The Blackpool Classic Car & Bike Show will not be held in 2014.

Promotional image for Blackpool Classic Car and Bike show 2013

Classic Car shows are very popular these days with many being staged across the Lancashire Fylde every summer, the Blackpool Classic Car and Bike Show at The Winter Gardens is unique in being held indoors which makes it an ideal family trip out whatever the weather. The attraction is a trip down memory lane for many of us and a chance to show our offspring what cars and motorcycles were like “in the old days” and to reflect on just how good cars have now become. Classic Car shows have ordinary day cars alongside more exotic examples making this a window on life in days gone by.

Like many of us I have owned several cars over the years that are now seen in Classic car shows, at the time I had them they were just the normal day car of course, but are now well regarded by many. The classic Ford Capri Mk III in black with Wolfrace alloys, was a head turner in the eighties, in the seventies I had a Mk 3 Ford Zephyr which was unusual in that it had Zodiac trim including the cross hairs badge on the front of that long bonnet. That car was a three speed automatic with V4 engine, I don’t remember what the MPG was but would probably be unaffordable at today’s petrol prices.

Other cars of mine that are now classics include a Morris Minor van, a couple of Morris Marinas which are given a bad press but which I thought were excellent cars, my 1.8 TC would easily out drag 1.8 BMW’s off the traffic lights in Germany during the early 1980s and I did over 100,000 miles in my 1.3 without the slightest problem.

My father had a Standard Vanguard (phase 3) which I used to drive when I first passed my driving test, this was a large beast with bench front seat, 3 speed column gear change and the “umbrella” handbrake, the car rolled like a ship on corners and with no seat belts I would slide along the seat on right hand corners, but what fun that car was, halcyon days indeed.

The show will also have trade stands and auto-jumble offering goods and accessories to appeal to the enthusiast and those who are interested in finding something “out of the ordinary” for their car. See you there.

The show is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm on each day. Admission £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Child under 12 free.

The Blackpool Classic Car & Bike Show is organised by Hoyles Promotions, for more information, trade stands etc, contact Hoyles on 01253 782828 or email classicshow@mail.com. Blackpool Winter Gardens, Church Street Blackpool, FY1 1HL

This weekend is a great time for a weekend break in Blackpool, not only the 2013 Classic Car & Bike show on the Saturday and Sunday but the world famous Blackpool Illuminations is also in full swing with the lights on from 6.15pm until midnight. A great time for a weekend in Blackpool.

You may also be interested in our other Blackpool festivals and events.

By: Ray Dexeter.