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KIMBOLTON COUNTRY FAYRE 10 JULY


IN JULY I STRAYED out from my home territory of the West Midlands to join the Home Counties Region at Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire, the perfect good excuse for a summer’s day drive in my XK8!


The Country Fayre began some twenty five years ago as a fundraising event to build a local village hall and its popularity was noticed by the Sporting Bears who took over organisation, once the required funding for the hall had been raised. The Sporting Bears Motor Club are a dedicated group of classic car and sports car enthusiasts with one primary aim, which is to raise money for children’s charities, and hold many events around the country. Kimbolton has grown into one of their leading venues and attracts many hundreds of classic and sports cars every year.


The site is stunning with a wooded, landscape park surrounding an impressive classical style castle built for the Earls of Manchester in the early 18th century by Sir John Vanburgh.


It is now home to a renowned public school. The emphasis of the event is on cars, although there are other attractions such as camel racing (I didn’t see any XKEC members in the saddle!) and there are trade and craft stalls. There was even a mid-afternoon fly past by a Hurricane. The XKEC enjoyed a prime location on the immaculate cricket pitch, further enhanced by the Home Counties own


We displayed ten cars and deftly demonstrated just how rapidly convertible roofs can be raised when the occasional shower passed over, but in general the day was sunny and warm and the company friendly and convivial.


event shelter and two brand new XKEC flags! So we looked a very professional outfit indeed and attracted the curiosity of the many other Jaguar owners (and the admiring public) on site that day.


My grateful thanks go to Ian Pemberton, Home Counties Regional Officer, for arranging the XKEC stand at the event and if you have yet to attend this splendid event make sure you mark down the 2nd Sunday in July on next year’s calendar. It’s well worth it!


Peter Simpson


Stormy weather: Ten XKs waiting for the rain


2016 SEPTEMBER GROWLER 51


Pictures: Peter Simpson


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