Record numbers at Baston Car and Bike Show

Baston Car and Bike Show. David Adams and David Downs with a Nene and Welland BSA owners club  classic racing outfit EMN-140607-184849009

Baston Car and Bike Show. David Adams and David Downs with a Nene and Welland BSA owners club classic racing outfit EMN-140607-184849009

Record numbers attended the fifth annual Baston Car and Bike Show on Sunday.

Organisers said that in the region of 4,500 people attended the event held at the Brudenell Playing Fields - significantly more people than had been expected to attend.

There were more than 425 cars and 200 bikes on display for visitors to peruse.

One of the highlights was the reasonably priced car from BBC’s Top Gear, a Kia Picanto, with many visitors taking the opportunity to sit in the same seat as the likes of Tom Cruise, Rowan Atkinson and Cameron Diaz. A cut-out of The Stig nearby also proved a hit with camera-wielding visitors.

The crayon car was popular with younger visitors showing off their artistic side on the car, which started the day as a white blank canvas and finished as a colourful creation.

Chairman of the organising committee Tony Squires said: “With visitor numbers, this year’s show was the biggest event we have run so far.

“The show is still relatively new but it’s growing significantly. We always set out to do the best event we can do for the community.

“We were particularly lucky with the weather. It was forecast rain and it was a bit overcast in the morning but in the afternoon the sun came out and so did the visitors.

“We were really impressed with the turnout and we were really impressed with the feedback we got. Overall, it went well.”

The show prides itself on combining vintage vehicles with modern manufacturers and there were nine local car dealerships represented, including BMW, Audi, Honda, Volvo and Ford. From the show last year, dealerships sold about £500,000 worth of cars.

Organisers are still counting the proceeds but once figures are known, the committee will approach the village to see where best to spend the funds. In previous years, the committee has been able to help the cricket club with new nets and enabled the brownie group to see a pantomime.

There were also collection buckets for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, which relies on donations to keep it’s life-saving service in the air.

Live bands, a fairground, a barbecue and a bar serving real ales completed the day’s line-up.

Mr Squires thanked the organising committee - Simon Watson, Simon Burdock, Andrew Winham, Amanda Goodbun, Doug Balderson, Ben Field and Phil Stevens - for their efforts, as well as the helpers from the village.

Next year’s show will run on Sunday, July 5, 2015.




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