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Typical Awards

Rotary in Frodsham & Helsby

Typical Awards at the Charity Motor Show & Vintage Fair

Rotary in Frodsham and Helsby once again organised and hosted its annual Charity Motor Show  at Frodsham Community Centre.

Despite the grim weather forecast, the show attracted almost 200 vehicle exhibitors of all types – vintage and modern classic cars, American cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and special interest vehicles, including two JCB excavators on a transporter.  A total of 11 car clubs registered and were present to show off their vehicles including the North West American Auto Club, two MG Owners Clubs from Merseyside and South Cheshire, the North Wales Scooby Club sporting Subaru Imprezas, and the UKC PT Chrysler Cruisers Club.  Also on show were vintage buses from the Wirral Transport Museum and a number of vintage tractors.   A major attraction for the many engine enthusiasts out on the field was a 12 cylinder, 37 litre Rolls Royce Griffon aero engine complete with propeller which was run twice with ear shattering roar.  This engine originally came out of a Hercules aeroplane and later models were used to power the iconic Spitfire. 

This year the show included a Vintage Fair in the main hall with stalls for vintage fashions, children’s clothes, arts and crafts, jewellery, candles, and home furnishings, etc. Entertainment was also provided by the delightful retro songstress, Bexi Owen, performing in the main hall.  For the young, and not so young, Frodsham Model Car Club staged live racing of their radio-controlled cars on the indoor race circuit and potential “racers” could also show their racing skills and have a go. 

Unfortunately, the weather was not at its best with a light drizzle coming down but exhibitors and members of the public still enjoyed themselves and were able to take shelter in the main hall while examining the many bargains in the Vintage Fair, enjoying refreshments and the wide range of homemade cakes and scones provided by the Inner Wheel Club of Frodsham and Helsby, or sampling wares from the vintage ice cream seller.

The show was sponsored by local multi-award winning design and development building company CB Homes and other local businesses supported the event by advertising in the programme.  The main organiser, Rotarian Alan Laird commented, “Our Charity Motor Show is the best and most successful motor show in the area with exhibitors coming from far and wide as well as locally.  Its increasing popularity is well recognised by exhibitors and this year, we were able to put together a number of other additional attractions for the public”.

The judges had a very difficult job awarding the trophies and certificates in each of the categories.  After much scrutiny and debate, Rotary President Vince Akers presented the prizes to:

Classic vintage vehicle   -  Best in Show                            Austin 7 Box Saloon – 1933        Robert Jacks   

Classic Modern Vehicle                             Daimler Coupe XJ6 - 1976          Steve Ross     

Two Wheeler                                              Suzuki GT 380 - 1976                  Alan Walker               

American Vehicle                                       Ford Mercury Cougar - 1967                 Des Lewis      

Custom / Special Interest Vehicle            Bristol Single Deck Bus-1968 Wirral Transport Museum Tony Cooper

Best Dressed Certificate                            Popscycle Ice Cream Man          Kevin Walker   

Club Stand Certificate                               UKC PT Cruisers Club with 12 Vehicles Registered


Finally, Rotary President Vince Akers thanked everyone for attending, particularly the exhibitors without whom there would be no show, the trade stands, Frodsham & Helsby Inner Wheel for the refreshments and cakes, and finally the paying members of the public for coming along, participating, and for their donations which would be used to contribute to local, national and international charities.

Our Charity Motor Show Event next year will be on Sunday 22nd July 2018 at Frodsham Community Centre.