SANDS OF TIME: Cavalcade of classic cars

Some of the classic cars on show at Sands of Time
Some of the classic cars on show at Sands of Time

Ford Zephyr owner Peter Denham rocked his way to the number one spot in the Sands of Time classic motor cavalcade.

Mr Denham’s rare 1956 Mk II Highline convertible took the best in show award as well as the top prize in the 1940-59 category.

He said: “This car is history. It’s all about the rock’n’roll era of the 1950s and 60s.

“It brings back some memories when people look at it.

“It’s one of only five of the Highline convertibles which are known about in this country.

“It’s in showroom condition with a power hood and overdrive.

“There’s no power steering and it’s quite a heavy, wide car and you’ve got to drive it.

“It feels special owning a car like this. I get a lot of reactions when I go round in it.”

The prizes were the first Mr Denham, 68, of Fareham in Hampshire, had won in his third year in the event.

More than 50 vehicles were entered and motored around the town in a cavalcade before spending the afternoon on the front lawn of the Royal Norfolk Hotel.

They ranged in age from a 1926 Amiscar G/CGS owned by JM Gibson of Barnham to Brighton man Derek Lloyd’s 1988 Ginetta G30.

There was also a smattering of vans, two military vehicles and a couple of motorcycles.

Also among them was the 1968 Morris 1300, nicknamed Jodie, owned by Joe Hutt of Middleton.

He told visitors: “Jodie is my everyday drive and is outside all year, with a cover in the winter.

“I drive Jodie most days for shopping, holidays and runaround.

“Classic cars are fun to drive and a talking point when out and about.

“This is my first show in the two years I have owned her. I moved here three months ago from Iver in Bucks.”


Group A: cars 1920-1949: 1 David Garn, Woking (1929 Singer Junior), 2 Alan Jump, Winchester (1929 Ford Model A);

Group B: cars 1950-1959: 1 PA Denham, Fareham (1956 Ford MkII Zephyr Highline), 2 Leslie Jewiss, Selsey (1950 Lea Francis 14HP);

Group C: cars 1960-1969: 1 Grant Ford, Bognor Regis (1965 Jaguar Mk2), 2 ME Price, Chichester (1969 Ford Cortina);

Group D: cars 1970-1979: 1 GF Crowter, Selsey (1966 Hillman Series 6 – substitute entry), 2 Anne Davis, Berkshire (1970 Vanden Plas Princess);

Group E: cars 1980-2010: 1 Anthony Amis, Selsey (1984 Ford Granada), 2 Graeme Spong, Dorking (1982 Ford Cortina Crusader);

Group F: American vehicles: 1 Larry Taylor, Worthing (1956 Cadillac Sedan de Ville);

Group G: Daimlers and friends: 1 Doone Ellerton, Arundel (1935 Lanchester 12/6 Sports Saloon), 2 Philip Bazlington, Felpham (1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow);

Group H: Motorcycles: 1 Jason Pierce, Felpham (1964 BSA250 Star racer), 2 Mr TA Bartley, Bognor Regis (1950 Sunbeam 5.8);

Group J: Public service vehicles: 1 Richard Buckles, Bordon (1948 Nuffield Taxi);

Group K: Military vehicles: 1 John Brandhuber, Bognor Regis (1959 Daimler Ferret Mk 2/4 scout car), 2 Stephen Hogan, Tangmere (1955 Daimler Ferret Mk 2/4 scout car);

Best in Show: PA Denham, Fareham (1956 Ford MkII Zephyr Highline);

Best period costume: 1 John Brandhuber and Stephen Hogan (joint), 2 Leslie Jewiss.