Despite early rain fall, this year’s Annual Classic Car & Bike Meet in Romsey, Hampshire was another highly successful one. Before our start time of 9am one car park was, amazingly, almost full with very early arrivals but sadly, then came a heavy rain shower & incoming traffic slowed somewhat 'til about 9.50am, when thankfully the rain stopped & the sun came out again. Almost immediately the incoming flow of vehicles resumed & in no time our second car park was full & we began putting vehicles into our new car parks in the bus station area of Broadwater Road!!
The newly positioned Bike Park worked well & whilst bike numbers were down due to the rainfall, there was a real hive of activity in that new area, helped undoubtedly by the new addition of a 2nd food & drink van supplied by our good friends at G & J catering. Once again, all manner of vehicles & bikes came along, including some unusual & exotic marques with highlights being a beautiful & very rare ’64 Bizzarini race car, a stunning Lagonda, a beautiful ‘69 "General Lee" Dodge Charger signed by John Schneider of the original Dukes of Hazzard TV series & amongst the stunning two wheeled machinery once again a regular visitor bought his extremely rare & beautiful Brough Superior motorcycle!
The sun continued to shine & vehicles & people came & went, with car numbers somewhere between 450 - 500 & bikes around the 150 mark & once again a huge number of viewing public -around 2,000 all told. The Charity's collection tins, (Prostate Cancer Charity), rattled all morn with people kindly donating & the collection figure was once again up this year, with a total of £1015 collected in those few hours.
The event seems to grow each year, as do the organising headaches for me but it’s all made worthwhile when I see everyone enjoy themselves so much. When we actually get a chance to look around, we see so many stunning & varied machines that you all kindly bring along! Thank you to you all, thank you to all who kindly donate their hard earned cash to our charity & thank you to all the spectators that travel from far & wide, we appreciate you all.
-Steve Biddlecombe, (Mr B the Barber)