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The Scene Not Herd: A Classic Day Out In Whitstable

By Canterbury Times  |  Posted: June 06, 2013

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LIKE many boys that never really grow up, I have always loved cars. I'd never pretend I know how they work or how to fix them, despite some of the wrecks I've driven in my time.

But when I was a kid my nan worked at the Matchbox toy factory in Hackney and every other Sunday she would visit us for tea and bring another 'treat' from work.

In hindsight it would have been wise to keep them pristine in their boxes as they would have been worth a small fortune now, but these were toys and were meant to be played with, so who cares if they only have three wheels, the little driver with a head missing or windscreens bent inwards?

So how do boys, young and old get their fix now? Over to Chris West, town coordinator for Whitstable and Herne Bay who has been organising the classic car shows in the local towns for the last few years. I asked him how he got involved.

He said: "I had put on a motor show in Ashford in 2002, which was a success, so when I came to Herne Bay we discussed it with a couple of Town Partners and the idea evolved.

"It's now in its eighth year in Herne Bay and fourth year in Whitstable."

Having seen the shows myself over the last few years I asked Chris if they had changed much since the first one and he explained: "The events have expanded. The first show we put on in Herne Bay had 60 vehicles, now we have 200, which is the capacity we can get in the town.

"We are always turning people away from the Herne Bay show as we are limited for space.

"The main aim is to support the local businesses, boost the local town's economies and to showcase the towns, so hopefully visitors to the show will return to the towns on other occasions.

"And if we have good weather we can attract 10,000 visitors to the event throughout the day."

But don't despair if you're not really interested in the amazing display of classic cars on show and are being dragged along by somebody that is, there are plenty of other things to do at the events.

There is a selection of entertainment; live music, children's entertainers, retro market, refreshments, vintage rides and lots more fun for all the family.

I will be performing a solo acoustic set myself at this Saturday's Whitstable Classic Car Show as I did at Herne Bay's show last year, along with The Electric Beatles, a brilliant Beatles tribute act.

In fact while I was performing last year a huge crowd gathered by the stage and just as I thought that I was going down a storm I noticed that they had actually come to admire the Delorean car from the classic movie Back To The Future, which was next to the stage.

But as it is one of my favourite films I bore no grudges.

This year the Whitstable and Herne Bay Motor Shows are being organised by Herne Bay Town Partners, and the Whitstable Classic Car Show is this Saturday, June 8 from 10.30am to 4pm on Tankerton slopes. Admission is free.

You can contact David at tastysound@aol.com and listen to his show 'The Bay Scene' at www.radiocabin.co.uk Wednesdays at 7pm and repeated Fridays at 10pm.

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