ORGANISERS have described last weekend’s Historic Vehicle Gathering as the most successful one yet after a sun-drenched weekend at Powderham.
This year’s event, the 46th of its kind, saw more than 2,000 vintage vehicles of all shapes and sizes fill the grounds of Powderham Castle, representing more than 100 years of motoring.
The prestigious award for Best in Show went to an immaculate Model T Ton Truck from 1919, owned by A J Gregory.
Judges decided that the best car award for pre-1965 models should go to a 1953 Alvis TA21 owned by Stephen Adams, with the post-1965 accolade going to Paul Martin’s 1991 Rover Mini Cooper SE.
An array of modern classics, military vehicles, steam engines, tractors, motorbikes, scooters and commercial vehicles were also recognised in their own respective categories.
One show-goer, who showcases his Mk3 Mini every year, said: ‘Overall it was very good.
‘There was a good selection of cars and also entertainment – it included bands, vehicles going around the main ring and even the chance to ride on a steam engine.’
And he added: ‘It was probably the best one I’ve been to so far. I’m certainly very excited for next year.’
Richard Nunn, a spokesman for the event which is organised by the Crash Box and Classic Car Club, said: ‘It has been a fantastic weekend with such a huge diversity of vehicles on display – some rare, others more recognised and quite a few vehicles which have lead a very interesting life on our roads.
‘Bringing such a diverse array of vehicles together with so many enthusiastic owners has reinforced the appeal of our annual event.’
As the organisers of the event, the Crash Box and Classic Car Club have also been raising funds for their chosen charities of British Red Cross Devon, Living Options Devon and Age Concern Crediton and District. In 2018, a total of £20,000 was donated to local charities.