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A report of my visiting these various events throughout the year...

Retromobile, Porte d'Versailles, Paris 5th to 8th February 2015. This is the 40th anniversary year for this classic car enthusiasts event. I visited over the weekend of 7th & 8th and found it very hectic especialy in the automobilia and toy & model sections. The artwork dealers gallery was very pleasing and I met up with my artist friend Franacoise Vanaret who was commissioned to produce the painting for the cover of my book "Unique Lalique Mascots". He made me very welcome and we discussed the next follow-up editon with a proposed cover of a Vitesse (Goddess of Speed) mascot in situ, possibly on a Bentley? Having spent many hours wandering around the isles it's difficult to take photos with all the people milling around! However I did manage to get some shots and also am obliged to Artcurial Auctions for permitting me to go into their exclusive encloseur to take some shots of some very exotic automobiles. All in all a great show, easy to get to from London via Eurostar to Gare du Nord and a few stops away on the Metro to the exhibition center.... I'll be back!

A superb Dusenberg with a Lalique Vittese mascot in situ.
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Hove Town Hall Art Deco fair
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Paris Retromobile show
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The French Retromobile classic car show. Images from the show....
Lalique Victoire seen on a Bentley
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'Victoire' Lalique Art Deco car mascot adorning a Bentley of the 1950's era.

ModelWorld at the Brighton Centre...

This years show was very much in the same format as previous years (without Robot Wars and Tank Battles, which was a shame). The Titanic 'sank' again!... to the delight of the children watching. Pick up all sorts of railway accessories, books, collectables  and other ephemera in the market area. Some wonderful dioramas set out. All in all a great family fun day out.
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Race Retro at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire...

Another great annual event with some fantastic classic cars on display and some for sale as well in the Silverstone auction house building. A good selection of autojumble for the enthusiast to browse and buy. Many racing personalities including the jovial Jaguar representative Norman Dewis. An easy event to get round in a day.
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The Ardingly Autojumble...

This is held twice a year in the Abergevenny building at The South of England Showground. If you can stand the cold you may bag a bargain at this event. 
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The Geneva Motor Show...

I visited the Geneva Motor Show at The Polexpo Exhibition Centre the week of 9th to 14th March, and as usual there were many new car launches. I was particulary interested to see the new Morgan Aero 8.
No real news on the 'ousting' of Morgan chairman and MD Charles Morgan as the staff were not too happy to discuss this topic with me! It's a shame they no longer have the Classic Car Show along with vintage aircraft at this venue, of which I visited many times in the past.
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The Classic Car & Vintage Retro Show...

This has now become an annual event staged near the London Eye on the South Bank (of the Thames). This is for lovers of classic cars along with vintage and retro style of the 1950's & 60's including clothing and accessories etc. Lots of big 'Yank Tanks' on show. Very good food served from classic 'chuck wagons' in the form of ancient Citroen 2CV's  etc. One to meet-up with like-minded friends and go clubbing on the Saturday night to the after party over the weekend!
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The annual Geneva Motor Show at The Palexpo Exhibition Centre, Switzerland...

This show is on a very large scale and although located as part of the Geneva Airport complex it takes more than a day to look around (a mistake I made with not enough time!). The usual fair with launch of new models of the well-known makes of supercars as well as the new BMW Mini series continuing and my fav the new Morgan Plus 8 and Aero 8 along with the new  improved three wheeler pocket-rocket.
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The Classic Vehical Gathing at The Mayberry Garden Centre, Portslade, Sussex, Sunday 22nd March...
A very pleasant Sunday morning spent admiring the classic cars and Land Rovers gathered in the car park. Coffee & rock cakes in hand! 
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The 76th Motorcycle Pioneer Run...
All manner of veteran & vintage motorbikes, sidecars, three wheelers and the like coming from all parts of the south of England along with numerous classic & modern bikes to parade on Brighton's Madeira on Sunday 22nd March. 
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The Brooklands to Brighton MG Regency Run of  Sunday May 10th...
A fine and warm day at last!  Plenty of 'bog standard' MG B's, Midgets etc.  But also the rarer RV8's and of course the lovely 'T' series in both two & four seater guises, all lined-up on the seafront along Brighton's Madeira Drive.
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The Art Deco show and fair at Eltham Palace on Saturday 16th May...

Smallish event but a great location of the Courthoulds family with many Art Deco furnished rooms. A great day out!
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The London to Brighton Mini clubs (SMOC) run on Sunday 17th May...
Thousands of Mini's descended on Brighton seafront! Also on Sunday 12th July was Mini's on the Rec (Shoreham recreation ground)... we could not make-it this year, sorree!
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Fort Newhaven classi car show presented by Southern Classics on Sunday 17th May...
A very good club showing at this very interesting location overlooking Newhaven harbour in East Sussex.
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The London to Brighton Classic Car and Kit Car Show with Brighton Beach Concours de' Elegance on Sunday 31st May...

Poor weather dampened this day by spirits were running high! The autojumble stands either did not turn-up or packed up early on in the morning of the event although the cars did not start to arrive until late lunchtime. Usualy a well attended event this... So better weather is hoped for in 2016!
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The Bromley Pageant on Sunday 7th June...

