Thurrock Transport Fayre, Sunday 2 June

Our club was invited to display cars at a new show in Stanford-le-Hope, Thurrock. The show was being held by Edwards Show Vehicles to raise funds for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. They raised £1,000 for this good cause.

On arrival we noticed the show was next to a car wash, but everyone had of course already washed their Jaguars.

From our region, we had 13 cars on our stand, plus 2 of our members’ cars on the Edwards Show stand.

One member (who will remain nameless) thought we had run out of parking space, so he decided he would try and park in the middle of our event shelter. We managed to move the poles and tape over so he could relocate his car to the end of our row of cars.

We could see the organisers had put a lot of work into planning and organising the show. They had various food vendors, a licensed bar, a bouncy castle, go karts and a fair few stalls. The event was hosted by a DJ with live bands playing for most of the afternoon.

Apart from our lovely Jaguars, they had a good section of cars including fast Fords, custom cars and trucks.

The weather was kind to us yet again. To show their thanks for everyone’s support, the Air Ambulance helicopter flew and hovered over the show.

Geoff and Mary Monk won the Best Classic Car Award for the show, with their red MK2 Jaguar, and were awarded a trophy.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the attendance of the paying public was very low. In fact I reckon they had more cars on display in the show than they had in the car park.

I believe Edwards Show Vehicles will be putting on the show again next year, and no doubt they will be publicising the show harder.

Graham Cook