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Seventh Saint Mawes Classic Car Festival – pictures and report

Seventh Saint Mawes Classic Car Festival – pictures and report Classic and Performance Car

This Cornish gathering brought out a small selection of fantastic cars.


The thunderous sound from a gathering of 25 exceptional classic cars overwhelmed the traditional Cornish town town of Saint Mawes, during the seventh running of the town’s classic car festival. Taking place in the usually very relaxed Cornish town on 2 May, the 2017 event was a truly spectacular display, featuring some of the finest cars. 
 
Included in this select group was the 7-litre AC Cobra of Charles Good, the Ferrari 250MM of Nick Mason as well as the Ferrari 250 Nembo Spyder of John Lewis. An assortment of in-line six engines – from a 3½ litre Bentley, a 4.2 Jaguar E-type and the XK120 3.4 of Philip Salt – were also a particular highlight. 
 
A Porsche 911 Turbo S in AA speed yellow later proved to be an appropriate colour, as Pozner rescued Annette Mason from a long walk up a steep hill on Lands End. This was due to the regulator on Nick's 250 MM proving somewhat temperamental. This was following a fascinating scheduled visit to the Telegraph museum, where communication was first made across the Atlantic.
 
Further distinguished opposition to the squawking gulls came from a 1950 Fraser Nash Le Mans Replica belonging to Karen Richards, the wife of David Richards – who was driving an Aston Martin DB6 Volante. Also in this superb assortment of yesterday machinery was the Triumph Stag of Mark and Amanda Sater, as well as two Morgans, Richard Plant and the all girls team of m/s Williams and Horton. 
 
A Bentley Continental GT Speed represented the millennium, owned by Richard And Gail Smith, together with on an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, of David Wright.
 
On the road to the Telegraph museum
 
St Mawes (Images: Fish ‘n’ Pix, St Mawes)

Tim and Amelia Whitaker have devised a unique Cornwall Car tour, consisting normally of 25 cars. This drive of southern Cornwall, over three days, has taken place for the last seven years, with each year themed and centred around a particular aspect of Cornwall.
 
The first day this year was an introductory talk and a chance to explore the Telegraph Museum, before departing for Porthcurno and Sennen Cove, for an excellent lunch at Ben Tunnicliffe's and a treasure hunt route, back to Saint Mawes.
 
This year revolved around a 1960s theme, with the rally plates in psychedelic colours of bright pink and yellow. Previous years have been centred around the art of Cornwall, the food of Cornwall, and the hidden places, which involved a fascinating visit to a long since abandoned tin mine. 

This year we drove on roads overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery on the coast and hillsides of Southern Cornwall, as well as visits to the Eden Project, and Treghrehan Garden. A driving challenge was the only competitive event, which was won by Sue Murphy in an Austin Healey 3000.
 
The final afternoon involved a visit to the beautiful gardens at Caerhays, and then lunch set outside at the Knightor Vineyard, sampling their wine and delicious food. The final gala dinner took place at the Idle Rocks Hotel, generously hosted by David and Karen Richards, where all the guests were treated to an amazing six course dinner. Each course was served with its own wine, while a colourful 'period' digital jukebox played ‘60s sounds. 
 
That afternoon the Concours took place on the quayside, and it was joined by several cars owned by the locals. Judging of the cars was by Johnathan of Bonhams, whilst drinks were served to a packed quayside, as people crowded around assembled cars. Amelia Whitaker had arranged some music, and had made the event into a festive treat with a great atmosphere.
 
Amelia and Tim organise swimming, sailing and cycling races around the area, and head the sailing club, as well as run a small guest hotel. One of her ideas is to land a four engine 1930s seaplane in the bay, so that the rally can take a tour of this fantastic aircraft!
 
The overall winner of the Concours d'Elegance was Charles and Averil Good's Bentley 3½ Litre, as well as a class award for their 7-litre AC Cobra 427.
 
Other class awards went to the Jaguar FHC XK 120 of Philip Salt, and the right-hand drive Porsche 993 Turbo S, belonging to Anthony Pozner of Hendon Way Motors.
 
A parade lap around Saint Mawes, followed.
 
Finally to  quote Tim and Amelia Whitaker's welcome for the entrants for this Rally: 'This year's event promises to be another wonderful celebration of classic cars, great food, driving and camaraderie.'
 
They did not disappoint.

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