Northfield Farm Vintage, Classic & Interesting Car & Bike Meet

I love cars, old cars that is. With a few exceptions, modern cars do nothing for me. They are mainly designed by committee, computer or focus group. Older cars have grace, beauty, quirky ugliness, individuality, seductive faults and personality that are all lacking in most modern vehicles. Well they don’t all have all of those qualities, but go back only twenty years or so and byond and generally you will find at least some of them.

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1930’s Racing glamour visits Northfield Farm

I remember my Father’s passion for cars. Huge, cavernous Austin Princesses used to drive brides to their weddings and collect movie stars from airports. Big black Ford Zodiacs, the earlier ones soft and rounded at the edges, later, I still have its number plate, sharper, more American in styling with aggressive fins, like upturned knives running forever back alongside the enormous boot so big that my brother and I used to lay out a picnic in it. They were all female, these cars, described as ‘she’, as was the way back then, a way that seems so old-fashioned, even patronising now.

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1970 Camaro 35 yrs in the same ownership

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What I marvel at is that those childhood memories were of a time when the motor car had only really been accessible to the masses for such a short time, maybe thirty years or so. Even now, thirty years further on, the motor car has only really been around for the briefest moment in time, and may not, in comparative historical terms be around for that much longer.
I attended the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the P6 Rover at the glorious Waddesdon Manor a few weeks ago. The sight of a hundred and fifty or so gleaming examples of these cars that were so cutting edge in the earliest years of my childhood was unnerving in a way, as was the passion and intensity of the interest present in their owners. These people are the curators of one small part of our heritage, and on a larger scale the people who came here to Northfield Farm on Wednesday 4th September share that same role, just with a much morediverse collection of vehicles harking back to the early 1930’s.

 

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The best known car & bike meet for miles around was held on the second Tuesday of the month in the tiny Leicestershire village of Ashby Folville. Running for many years, this event attracted thousands of people on Sunny afternoons and evenings. I started going a few times a year and marvelled that so many people could gather so calmly and with so little trouble. Sadly the behaviour of a minority of drivers has now led to the decision to cease holding the event, as reported on in the following article in the Melton Times:
http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/local/popular-car-meet-scrapped-1-5454997

The demise of the Ashby Folville event was the main topic of conversation among the enthusiasts who attended Northfield’s event on Wednesday. All felt that it is sad that the behaviour of a small minority should stop an event which had such a long and positive history and contributed so much to the activity and economy of local rural life.
Northfield will continue to hold a meet on the first Weds of the month, the next one being 2nd October 2013 from 17-00hrs.

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Author: janmccourt

Farmer, owner of Northfield Farm known for his & its pioneering role as a champion of local food, rare breeds, Borough & Broadway Markets.

3 thoughts on “Northfield Farm Vintage, Classic & Interesting Car & Bike Meet”

  1. My family still uses the term she (or even he) to refer to vehicles. Normally they are female but we have the occasional male. 🙂

    I agree with you that most modern cars lack character. In their efforts to eradicate all faults with a cars design by using computer aided design rather than a pencil and paper they have also eradicated any heart and soul from the finished product.

    I like classic cars BECAUSE they have design faults, flaws and idiosyncrasies that distinquish one marque or model from another. They often demand far more of the driver than a modern car so to get the most out of them requires certain skills and the driving experience is thus more enjoyable albiet often more tiring.

    Having driven leaf sprung Land Rovers for much of my life and having no difficulty in driving in any condition even when in 2WD despite the complete lack of any form of electronic traction control, I find it quite alarming that the majority of younger people I work with will not even drive a car without traction control as they consider them to be dangerous and impossible to control in the wet or on ice and snow. I fear that an entire generation has now lost the ability to read and feel the road and drive accordingly. Maybe all new drivers should be made to do a few years driving a classic car 🙂

    1. Thanks for the comment & congratulations on a great blog. We have several Land Rovers, all of which do varying amounts of work on the farm, my favourite being our 1956 Series 1.

      1. Thank you. My wife and I would like a Series 1 but they are so expensive to buy now even in poor condition. It is nice to know that you are using yours as intended. Ours are enjoying ‘retirement’ 🙂

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