Taking over ten years to painstakingly create by owner John Crowhurst in Cape Town and the UK, the car features a 27 litre Meteor engine from a Centurion tank which had been sent to South Africa in 1952. John’s vision was to create a design which embodied the best features of 1930s speed record breaking cars. The car has five radiators, two gearboxes, a central driving position and a rear bench seat for two passengers.
John said: “For a car of this type almost everything has to be designed and bespoke as very little can be bought off the shelf. It’s now driveable but needs some improvements before the show, including to the silencers, so we can release the Spitfire roar of the engine! I’m also searching for a track to test the various systems.”
Stuart Annett, Show Secretary, commented: “We’re beyond excited to see this one-of-a-kind beast debut at the show! It’s a truly inspirational build and completely captures the glamour and beauty of the golden age of motorsport.”
If you are a registered charity located within 30 miles of Sherborne, Dorset, then you can apply for funding from the charity funds which we expect to raise at our 2018 show. Awards from £1,000 to £10,000 will be considered by the Trustees of the Sherborne Classic Cars CIO.
The design for the original Land Rover was started in 1947 by Maurice Wilks, chief designer at the Rover Company, and his brother Spencer, managing director of Rover. The early vehicles only came in various shades of light green, as dictated by military surplus supplies of aircraft cockpit paint, and all models until recently featured a sturdy box section ladder-frame chassis.
Nigel Young, Chairman of the Show, comments: “After a hugely successful show last year, and with £130,000 raised for charity over the past four years what could be better for 2018 than to celebrate 70 years of the Land Rover. Land Rovers, for me, signify the best of British and I’m looking forward to seeing the range from 1948 Series ‘1’ to the very latest Range Rovers all on display.”
This prestigious charity event, now in its 15th year, is regarded as one of the premier classic and supercar shows in the South of England. Over 2,000 cars will be exhibited including Vintage, Classic, Rally, Race, Supercars, American, Custom and Hot Rods. There will be over 150 trade, craft and autojumble stands plus a Charterhouse car auction, live music in the catering village, amusements for children and beautiful picnic places in the Castle grounds.
For more information on the show visit www.classic-supercars.co.uk.
Our special presentation event held and Sherborne Castle on Friday, was attended by representatives of the recipient charities together with our sponsors and supporters, Yeovil Inner Wheel and members of the Rotary Clubs of Brue Valley, Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale.
Our event Presidents, Edward and Maria Winfield Digby, presented a cheque for £10,000 to our headline charity, Cancer Research UK. The remainder of the charitable money was presented to a range of local charities, all of whom operate within 30 miles of our show site. Each received sums between £2,750 and £3,000, which to these small and dedicated charities makes a significant difference. Thank you to everyone who helped us make this possible.
Cancer Research UK – An Internationally respected organisation dedicated to Cancer research and 80p of every poud donated goes directly to Research.
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance – Our local emergency response organisation who need to raise £2 million per year.
St Margaret’s Hospice – At the heart of Somerset’s community for over 37 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.
Like Minds – Started in October 2015. Like Minds works with people experiencing mild to moderate mental health conditions, whether diagnosed or not. The project provides one to one counselling as well as facilitated and peer support groups.
Riding for the Disabled – The aim is to enable riders of all abilities to ride a pony or a mechanical horse/ riding simulator. We have 80 riders registered of all ages from 4yrs up to 80yrs.
Wincanton Parkinson’s UK – The Charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life. It endeavours to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s. Striving for better treatments in years – not decades.
Yeovil Free Wheelers – The longest serving blood bike group in the UK starting up in 1978. Our Group has no financial support from national or local government nor from Yeovil District Hospital, the source of the majority of our tasks. All members are volunteers
Mosaic. Supporting Bereaved Children in Dorset – A child–centred service, offering a pathway of support for bereaved children, young people and their families. Also providing support for young people who are facing the death of a parent or loved one.
Go Girls.– Supports women with gynaecological cancers with their unique blend of advice, support and hugs. This year they have raised £25,000 for the Cancer Appeal to fund a counselling suite at Dorset County Hospital.
Growing Space – A charity, working in the Balsam Centre. They grow the fruit and veg for the café and local schools, whilst helping people who are experiencing emotional difficulties. They also run activities to boost self-confidence and give training and support to people with learning disabilities.
