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Smiles of fun in the sun

PUBLISHED: 16:24 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:24 12 August 2010

BLOOMIN’ GREAT: Susan Roberts.

BLOOMIN' GREAT: Susan Roberts.

THE sun shone down on thousands of petrol-heads as the world s biggest one-day classic car show rolled in to town. From the sublime to the ridiculous, virtually every type of vehicle was represented at the Bromley Pageant of Motoring, featuring classic

THE sun shone down on thousands of petrol-heads as the world's biggest one-day classic car show rolled in to town.

From the sublime to the ridiculous, virtually every type of vehicle was represented at the Bromley Pageant of Motoring, featuring classic Cadillacs and Aston Martins to military tanks, commercial vehicles, motorbikes and buggies.

The Bromley Times sponsored event, held last Sunday at Norman Park in Bromley, attracted children and adults alike as fairground rides, music, and stalls provided entertainment for all the family in addition to the rainbow of motor displays.

Daredevil trials bike rider Steve Colley wowed the crowds with his eye-watering stunts.

Hopping his bike across boxes and coming nail-bitingly close to the crowds, the three-time British Solo Trials Champion performed wheelies and donuts around the grass arena before riding his bike up and over a van.

Astonished spectators gasped and applauded as the Lycra-clad stuntman removed the front wheel and breaks, turning his bike in to an unruly motorised unicycle before mounting an eight-foot trailer in a gravity-defying and perilous finale.

Meanwhile members of the Aston Martin Owners' Club celebrated winning the silver cup in the special clubs competition for their collection of cars which would have cost nearly £2 million in today's prices.

Amongst the display was a DB5, the most famous Aston model, eternalised by appearing in five James Bond films including Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies.

Pageant organiser for the club, Keith Brown, said: "It was an absolutely superb day, brilliant. It was a big party.

"I have been going to the pageant since 1977 when it first opened and I always had an ambition to have an exhibition here.

"We like our cars so we let people touch them and have a go of sitting in them.We will have an even bigger and better collection next year."

Chauffer Mark Boden had travelled from Maidstone and was displaying his 1949 Cadillac, estimated to be worth around £72,000.

He said: "Old cars have so much more character than new ones. I have been coming to the Pageant for about 25 years. I used to bring my Opal up here and my Rover. I use my car for a lot of weddings."

Band The Flames played rock and roll as children slurped ice creams and car enthusiasts searched for rare car parts in the auto jumble sale.

Meanwhile a parade of old American favourite, the Ford Capri, proved popular with spectators who applauded as the vintage collection made their way around the arena.

The car, which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, won the hearts of millions of Brits after hitting our roads in 1968 as an alternative to the Mustang.

Also featured in the pageant were a collection of brightly coloured minis that took part in the London to Brighton parade to celebrate the model's 50th anniversary.

Visitor Adrian Mauley, 48, from Hayes, said: "I've had a brilliant day. I'll definitely be coming back next year."

FAMILIES made the most of a scorching day at a fair featuring train rides and a ghost house.

Children left their computer games at home to have some fun with traditional games at Chislehurst Rotary Club's Summer Fair last Saturday.

Shooting footballs at a target, fishing for prizes with hoops and an even a human fruit machine kept people guessing.

Bouncy castles, train rides and big smiles on kids winning enormous teddy bears were the order of the day.

The local bobby PC Adam Pearce let kids sit behind the wheel of a police car and push the siren buttons.

The Rotary Club will donate the hundreds of pounds that the event raised to community groups and charities.

People can support more events in the town at the Chislehurst Festival 2009 - from September 19 to October 3 - which will include a fun run, bell ringing, belly dancing, music, wine tasting, salsa dancing, and a photo competition. For more information, go to www.chislehurstfestival.org.uk.

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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