Armed with an abundance of sun cream and refreshments, thousands of happy show-goers descended on Castle Combe Circuit on July 7 for Summer Action Festival – undoubtedly one of the hottest, sunniest events held at the Wiltshire venue for a very long time indeed!
Under the blazing mid-summer sunshine, a sea of vehicles from all corners of the car world were in attendance for the Action Day event that celebrates cars of all ages, all makes and all models.
With over 1500 club cars booked in, it was no surprise that the hundreds of clubs in attendance succeeded in putting on a fantastic static display in the paddock areas.
2018’s event saw more prizes than ever being awarded, too, with no less than three awards on offer for a trio of well-deserving clubs. Eventually, judges chose south west-based Southern Car Enthusiasts, situated near Bobbies corner, to take the ‘Best Small Club’ trophy – a compact team that carries out regular pub meets, beach weekends and shows while also boasting some seriously impressive cars on its books.
‘Best Large Club’ was handed to Drive Club Cymru who put on a vast display behind Camp corner. Based all over Wales but mainly in the Swansea area, this group doesn’t discriminate with the cars it welcomes, which was clearly reflected in the formidable line-up it brought along for the day.
Finally, ‘Best Overall Club’ fell into the hands of West Country Minis; an organisation that never fail to put on a fantastic show at the many Castle Combe events it attends. Huge congratulations to you guys!
Also in the paddock area, the Show and Shine event once again brought 20 of the finest owner cars from across the country together to be thoroughly scrutineered by our judges, with the top three cars eventually announced mid-afternoon. Something of a retro hat-trick, third went to Steve Groves and his mint, unrestored Renault 5 GT Turbo, second to George Wilson with his stunning engine-tucked VW Corrado VR6, with the top spot awarded to Andrew Kay’s stunning Classic Mini complete with a 215bhp 2.0-litre Vauxhall ‘Red Top’ engine conversion.
With kit cars being a large part of Summer Action Festival, it was only right to include a Kit Car of the Show award to one of the many beautiful hand-built machines that were on-hand in the Kit Car Village (supported by Complete Kit Car magazine). This coveted trophy was passed to John Bickle for his ‘Pilgrim Sumo’ AC Cobra replica; complete with a 3.5-litre Rover V8 engine.
The overall Car of the Show trophy went to a very well-deserved Roger Gladstone for bringing his gorgeous Jaguar XJ6 Series I along for the day. Owned and used as his daily drive for over 18 years, this unrestored beauty perfectly illustrated the ‘anything goes’ ethos that this eclectic summer gathering proudly holds.
Of course, it wasn’t all static action that was catching the attention of the spectators throughout the day, with an equal amount of excitement also being witnessed on the circuit itself. Laced through the plentiful public track time was a trio of smoke-infused pro drifting demonstrations, whilst the Top Car Parade held in the middle of the event saw all manner of weird and wonderful machinery perform slow-paced laps – including an army tank! Combined with the free vintage bus journeys courtesy of the Bristol Vintage Bus Company that went down a storm, it’s safe to say there was something for everyone.
To check out upcoming events at Castle Combe Circuit, head over to www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk