By Glen Laidlaw
THE weather forecast said “wet” but the reality was far different and in brilliant sunshine we made the short journey from Langholm to Netherby Hall, Longtown for the annual Vintage & Classic Car Show last weekend.
This was the fourth time the organisers had held this event and, having never been to any of the previous shows, we were unsure what to expect.
A small entrance fee of £5 each gave little indication of just how well organised and enjoyable the event would prove to be.
The only ‘downside’ was the well-meaning woman on the gate who asked whether we were senior citizens. I wasn’t sure whether she meant Deborah or me.
Once our car had been parked and we had bought the obligatory Pelosi’s ice cream from the van, it was time to look at the exhibits.
It was immediately apparent that this was not a small affair. Indeed, the variety of motor vehicles on display, both vintage and modern, came as something of a surprise and it’s fair to say there really was something for everyone.
An ultra-modern Tesla gave a demonstration of its abilities, while gleaming vintage motors of a bygone age glimmered nearby in the sunshine, admired by both young and old enthusiasts alike.
A display of more than a dozen Morgans took pride of place to the rear of the hall, while alongside sat rows of MGs, Minis and other classics.
Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Jaguars, MGs, Morgans, Singers, Bristols, the variety of
vehicles was truly comprehensive.
The owners of these wonderful machines were clearly proud of them and more than happy to answer questions from someone, whose knowledge of motor cars is restricted to knowing vaguely what the steering wheel is used for. Nevertheless, the 100 plus cars on display weren’t the only attractions to enjoy. Visitors were also entitled to visit the hall itself and walk the well-kept lawns and huge walled garden.
Later in the afternoon many of the exhibitors started to pack up and leave, an indication, perhaps, that they had made lengthy journeys to partake in the event.
All-in-all, this was a show which exceeded all expectations and, while the good weather clearly played a huge part in the overall enjoyment, there is little doubt that this event would appeal to all the family.