Classic car show to drive in crowds

picture of ilkeston classic car show Model T Ford at a previous show. submitted by freelance Kevin Palmer.
picture of ilkeston classic car show Model T Ford at a previous show. submitted by freelance Kevin Palmer.

Erewash Partnership will hold its third annual heritage and classic vehicle show on Sunday, August 16 - bringing the sights and sounds from yesteryear to Ilkeston’s historic Market Place.

So far, more than 150 vehicles have been registered from across the Midlands to enter the free show, which has been a popular draw for people of all ages over the last two years.

This year, the partnership is expecting the number of entrants to reach around 200 to make it bigger than its predecessors.

Like last year, the oldest exhibit booked in so far is a 1924 Model T Ford. Others include a 1958 Alvis Saladin armoured car and a 1954 Shelvoke and Drewry lorry formerly used by Mansfield Corporation which will make its first public outing in six years.

Nottingham Area Bus Society will bring old Barton, Trent and Midland General buses that ran services from the Market Place in years gone by.

Colson Transport of Heanor will show off a lorry which competes in truck races.

Ilkeston car dealership Ron Brooks Toyota is again awarding the prize for car of the show.

Following their success last year characters from Star Wars in the form of the 501st Legion UK Garrison will be taking the area by storm, the Bat-Pod will be on display and the UKG Stig will put in an appearance.

There will a craft fair, models and retro gifts. Ilkeston Brass will be performing and there will be a barbecue, hog roast and cakes from Stacey’s Bakery.

Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “We have had great support for sponsors and others and intend to put on a super show with something for all the family to enjoy.”

The event takes place between 10am-4pm.

Roads around the Market Place will be closed to normal traffic as vehicles start to arrive. The closures will be in place from 5.30am to 6.30pm on Sunday August 16. Bath Street from East Street to the Market Place, Wharncliffe Road from Albert Street and South Street from Coronation Street are the affected routes.

New sponsors include Trentbarton, Larklands Body and Paint, and Long Eaton based TecQuipment, who will present a trophy.

Other main sponsors and supporters include Erewash Borough Council and insurance firm Routen Chaplin.