A SPORTS car so rare it’s the only one of its kind in the country, and a Volvo driven by Roger Moore are among the ‘as seen on TV’ star attractions set for one of Britain’s leading car events as it heads for the Royal Bath & West next weekend.
Topping the bill at the February 14-15 Footman James Great Western Autojumble is a 1963 Apollo GT 5000S which, as new, boasted a Buick V8 in a handmade lightweight bodyshell and a maximum speed of 150mph – on par with even the highest spec Chevrolet Corvettes produced that year.
The owner, Ernie Warrender, said it looked like a cross between a Jaguar E-Type and a Ferrari 250 GTO: “On the road, it’s a sports car. It handles well, is not front-end light at speed, and the reliability inherent in the American muscle design makes it near perfect. The hybrid E-Type/Ferrari lines work from every angle.”
Some 40 examples were built during the original 1962-63 production run and until Ernie imported his, none remained in the UK.
Sharing the Apollo’s spotlight is a P1800, displayed by Kevin Prince of the Volvo Enthusiasts Club, which achieved national fame as the car driven by Roger Moore’s character, Simon Templar, in the hit 1960s TV series The Saint.
Custom car fans can also get a close-up look at a 1959 Ford Anglia 105E that was converted into a very small American diner, complete with neon lighting, for TV’s Pimp My Ride.
This year the show has a Mods and Rockers theme, with the return of live music after it received a favourable reception in 2014. The halls will be filled with fantastic club and private entry displays, as well as hundreds of traders and autojumblers, offering visitors the chance to spend hours rummaging for that certain special part.
New show owner Mortons Media Group has said it aims to grow and diversify the show, alongside the event’s sister exhibitions in June and November, with the goal of having three of the most prestigious classic car shows on the motoring calendar. Event organiser Harry Leyland said: “A larger hall will be opened this year to accommodate more traders, which means we’re on track to fulfil our aim of growing the show.”
A Charterhouse auction will also be taking place at the show. Visitors are welcome to browse through the lots on Saturday for free, but there will be an additional charge of £10 for two people to enter on Sunday.
A one-day adult ticket costs just £8 when bought in advance, a £1 discount on the gate price. For further information about the show, including ticket-buying details, visit carsandevents.com, search for Bristol Classic Car Shows on Facebook or follow @BCCSevents on Twitter.