A gathering of stunning American vehicles glinted in the sunshine at the inaugural Simply American event held last weekend at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Owners drove through the beautiful New Forest to Beaulieu and displayed their American vehicles in the grounds of the museum, enjoying the all-American atmosphere, the warm weather, and all the delights of the Beaulieu attraction.
|Admiring the American cars|
All major American marques and models could be spotted in the parkland, from sporty Chevrolet Corvettes and Ford Mustangs to luxury Cadillacs and Buicks. There were even a few American police patrol vehicles!
Event sponsor, Chevrolet, brought along a range of beautiful motors to display, from an eye-catching red Camaro with black racing stripes, and Chevrolet World Touring Car decked out in its racing colours, to one of the manufacturer’s newest products, an electric Volt, winner of the 2012 European Car of the Year. Visitors also tested out their skills on a Scalextric track.
On the Chevrolet stand by the Beaulieu Arena, the American Barndance Band played sets throughout the day, driving home the theme of the event.
|American Barndance band|
Throughout the day, Beaulieu’s visitors had an opportunity to vote for their favourite American vehicles in the People’s Choice Awards. The winning vehicle was a cream 1950 Mercury led-sled owned by Teri Smith from Christchurch, who had won the Best in Show award at Beaulieu’s Custom and Hot Rod Festival only the week before. Teri was presented with the Simply American People’s Choice Award and a bottle of Beaulieu Bubbly by the attraction’s Managing Director, Russell Bowman.
The runner-up was Paul Parker from Andover, with his 1993 Ruby Red Corvette – a special 40th anniversary edition. Paul, who has owned the vehicle for two years and is a member of the Corvette Owners’ Club, received a Beaulieu Trophy and bottle of Beaulieu Bubbly from Russell.
Visitors were treated to a rare sight of the top 12 stunning American vehicles taking part in a cavalcade around the picturesque parkland with their engines thrumming.
The next Simply American will take place in 2013 and information on this event will be available at www.beaulieuevents.co.uk nearer the time.