibition Hall and surrounding outside areas full to capacity with vehicles and exhibitors of all kinds from vintage, classic & prototype cars, motorcycles, pushbikes, tractors this proved to be a bigger and better show than lasts years superb one.
Speaking to Ellie Nicholl & Bernard Pike,who organise and help sort this show, and a great job they are making of it. Ellie said "There were about 150 more vehicles and exhibitors than last year. More space needed to be organise for next year show as inside halls were full to capacity. This is something we will be working on."
Rod ,Wendy, Conrad & Ken had the FFA Area set up friday evening and early saturday morning with their own and members tractors on display, information boards and merchandise out for all to see.
1960 Industrial Power Major fitted with a Cooke 2 speed winch & Cameron Gardener rear loader
Owner is Ian Prince, Billericay, Essex
Tea coffee and cake were on demand all day. Wendy and Lyn were kept busy by the many members old & newly joinned aswell as old friends who visited or exhibited at the show. That is the great thing about this show it is so relaxed, friendly and to have our FFA Area for the "Ol boys" to sit , relax and chat about old times. Listening to their stories is something that is really enjoyable.
Anyway it was time to wander off and take in the various club stalls,exhibitors and vehicles at the show.
building a scale replica model of certain trains.
.......... aswell as this superb Road working Roller display
1939 Triumph Dolomite14/65 Roadster Coupe. The present owner has owned it since 1964.
1960 Auto-Union 1000S Saloon with a 3 cyl 2 stroke engine, front wheel drive and 6 volts electrics.
The Auto-Union is the forerunner of Audi and the now famous Audi badge can be ssen on the boot.
A very original car that has not been welded or fully restored, only a respray and re-chrome in 1994.
This vehicle has the front running gear from a Renault Gordinni with a cross flow 1400cc engine & 5 speed gearbox. The deisgn is based on pre and just post war period GP racing cars with details from Alfa Romeo, Maserati, ERA and Mercedes Benz.
The chassis, body moulds, components like lights, instruments clusters and steering wheel were all homemade and took the owner nearly 4.5 yrs to complete.
Austin Healey 3000 MK2...Awsome, best Vehicle at show for me. When I saw this i became a useless dribbling mess !!
A pair of Morris Ambulances and still owned by London Ambulance Service. These are fully kitted as if they had been parked up yesterday. Siren bell on the front together with Paraffin heater for the patients comforts in the rear !!
BEA Airport RF's
After the war London Transport obtained the contract to operate services between Central London and the various London Airports (at Heathrow, Croydon and Northolt) on behalf of British European Airways, the nationalised "local" airline. Initially they operated a fleet of Commer Commandoes, with classic "deck and a half" bodies, the rear portion of seating raised above the commodious luggage compartment.
These only seated 18 passengers, and the rapidly increasing size of postwar passenger aircraft soon outstripped them. By the early 1950s LT had persuaded BEA to buy a new fleet of coaches, and convinced them that a design based on the forthcoming RF might be rather more expensive in the short term but would be much more long-lived. Park Royal designed a new deck-and-a-half body, but to a mould-breaking shape: the large luggage compartment was still there, with seats above, but now the roof line was continued forwards to give a spacious, modern-feeling cabin.
This RF was being restored by the owner and had been used by British European Airways for London pick up's for Barcelona (Spain) Flights
Beadle bodied East Kent Leyland coach FFN 446
This 1938 35-seater Beadle bus was the one I chose to ride around the County Showground area on
it's seats were very comfy, the inside was original and smelt of old and it drove like a dream.
On my way back I visited the model section and found a scaled version of the Beadle I had just ridden in.
Thanks to Rodney & Wendy Gibson, Chris Aust, Conrad Hopkins, Ken Bailey, Lyn & Ian Prince for all their help setting up and through out the day on the FFA Stand. Roll on next year.....
Words & Photos - Ernie
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Another Fantastic Kent Heritage Transport Show.