Setting off at around 6am Sunday morning, beating the traffic, and rolling onto the tarmac at Santa Pod for 7:30am, cars where already setting up in the “Show ‘n Shine” area and in the Club Stands. With the sun beaming down and the quality of cars rolling through the gates, Retro Show 2013 looked to be an extremely eventful day.
The variety of cars was also a key highlight of the day, having cars both from the UK and also from across the pond, with US Metal gracing the tarmac of Northampton. Cars from different areas of the Car Scene gave a good variety for people to see and talk about. With cars ranging from the “Rust” look to cars going all out Original, and anything in-between.
Volvo’s also seemed to be making a return and in huge numbers at that! Each Volvo had its own take on the Car Scene with some taking on the Rat/Rust Scene and others going all-out original. The main sought after models seem to be the 300 Series Volvos from back in the 1970’s.
The Vauxhall Carlton Estate club also had an appearance with their own stand, one that stood out amongst the rest was this Military style paint job, ultimate lows, blacked out windows and plenty of power to match.
A little Japanese Gem was nestled in between UK and German metal. The iconic AE86 in a nice metallic red was glistening in the sun and Motor-Vision had to take a few snaps. Stripped interior, Recaro Bucket seats, Takata Racing Harnesses and Rota BM8 style alloy wheels, the AE86 looked to be a lethal track weapon.
The Mercedes-Benz 190 owners clubs were at Santa Pod in force and with just over 20 cars on their stand they proved to be the only club to show up in such large numbers. They had a really nice display of cars from the well maintained daily driver to the modified track car. Nevertheless the work put into each individual car was over-exceptional, and it was obvious that these cars are well looked after.
Retro Show also hosted a variety of Old School Fords, with different generations of the same car representing for the blue oval. A MK4 Escort sitting low on some Rota GT3’s, which are commonly found on Modified Japanese Cars. On the other side of the show was a MK2 Cortina gracefully sitting there in its original state – a truly beautiful machine from the 60’s.
Many other cars were also to be seen for those who camped the weekend, and many cars where unseen. As always on our way in and out of Santa Pod, it was clear that the event had plenty more to offer other than the stunning cars seen on the main stands.