Alton Classic Car Show 2022 Another Great Success for Alton Lions

Alton Classic Car Show 2022 was another huge success with more than 140 vehicles lining the streets and drivers on hand to chat about the stories behind them.

They brought the town alive as hundreds of visitors thronged to see them, enjoying the sunshine and the on-street entertainment, not least the iconic Vehicles from the Movies, amongst them Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, the ‘flashing’ Ghostbusters Ecto-1 a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, a 1931 Willys-Knight used for the 1967 Bonnie & Clyde Film together with the Heartbeat Morris Minor police car and the distinctive 1967 Fiat Gamine ‘Noddy Car.’ van, (owned by Rod Harvey)

From the bold Americans to Simon Henderson’s ‘Best in Show’ Porsche 356A Cabriolet, and from Robert Law’s Norton Triumph to Bonnie and Clyde’s 1931 Willy Knight (the prized possession of Simon Butler) it was an opportunity to wallow in nostalgia.

Organised for the second year running by Alton Lions Club, supported by Alton Town Council this, Alton’s 18th Classic Car Show, was a winner, thanks in no small way to primary sponsor and MC, Dean Phillips of The Little Grey Cells, who brought some interesting ideas to the table, not least the movies cars.

Thanks go also to VIP guests, Town Mayor of Alton, cllr Ginny Boxall and consort, husband Gary Boxall; to sponsors SpecSavers, AJ Landrovers, Ross Andrews, Honey Lettings, Wildly Upbeat Printers; and to professional driver, Giles Lock, who ran a successful pre-show Drive and Observational Rally.

During the day exhibitors and visitors alike were able to investigate the future of motoring with a display of electric vehicles, courtesy of Energy Alton. Also to enjoy music by Teddy’s Jazzmen, Hulin, Band X and Blue Eyed Soul, organised by Catherine Jackson, plus dancing courtesy of Minden Rose and Knickerbocker Glory,  outstanding performances by the Alton Rock Choir, and intergalactic appearances by Darth Vader and his Star Wars friends.

Alton’s Wey Valley Radio broadcast live from the Show and joined for a short time in the morning by BBC Radio Surrey.

Taking photographs were Jenny Joel and Lion Mike Gwynne, the show website was the creation of Paul and Roger Joel, there was a Craft Market, led by Nicola Plumb, with stalls selling everything from cakes to model cars.

The project was led by Lion Mike Baker with his team of Lions and other local volunteers. Thanks go to the highly valued band of supporters, joined this year by a handful of Alton Westbrook Guides, and three teams of Alton Ambassadors, who cleared the streets of litter after the event.

Commenting on the event, Alton Lions President, Moira Baker, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome so many exhibitors and visitors to Alton and, as always, our shop keepers and hospitality outlets did the town proud.

“In thanking the organisers for their hard work, two of our exhibitors summed it up by thanking the town for its ‘kindness and for making it ‘a very special day out’ “