Apart from over 100 veteran cars participating in the international concours, there was plenty more for visitors
to see and enjoy. There were motorcycle stunt riding displays by Steve Colley, whose feats never cease to
amaze, and at the opposite end of the street there was further entertainment in the form of the Top Gear Road
Show. The Silverstone Classic race meeting had a large screen above their display, showing highlights from
the meeting in July. They also had a selection of classic race cars on display, and adjacent to this there was
another trip down memory lane, with the display of The McLaren M23 F1 car, which took James Hunt to his
World Drivers’ Championship win 40 years ago in 1976. His son Freddie was in attendance on the Saturday
morning to sign copies of a commemorative programme.
The Jaguar Drivers’ Club celebrated their Diamond Jubilee with a varied display of the marquee, including an
XK140 and a lurid yellow XJ220, which glowed brightly despite the overcast sky, and attracted plenty of
attention. Opposite the Jaguar display was a trio of Piper GTs, the products of a short lived specialist British
manufacturer between 1966 and 1974, with a total road car production of around 90 cars, plus a few pure
racing examples which had preceded them. Being in the centre of town, there was also emphasis on low and
zero emission cars, with a low emission motoring zone. Here TfL (Transport for London) showed the
technology used in a number of their vehicles, whilst there was a varied selection of offerings from a number of
manufacturers, including BMW with their i3 and i8 models, Kia with an electric Soul, Mitsubishi, Toyota and
Renault, the latter having examples of the Twizy and Zoe, and test drives were available in adjacent side
streets. Another popular feature was the expansive display of Triumph motorcycles, with many visitors taking
the opportunity to sit on them for photo opportunities.
The overall veteran concours winner was the sole surviving Krastin, from 1904, one of only four cars
understood to have been built by a Latvian immigrant to the USA, August Krastin, in Cleveland, Ohio, before
fire destroyed the factory and the company was bankrupted. This sole survivor was found in Nebraska, and
secured by a Latvian enthusiast, Austra Priede, who, with the help of the Riga Motor Museum, has just
completed a full restoration, enabling the car to make its debut in this year’s Veteran Car Run.