St Rose’s School in Stroud was the place to be for all motor enthusiasts on Sunday 29th of April, when we held our 14th Annual Wheel Nuts classic motor show.

The show just gets better each year, with this year once again receiving a record number of entries. Staff and volunteers work extremely hard, organising and setting up the event, both on the day and for many months before planning the show. By attending the show, entrants are helping to raise funds to improve the learning experience, therapy and care of the students at St Roses.

This year’s show had a spectacular line up of vehicles of all ages, shapes, sizes and colours and whether you are a dedicated “wheel nut”, enthusiast, or just someone enjoying a day out, there was something for everyone.

Perhaps the most ‘quirky’ exhibit was the vehicle called “Attitude Adjustment” – Europe’s first fully disabled accessible and drivable dragster. This amazing vehicle was built specifically for the purpose of proving that just because someone is disabled, they can still take part in motorsport. Rogan McGlip built this car when he was just 16 years of age. He became inspired by his younger brother David, who had Down Syndrome and other disabilities and he wanted him to be able to experience the thrills of speed. To create and build a car which gives disabled people the opportunity to experience the thrills of hot rods and drag racing is remarkable. Rogan now runs a race team around the car, promoting disabled drag racing and giving disabled people the chance to enjoy the experience of sitting behind the wheel or as a passenger.

At the other end of the St Roses’s Wheel Nuts site was “Wild Child”, a Dragster belonging to Andy Williams who has raced her for the last 18 years. This amazing car goes from 0 to 60mph in less than one second and over a quarter mile course he reaches a top speed of 157mph in just 8 seconds….. blink and you could miss him!

If speed is not your priority then you were able to enjoy vintage vehicles, with cars from the dawn of motoring. The elegant, 1922 Ford Model T Tourer, which many people will not know, but to drive this requires great skill as the foot pedals are in a different configuration to modern day cars. Or what about alternative power, with the 2933 Stanley Steamer Roadster.

Cars from each decade of our motoring past graced the fields at St Rose’s, and for many visitors these evoked nostalgic reminiscences of past motoring. Cars which parents or grandparents had owned, cars which they remembered from childhood or cars which they had first driven, or learnt to drive in.

There were also displays of specialist cars, sports cars, American cars, hot rods, custom and kit cars. Many car clubs attended with their stands and supporters. Many of these clubs have been coming and supporting the show each year since it started back in 2004.

Of course, we must not forget that this was not just a show for cars. There was also a selection of Bikes, from the 1940’s to the present day. This year there was a special display of BMX bikes.

For those people dreaming of luxury, top of the range sports cars, then they could look no further than the stunning two examples of McLaren. The McLaren stand drew many admirers eager to sit behind the wheel of these iconic supercars, including two members of St Rose’s staff, Sheila Talwar and Carol Goverd. The cars were brought to the show by Bill Tunnell and Clive McGibbon.

During the afternoon, ex-pupil, Marisa Scott presented School Principal, Sheila Talwar with a cheque for £450 which she had raised doing a sponsored 14 mile dog walk and a Rock and Roll Disco. The school were so grateful to receive this generous donation.

Judging took place throughout the day with prizes being awarded at the end of the afternoon by Bill Tunnell, Clive McGibbon, Mike Rossiter and Pete funnel.

The cup awarded to the Best in Show, went to Steve Young with the Ford Escort Mexico, 1973. The Best Sports Car was awarded to the Triumph TR6 and the Best Club stand was awarded to the Five Valleys Mini Club stand with their stunning line-up of Minis.

The Motorbike section was split into two with the cup for the best pre 1970’s bike being awarded to the BSA PUO 599 and the Post 1972 going to the Honda CB750 belonging to Dave Allen.

We’re confident that this year’s event will have once again helped raise a substantial amount for the School, at the last count the sum was just over £6000. This year the school are raising funds to go towards turning our outdated, but much used, home economics room into a modern, accessible state of the art living skills room which will include rise and fall work stations and cooker. This will also including a tumble dryer, washing machine and freezer. The creation of this will provide independence and help to prepare the young people at St Rose’s for independent living. With the proceeds from the show, we are now very nearly there in reaching our target to start work on the project.

Thank you to everyone for turning up and supporting us. Thank you to all the organisers their families and friends that work so hard preparing and putting on the show (and cleaning up after). And of course a massive thank you to all the exhibitors for bringing their vehicles for us all to enjoy.

See you next year..