This is a fantastic one day show with vehicals coming from all quarters of the UK to take part. With a large autojumble area and cars for sale compound, this is an annual  family orientated event not to be missed! 
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The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival June 13th & 14th...

This is now an established annual event for veteran, vintage and classic cars. I visited on the Saturday and found the numbers 'down' compared to previous years' with not so many activities on offer. However it's well worth attending to see the sights and sounds of latter day vehicals using the new 'Mercedes-Benz World' circuit, part of the remaining banking and the 'Test Hill'. Great action all day long!
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Still to come, the smaller *events as The Brooklands Classic Car Show & Autojumble, The Capel Classic Car Show, Bexhill Classic Car Event, The Isle of White Classic Car Extravaganza, The Hastings Classic Car Show and The Brighton Art Deco show... apologies as  BROOKLANDS  is a MAJOR event!

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The Classic Car Show at the Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum site on Sunday 21st June...

A  nice little show with about 100 or so classic cars turning up. A fantastic venue with a motor museum, a miniture light railway to have a ride on, a bird sanctuary to wander around and  home made teas!
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The Wiston Steam Rally & Classic Car Show,weekend of 11th & 12th July...

Good attendance as very close to Steyning village in West Sussex.
A very well set-out event with plenty of family fun to be had on the old fashion wood merry-go-rounds and steam driven rides etc.  Plenty to see in the large marquee with outside stalls of autojumble and household wares etc. We were very impressed!
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The Rowfant Classic Car Show at Rowfant House on Sunday 12th July....

Rowfant House near Crawley, West Sussex is a small manor house with extensive grounds for this classic car show. More veteran and vintage vehicals were on show here along with a smattering of classics and some military vehicals and some odd-balls as well.  The Aston Marin ans RR clubs turned-up with some wonderful examples on show. Shame about the day long drizzle compared with the baking Sun for the proceeding day!

The Bloomin Great British Tea Party on 20/6/15 In aid of The Marie Curie Cancer Care Trust
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Bentley Motor Museum classic car show
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Bentley Motor Museum classic car show
MG's yes... but look at what else turned up!
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MG's yes... but look at what else turned up!
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MG's yes... but look at what else turned up!
Morgan 1909-2009 Centenary two seater Plus 4 sports
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Morgan 1909-2009 Centenary two seater Plus 4 sports
Austin Pathfinder, J40 and Morgan pedal cars (as featured in the book "Children's Automobile" by G.G. Weiner)
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Austin Pathfinder, J40 and Morgan pedal cars (as featured in the book "Children's Automobile" by G.G. Weiner)
Breves Lalique Galleries in London inter-war period ad' poster
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Bentley and RR by Tri-ang Sharna Division (now residing in "The Cars of the Stars Museum" in Miami, Fla.)
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Bentley and RR by Tri-ang Sharna Division (now residing in "The Cars of the Stars Museum" in Miami, Fla.)
'Victoire' car mascot by Lalique on a Bugatti Type 57 sports tourer
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'Victoire' car mascot by Lalique on a Bugatti Type 57 sports tourer
Lalique, a superb 'Epsom' car mascot on Breves Galleries iluminated radiator base, display mounted
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Lalique, a superb 'Epsom' car mascot on Breves Galleries iluminated radiator base, display mounted
Stonleigh Showground in Warwickshire classic car show
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Stonleigh Showground in Warwickshire classic car show
Stoneleigh classic car show
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Geneva Motor Show at the Palexpo Exhibition Halls, Geneva.
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Geneva Motor Show at the Palexpo Exhibition Halls, Geneva.
MGOwners'Club marquee
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MGOwners'Club marquee
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MG Car Club Run from Brooklands to Brighton
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Lalique pair of Hirndelle bookends at Eltham Palace (in Courtoulds bedroom) at the Art Deco Show
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Lalique pair of Hirndelle bookends at Eltham Palace (in Courtoulds bedroom) at the Art Deco Show
General view from minstrels gallery at Eltham Palce Art Deco Fair
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General view from minstrels gallery at Eltham Palce Art Deco Fair
London to Brighton Mini clubs run
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London to Brighton Mini clubs run
Classic cars line-up Inside the parade ground of the fort
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Classic cars line-up Inside the parade ground of the fort

Fort Newhaven classic car show
Lovely Ferrari Mondial T cabriolet
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Lovely Ferrari Mondial T cabriolet
The London to Brighton Classic Car and Kit Car run
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The London to Brighton Classic Car and Kit Car run
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The London to Brighton Classic Car and Kit Car run
.... Brian get out of the way!
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.... Brian get out of the way!
Nice Morgan Plus 4 on this run
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Nice Morgan Plus 4 on this run
Morgan Super Sports barrel-back trike of 1936
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Morgan Super Sports barrel-back trike of 1936
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A Yank-Tank at The Bromley Classic Car Show
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A Yank-Tank at The Bromley Classic Car Show
Part of the Autojumble area at Bromley
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Part of the Autojumble area at Bromley
The Jaguar club display  at Bromley
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The Jaguar club display at Bromley
The Ferrari Clubs at Bromley
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The Ferrari Clubs at Bromley
*Some the the events 'down south' mentioned here
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*Some the the events 'down south' mentioned here
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