Car enthusiasts flock to Bearwood CollegeBy Jon Nurse
May 23, 2012
Car enthusiasts enjoyed a trip down memory lane at a car show in Sindlesham on Saturday.
Bearwood College in Bearwood Road was souped up with more than 250 cars and bikes for its third car and motorcycle show, organised by the Bearwood Parents’ Association.
Thousands of people walked the college’s courts, admiring the mix of classic and sports cars that had been driven in from 19 specialist car clubs around the south of England.
A vintage Austin Healey was voted the best car in show, with a trophy presented to the owner by Reading FC chairman Sir John Madejski.
The event, sponsored by Barkham car dealer Coupes and Convertibles, collected donations for Help for Heroes.
Sir John Madejski said: “It’s been a trip down memory lane as I’ve seen cars I used to own and drive. I’m delighted the weather has been so clement for everybody. It’s been a lovely family occasion and it’s nice to see so many people enjoying themselves for such a good cause.”
Barkham and District Classic Car Club brought more than 50 cars to the show.
Club chairman Dave Annets said: “We only brought 25 with us for the first year and we’ve grown with them. I think they’ve created something fantastic here.”
Many families enjoyed refreshments on the college lawn as the Grandpa’s Spells Jazz Band played.
A quiz had youngsters running around and scribbling down the registration plates from cars in every year of the Queen’s 60 year reign.
Co-organiser Bob DuGard said: “I remember when I first started organising the show three years ago we only had 20 cars from the group of parents.
“I’d enjoyed other car shows in the past and knew we have a fantastic setting here so I mentioned it to the committee and they loved the idea. We had 150 cars in our first year, 220 last year and more than 250 this year. It’s so exciting how it’s grown and grown."
Nigel Arthur, of Finchampstead, had his matching bright orange 1972 Volkswagen Beetle and 1974 Volkswagen Campervan on display.
“There’s been something for everybody here,” he said. “What small boy doesn’t like a good classic car? This has become the perfect local car show.
“I’ve never put my cars on display before and it’s been really nice getting a lot of interest from families.”
Geography teacher John Talbot said: “I’ve taught here for many years and one of the problems I’ve noticed is that we are a bit like a secret private home no one knows a lot about, but during my time we have opened ourselves up much more to the community. It’s great to see so many people here today.”
A college hovercraft glided around a field overlooking a lake as video gamers took on a Stig Challenge in a room run by the Loddon District Explorer Scouts.
The day closed with the drawing of a raffle, with prizes including having a Morgan car for the weekend, a flight in a Piper Cub and a vase with a bent spoon donated by Uri Gellar.
Liz Langley, chairman of governors, said: “It’s an amazing event and it’s got bigger every year.
“The work of Bearwood Parents is just fantastic and what they give to the school is just unquantifiable.”