Posted on 10 June 2015
The sun was shining at Wilton Classic & Supercar for what turned out to be a fantastic weekend of gorgoues classics and stunning supercars. This year, Thornley Kelham had a far bigger presence in the form of an 80 foot marquee ideally located on the East Lawn right in front of beautiful Wilton House, the historic home of Lord Pembroke.
Our display featured several interesting cars in various stages of restoration including a 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom 2 part way through a complete nut and bolt restoration which drew large crowds and elicited many questions about the process. Also on display was a Mercedes 300SL Coupe 'Gullwing' chassis in its painted state, and its engine on a stand; a Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider body illustrating the various stages of paint preparation; a barn-find Lancia Flaminia Zagato Sport next to a fully restored one, which demonstrated just what can be achieved with a lot of hard work, patience and attention to detail. A supercharged Amilcar engine enthralled true enthusiasts whilst a range of newly-painted parts on display provided both staff and visitors alike with various topics of conversation.
Also on display was a wonderful 1950 Ferrari 195S Inter which we prepare and maintain for rallying around Europe on behalf of the owner; a 1960 Mercedes Benz 220SE Ponton cabriolet; a 1953 Bentley Continental R-Type which drew lots of admirers; a Porsche 911 2.7 RS; a 1956 VW Camper Van which was the most photographed car of the lot and a 1991 Bugatti EB110 America which wowed the crowd.
One of the highlights of the show was a Thornley Kelham-restored Lancia Aurelia B20GT being picked from the all the classic cars on display to mount the podium and chat to Tiff Needell, who had a brief chat with the owner/driver. It was great to chat to the many people who visited the display and be able to impart some of our staff's expert knowledge and answer questions about what we do.
All in all, it was a wonderful weekend in a stunning location with plenty to offer for everyone, and we are proud to have been chosen as the only restoration company to exhibit. Enormous thanks got to everyone who helped, especially Jason, Graham, Finn, Matt, Dawn and Darren.