The 2016 Show

Preparations are gently underway for next year's show and as always, our email address is  It's never too early to get in touch!!

Our poster, this year, is derived from a much earlier poster celebrating the 1930 Le Mans 24 hour race victory by the Bentley Speed Sixes when the ‘Bentley Boys’ dominated endurance motor sport. In this race they took first and second place; the winning car being driven by millionaire Captain Woolf Barnato with co-driver and ‘born adventurer’ Glen Kidston, but sadly this was to be the company’s last year of racing. The financial problems steming from the 1929 Wall Street crash, and the subsequent collapse in the luxury car market prevented Bentley from competing in 1931 and, after Rolls Royce purchased the remains of the company, the racing program was scrapped. Barnato retired from motor racing that year and Kidston died in 1931 when his De Havilland Moth biplane broke up over Africa.


The 2015 Show In Words & Pictures

We estimate that over 1,700 adults with their young families attended the Chippenham Lions ‘Cherished Vehicle and Farm Fun Day’ on Sunday 7 June on the  Allington Farm Shop field.

This was the fourth year we had held this event in conjunction with Allington Farm Shop and we were able to build on the success of the previous years to deliver an event which had something for everyone - the cars, the fairground, the craft, charity and trade stands, farm animals and farm demonstrations.

We had had a week of fickle weather on the lead-up to the day with extremes of good and bad from day to day, so there was some concern about what was in store for us. But, come the day, we could not have hoped for better with sun and blue skys to give us the fourth year that we have been blessed with good weather.

The stall holders and cherished vehicles arrived early and everything was nicely in place when the doors opened to the general public at 11:00 and the event was then formally opened by the Chippenham Mayor, Councillor David Powell.

The show has built up over the years with ever more visitors, traders and cars and well in excess of 200 vehicles had registered for this year’s show.

The cars themselves, as usual, were meticulously turned out by their proud owners and the perfect weather conditions allowed them to be seen at their best.  Amongst the individual entrants there were many owner’s clubs represented by marques as diverse as Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Citroen, VW and kit cars. Indeed, many clubs now use the event as a scheduled club meet.  It gave a good opportunity for the owners to meet old friends and to make new ones, to exchange technical information and to reminisce.

This year we introduced the 'The Bob Astwood Memorial Trophy' for a cherished vehicle which has the greatest appeal to visitors and to exhibitors alike.  Bob Astwood was a member of our Chippenham Lions Club, who died towards the end of last year and had given 40 years of service to Lions and had been closely associated with the event.  The trophy was awarded to Roland Grazebrook of Colerne Classic Car Club for his beautiful 1917, Lancia Theta and it was presented by Bob’s partner Pam Ponting.

It was a wonderful day and the Chippenham Lions are very grateful to all those who attended and we hope they all had a good day. It was a hardworking day for us and the culmination of many months of preparation and all Chippenham Lions are proud to have been part of it especially as it has now become an established part of Chippenham life. The event was run for charities and initial indications are that the income could be in the order of £9,000 and all the money raised will go to Lions Charities - local, national and international.

The date for the event next year is Sunday, 5 June, 2016.

You can find the Chippenham Gazette & Herald Report Here


Tony Head arrives at the show in his Replica 1995, Mercedes Benz 500k


Richard Edmonds Snr. shows off his 1935, Lagonda Rapide


The Jaguar Owners Club used this event for an annual club meet


Rowan and Thomas Peare-Harte dressed in period costume to accompany their 1936, Austin 10 Cambridge


And Dolores Driscoll dressed in style to match her 1991, Nissan Figaro

The Mayor of Chippenham, Cllr David Powell, formally opened the day and is seen here with this year's Lions President, Richard Adams


Cllr David Powell is seen here talking to Bob Jones, Saxophonist with the 4+1 Jazz Group who played at the event


Visitors and exhibitors voted for the Bob Astwood Trophy and this 1904, Mors 24/32hp Roi de Belges won second place


First place was won by this 1917, Lancia Theta owned by Roland Grazebrook who is seen here receiving the award from Pam Ponting


The next generations - Bob Astwood's son and grandson with Pam and the trophy


The Lions' Ladies, Sue Gilbert, Barbara Hearn and Tracey Gwinnell, could be found running the Tea Tent


Maureen Lloyd is shown with supporters manning a stall for the Chippenham District Disabled Transport


Dave Hickory entertained the children with Magic and Balloons


The children were well supplied with fairground attractions


And some just danced to the music from Chippenham FM


free counters

3,434 @ 2Jun 2014

2,263/3,690 @20 Aug 2014

3,392/5,470 @10 June 2015

3,587/5,790 @ 6 Oct 2015

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