Classic Ilkeston car show proves a hit with crowds

A huge variety of classic cars were on display.
A huge variety of classic cars were on display.

Vintage vehicles drew in the crowds at the third Ilkeston classic car show at the weekend with more than 4,000 people turning out.

Around 200 classic cars, bikes and buses were on display at the market place, including a Triumph Vitisse, a 100E Ford Anglia that appeared in Heartbeat, an AC Cobra and unrestored American cars and pickups.

Triumph Vitisse owner Ian Smith chats with visitors about his car.

Triumph Vitisse owner Ian Smith chats with visitors about his car.

The oldest exhibit was a 1924 Model T Ford. Others included a 1958 Alvis Saladin armoured car and a 1954 Shelvoke & Drewry lorry formerly used by Mansfield Corporation.

Organisers, Erewash Partnership, said it attracted more people than ever before. Chief executive Ian Viles said: ““It was a great turn out that showed Ilkeston at its best – feedback from visitors that came from Ilkeston, and as far away as Stafford, Stoke and Nuneaton has been very positive.

“We are very grateful to the businesses that supported the event and to our band of volunteers.”

Visitors also enjoyed a craft fair, models and retro gifts, as well as a performance from Ilkeston Brass. Refreshments included a barbecue, a hog roast, and cakes from

Stacey’s Bakery. A total of £622.30 was raised for Derbyshire Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.