The annual Classic Car Day held at the National Trust’s Killerton House just north-east of Exeter in Devon, on Sunday the 13th May was a magnificent mecca for anyone into classic cars of all sorts.
The weather, despite not having promised much on the lead-up to the event, was glorious with wall-to-wall sunshine bedazzling the swathes of chrome and shiny paintwork in every hue imaginable. This is always a popular event and by ten o’clock, there wasn’t a space to be had in the normal car parks and so the organisers had to utilise a large field right next to the exhibition area.
Highlights amongst the 500 or so cars on display were a clutch of wonderful Volvo Amazon estates, a pristine Citroën 2CV Charleston imported from the south of France less than a year ago, a bright yellow Marcos, first gen BMW M3, Ferrari Testarossa, Lancia Montecarlo.
However, for me anyway, the pièce de résistance, was a 1959 Porsche 356 in gleaming Graphite Metallic – this was an Outlaw car and had been lovingly restored and upgraded by local Porsche heroes Roger Bray Restoration.
Of course there were the usual favourites from MG, Triumph, Austin, Ford, and Jaguar. A standout car here was a rare Ford Corsair Estate by Abbotts of Farnham, in gleaming white and something I had not seen before.
All these beauties were served up in a beautiful stately home and gardens setting and with food stalls aplenty and ice cream to help keep you cool. What a grand day out it was!