The 15th “Wheel Nuts” Car show was held at St Rose’s School on Sunday May 5th and
once again the show attracted a record number of entries and large crowds.
The show now celebrating its 15th year owes its success to the dedication and commitment of the staff, The Friends Committee and their families who work tirelessly to ensure the day goes well and that the hundreds of visitors are all catered for. The first ever event back in 2005 was held in order to raise funds for a vehicle which could be used by staff and students. Little could we have guessed that fifteen years later, we would once again be looking to raise funds to purchase a replacement vehicle, with the show now being a regular event on the local calendar and enjoying such phenomenal success.
This year’s show, once again, saw the return of many ‘show regulars’ as well as some new faces. Possibly the most unusual vehicle this year has to go to the ‘Zimmer Golden Spirit’. A car belonging to P J Shanley from Cirencester who has only just managed to get the car on the road and this is the first show that he has attended with it. The car has a fascinating history….. Purchased on 12th December 1983 by Frank Sinatra it was driven around Palm Springs by Frank until five years later he gifted the car to Sammy Davis Junior. The car was then driven by Sammy around Las Vegas until his death when it was given to the Elvis Motor Museum in Memphis. Mr Shanley was attracted to the car when he saw photographs offering the vehicle for sale by the Museum. He spoke to them on the telephone where he expressed his interest and was told that he could have the car on payment of the asking price. Not quite sure who he was dealing with, and if the seller was indeed reputable, Mr. Shanley phoned the police in Memphis who immediately agreed to help by sending the local Sheriff to check out the seller. The Sheriff then telephoned Mr. Shanley to tell him to purchase the car – all was well and the car was in good condition. He quickly arranged payment and shipment to the UK. It arrived in London and then went on to Kent where he had the car completely overhauled, including repairing a fuel leak, only getting all of the official paperwork on Friday!
There were cars of all shapes, sizes and descriptions. Gerald Roberts, a regular visitor to the show once again brought his 1929 V8 Cadillac Fleetwood which he has owned for the last 26 years and completely restored. Landrover, Mini, Ford, Vauxhall, Morris, Jaguar and Rolls Royce, Just some of the iconic makes on show as well as kit cars, American muscle cars and representatives from various clubs – The Gloucester MG Owners and the Gloucester Mini Owners Club had a large display of member’s cars, as well as a wonderful line-up of Morris Minor’s.
Not only cars were on show. The Bennett/Glos BMX Club also had an amazing display of BMX bikes, whilst there were lovely examples of BS motorcycles and the oldest motorcycle exhibit being the 1923 Triumph. There was also an amazing line-up of VW Camper vans which attracted much interest.
Visitors were able to browse the stalls selling everything from plants, autojumble, books and crafts. And there was fresh food being cooked and served by a hard-working team throughout the day to feed visitors. In all, a great day out for all the family, helping to raise funds for the School.
The prizes awarded at the end of the day were:-
Best car in show – 1970 Vauxhall Viscount belonging to Mr. Bowen
Best Sports Car – 1961 Daimler Dart – Jim Davis from Coventry
Best Motorcycle pre 1970 1947 Indian Chief belonging to Snowy
Best Motorcycle post 1970 – Honda belonging to Mr. Allen.
Best Club Stand – MX5 Club
We would like to say a big thank you to every who supported us. We had a great day and raised an amazing amount of money, just over £8500. We are well on our way to our new vehicle. And thank you to everyone who has made today happen, and a special thanks to the Friends of St Rose’s committee. See you all next year.