Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A 'Golden Generation of Motoring' Brought to Life

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A 'Golden Generation of Motoring' Brought to Life

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Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com

CAR lovers are set for a bumper weekend of petrol powered fun later this month with two high-profile motoring events set to roll into town.

August 21 will see the Bishop Auckland Market Place, in County Durham, turned into an open-air car showroom with a selection of the region's best known motor dealers exhibiting their new ranges ahead of this September's number plate change.

And two days later, classic car fans will be revving up to bring a blast of the past to Auckland Castle with more than 80 vehicles expected to park up at the former palace home of England's only Prince Bishops.

An array of vintage vehicles from the past century will be on display set against the picturesque backdrop of the medieval castle and its grounds.

Enthusiasts from across the North East will be bringing their treasured wheels to the one-day event, which has been organised by Bishop Auckland-based classic car fanatic Malcolm Vance.

Visitors will be able to take a step back in time with everything from a sporty 1979 Lotus Esprit S2 similar to the white S1 version used in the James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, to a 1966 Mercedes 250SE that was once owned by the head of Express Newspapers and the Cunard Steam Ship Company, Lord Victor Matthews, set to be on display. Among other cars from the bygone era of motoring that will be making the journey to Auckland Castle will be a stylish 1963 Jaguar Mark Two Saloon as beloved by Inspector Morse, 1924 Morris Cowley, 1948 Bentley, Armstrong Hurricane, jaunty 1983 Panther Kallista, Pontiac Trans AM, diminutive 1937 Austin Seven Ruby, and a Ford Capri 280.

Mr Vance, 69, who used to run his own financial services business in Bishop Auckland, said: "It will be a day of pure nostalgia. These days you wouldn't normally drive around in these cars, but there will be people who remember doing so, and for the younger generation it will bring to life a golden age of motoring.

"We will have a treasure trove of rare and timeless vehicles on the day. I can't think of a better setting to show off some of motoring history's finest cars than at Auckland Castle. …

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