Classic Cars take over Greenwich for Park it in the Market

It is easy to tell summer has arrived when you suddenly notice there are classic car shows taking place everywhere. While June hasn’t been the best month here in the UK weather wise, there have been some excellent car shows in London and last night we paid a visit to Park it in the Market in Greenwich.

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Greenwich has one of the oldest markets in London. And ideal venue for old cars to gather.

Organised by the Mean OldTimers Classic Car and Motorcycle Club, they meet during the summer months in the heart of historic Greenwich. We had heard of the event before but hadn’t got around to going. Our Bertone x1/9 has been a bit sick lately with electrical issues (a story for another time) so we have missed a few of the clubs meets already this year. However we finally got our x1/9 sorted during the week (after months of issues… hurrah!) and decided it was perfect timing to take it to its first show of the year.

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We were a bit keen and were the first to arrive in Greenwich Park.

On the evening of the club meets, car owners gather in Greenwich park from 6.30pm onwards for some banter. We arrived early in the park and it wasn’t long before classics started to outnumber modern cars. At 7pm we all jumped into our cars and headed in convoy through the royal park and down into the market.

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A nice selection of classics started arriving.
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Our x1/9 looked tiny next to this Pontiac Firebird
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A couple of Rover P6’s were in town.
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This Ford Consul was really tidy.
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We loved this Porsche 356 C. It was gorgeous.
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The Beetle was dwarfed by the big American Chevrolet.
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Alvis, Spitfire and Chevy 3100. An impressive lineup. With an Alfa GT and the Porsche right at the very end.

Greenwich Market is a great venue for the club meet as it is covered, meaning hail rain or shine, the cars are kept nice and dry inside. As well as all the cars on show there’s live music and lots of food stalls, giving the market a real party atmosphere which we thought was pretty cool. It wasn’t long until the marketplace was buzzing.

We really liked the fact that owners can park up their car, go grab some food and enjoy the atmosphere whilst showing off their pride and joy. Even our x1/9 got lots of attention which was great. And for classic car fans its a great way to spend an evening. Music, food and classic cars… sounds like perfection to us! We estimated there was over 25 cars and roughly the same number of motorbikes crammed under one roof. An impressive number.

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An MG moves into position.
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It wasn’t long until the market was full with cars and bikes.

Now that our own pride and joy is fixed and back on the road (fingers crossed it stays that way) we will definitely be putting the Park it in the Market meet in our calendar.

The Mean OldTimers Classic Car and Motorcycle Club next Park it in the Market meet is on 28th July 2016. More details can be found here on their Facebook page.

Meanwhile here are some of the cars that caught our eye last night.

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Alfa Romeo 1750 GT alongside our Bertone x1/9.
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It’s amazing that Bertone designed both these cars. Such a difference between the two.
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The Porsche 365 C again. It was a stunner.



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This Alvis TE21 Drophead Coupe was beautiful.
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And it sported an interesting number plate.
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British fins versus American fins… does size matter?
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Ted took some time out from his busy celebrity schedule and popped by for a few Teddy Brewski’s.
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There were plenty of bikes on show too.
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We liked this Ducati.
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This Ford Mustang GTA made quite an entrance and drew a lot of attention.
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Now that’s a tidy V8. And yup its supercharged.
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Hercules tyres are need for all the Mustangs torque.
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A Chevrolet Ranchero was also there.
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The Pontiac Firebird looked menacing just parked.
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Our friend Darren of the Waterloo Classics Club was also there with his lovely Volvo P1800ES.
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Quite probably the most beautiful car at Park it in the Market. An exquisite Jaguar XK120.

Check out our visit to the Waterloo Classics Car Club meet in London

Highlights from St Christopher’s Classic Car Show 2015

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