Future Roots. – Founded by Julie Plumley in 2006. It uses two farming sites in Dorset to provide effective solutions to health and social problems by re-engaging young people with learning and enhance the well-being of adults when they are isolated or have long term illnesses.
Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association – Provides support to anyone affected by eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder and all related conditions.
Sherborne Area Youth & Community Centre – Operating at Tinney’s Lane, Sherborne for the benefit of the community in general and youth organisations in particular. It runs its own youth club and hosts a church youth club.
Diabetes Research – An organisation focused on research into a biological Cure for Diabetes
The Rendezvous – If you are 14 – 25 The Rendezvous is the place where you can get a friendly listening ear and emotional support if you need it – plus all the info you want on jobs, housing, health and relationships. It has a coffee bar and music studio and can help young people get qualifications, new skills and find work.
If you are a charity operating within a 30 mile radius of Sherborne, click here to apply for a donation from next years show, which will be held on Sunday 15th July 2018 when our marque feature will be Landrover.
We could not have done this without you, directing traffic, keeping spectators safe during the tours, collecting tickets, emptying rubbish bins. and many more unseen jobs which were needed, you kept the whole show running. And that is in addition to the Rotary teams who gave their time to set up over 5 days prior to the event opening, and there is a team on site this morning putting everything into storage and leaving the site at Sherborne Castle in pristine condition for everyone to enjoy.
Thanks to you all, the Rotary clubs of Brue Valley, Sherborne Castles and Yeo Vale, have a rest, and in due course we will publish figures on how much you have helped to raised for our charity, Sherborne Classic Cars CIO (Charity No 1172969).
Ticket sales for entry to this year show, both on the day and advance tickets, are enabling us to raise funds for our new grant making charity, Sherborne Classic Cars CIO (Charity No. 1172969).
The show is being put on to raise funds for the charitable purposes of the new Charity, which plans to make donations to one national and local charities in Dorset and Somerset.
“Next weekend sees the show returning to Sherborne Castle and we for one can’t wait for Saturday 15th July to arrive!
Headline show sponsor, Lancaster Insurance, is thrilled to be attending for the first time and has big plans for its stand! The classic car insurance specialist has already announced that a 1952 Alvis-Healey G-Type and an Aston Martin V8 Volante will be showcased on its stand (Showfield B, Avenue 3) and can now reveal a Formula 1 simulator will be joining the party.
People will be able to test their driving skills all weekend, fighting to take home the coveted prize and to be pole position on the leaderboard! So why not slide into the simulator’s driver seat and take a ride around some of the most famous Formula 1 circuits in the world. With a fight back system built in, the steering wheel pulls just like a real Formula 1 car would as people speed around corners, really adding to the racing effect!
We hope to see you there! “
Credit: photo supplied by Pro Slot Racing and is an example of a simulator that will be on the stand.
Brian Culcheth’s World Rally car – Triumph 2.5 PI.
Our drivers will assemble on the Rally stand at 13.40hr before parading down the main front drive, where each one will be interviewed by our commentator Graham Robson.
A real treat for rally car enthusiasts.
History of A168VGE :
Registered in Glasgow in 1984 & sent to Strattons of Wilmslow for the addition of AMG trim exterior & interior. Also lowered suspension & ‘Penta’ wheels. Total cost £85,000 which in those days would have bought a house.
George kept the car for sixteen years until August 2000. This is longest he kept a car. During this time he covered about 30,000 miles. A168 VGE has a 5 litre V8 engine producing 228 BHP. The car always sat in the open at his Friar Park Estate because there was only one garage.
In a video clip of George driving the car in November 1991 he is surprised by a Japanese film crew at the Bray Studios, near Windsor. They are filming a promo for George’s Japanese Tour in December. He says to the cameramen :”I’m sorry it’s not a Honda”.
In another video clip from The Beatle’s Anthology in 1995 the remaining Beatles can be seen exiting the car at Paul’s recording studio in Sussex. Poor quality photo extracted from video attached.
After George’s ownership it was given to his good friend Ray Cooper, the famous percussionist , who also managed ‘Handmade Films’ for George.