The annual classic motor show known as ‘Wheelnuts’ is staged in the beautiful grounds of St Rose’s each spring. It has become a very popular event attracting large numbers of owners, with their unique and magnificent vehicles, as well as a large and appreciative crowd of admirers and enthusiasts. Together they celebrate all that is excellent in motor transport down through the ages.
The event has raised substantial funds which has allowed St Rose’s, along with help from the Variety Club of Great Britain, to replace its aged minibuses. Our children and students use them to go out and about in the community, visiting places of interest, attend sports events and take part in other leisure activities.
Wheel Nuts 2017 was once again an outstanding success for the organisers, The Friends of St Rose’s with numbers of entries exceeding all expectations. Held on Sunday 7th May, in the grounds of the school, over 450 entrants in all makes and models of classic cars arrived on the site from first thing in the morning to take their places in the line-up.
Large numbers of people visited the show to give their support to St Rose’s and spent the day enjoying the fabulous sunshine and looking at the spectacular cars on show. Some exhibitors have supported the show every year since its inception some thirteen years ago, whilst there were many new-comers to the event. St Rose’s staff, parents, governors and local friends and supporters give up their time to help with the event and carry out a range of duties from car-parking, commentary, manning stalls and helping serve food to visitors.
This year’s event raised just over £7,500 a huge contribution towards the conversion of the Home Economics Department. Catering staff cooked an amazing 125 kilos of chips, 480 hot dogs, 600 burgers and produced a large amount of bacon rolls, tea, coffee and cakes to keep visitors fed during the day.
One of this year’s attractions was the Wildchild Dragster kindly bought along by Andrew Williams, who is the three times National Champion of the Super Comp Class.
Visitors both young and old enjoyed looking at some of the amazing VW Camper Vans on show, all lovingly restored by their owners and showing how a past and even present generation of enthusiasts can customise a vehicle to provide comfortable accommodation.
For American Car enthusiasts there were some outstanding examples of classic American marques, from Chevrolet, Mustang and Dodge.
This years ‘Best in Show’ was awarded to local entrant Mr Charles Betts, who exhibited his 1938 Triumph Vitesse.
We were also very grateful to receive a cheque for £450 from the Cotswold Classic Car Club.
This year St Rose’s was helped considerably by the sponsorship by Hookway Chartered Surveyors, we’d like to say thank you to them for their valued support, along with all the other volunteer and supporters who made the day possible. And to everyone for attending – there would be no show without you!
The Friends of St Rose’s work very hard to organise this event. A big thank you from them for all the support they received from the local community, parents, friends and staff of St Rose’s. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!
Next year’s show will take place on Sunday 29th April 2018, applications will be available from January, like our Facebook page for regular updates.
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