Sunday last, I chanced upon the Chasewater Vintage & Classic Transport Show. I say ‘chanced upon’, as I had no idea it was taking place, and like many other visitors to the country park that day, the event’s occurrence was a wonderful, serendipitous discovery. For just one day, the south shore of the rapidly disappearing reservoir was host to a free display of the most fascinating classic vehicles one could imagine – from the usual vintage cars, to more recent forgotten runabouts, steam engines, lorries, military trucks, motorbikes and even a few tractors and stationary engines. All in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance charity. What’s not to love?
It was nice to see Chasewater packed with visitors, enjoying a well managed, engaging family event. I found the show in exactly the same manner the year before, and I must confess that the only thing lacking about this great local rally was the publicity. Few people I spoke to had any previous notion of its existence – while there had been some plugging in the Staffordshire press, there was nothing I could find in the papers and freesheets delivered around Brownhills. i didn’t spot a single local poster in the run-up, either. This was such a fantastic show that more people should be aware of it; I do hope the organisers let their southern neighbours in on the secret next year. I’d happily post details here if desired.