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London, 22 June 2014

The Classic & Supercar Pageant is organised by the St John’s Wood Business Association, whose Chairman is Clive Beecham, owner of the 2nd Stirling Moss 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, chassis # 2735 GT. One of the purposes of the initiative, along with others during the course of the year, is to promote the high street as a focal point of the community, in this case St John’s Wood High Street, close to Lords Cricket Ground in North London. The high street is closed for the day to host the free to everybody event, which apart from the car display features family entertainment and live music, and is sponsored by Knight Frank, Fox Gregory and H.R. Owen, with further support from local businesses. The proceeds from the sale of programmes and donations go to benefit two charities, Rays of Sunshine (for seriously ill children) and John’s Hospice (for terminally ill individuals), so the benefits to the community are many fold.

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A fine, hot and sunny day attracted large crowds of appreciative people to enjoy the spectacle on their local high street, and a number from further afield, who just happened to be passing through. The show may not be large in terms of numbers of cars on display, but quantity doesn’t always equate to quality, and the show had quality in abundance. It also featured a very diverse array of vehicles, ranging from a 1935 Austin Taxi to a Ferrari Enzo. Along the way there were a trio of pre-war Bentleys, and also from that era there was a very original Bugatti T37, a Frazer Nash TT Replica, a HRG and an Austin Seven Chummy saloon. Bentley also featured post-war, with an elegant metallic ruby red Continental S2 Drophead Coupe, whilst H.R. Owen had a Continental GT V8S in their display.

Ferrari were well represented, with a 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a 330 GT 2+2, a 275 GTS and GTB4, a GTO (288), F50 and Enzo, whilst the Lamborghinis present spanned from a Miura SV, through a Silhouette, Espada and Countach LP 5000 S, to an example of the latest Aventador, courtesy once again of H.R. Owen. Amongst the other marques on display were a Porsche 356 Carrera GT, a 911 Carrera 2.7 RS, and a Carrera GT, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (one of the rare aluminium bodied examples), a Jaguar C-Type and a trio of Aston Martins. A great little show with a nice relaxed atmosphere, helping worthy causes – everybody wins!

Keith Bluemel