Saturday, June 18, 2022, was a milestone in the history of the Classics on Show classic vehicle event organized by the Rotary Club of Stokesley. That was when the club marked the 10th anniversary of an event which has grown exponentially since its launch in 2012 and this year took on a celebratory air to mark the Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Just keeps growing…

“We’ve managed to grow the show in terms of exhibitors, visitors and revenue generated every year apart from 2015 when the weather let us down. A near torrential downpour kept exhibitors and visitors away and our takings sank to their lowest ebb yet – but other than that, we’ve really motored along!,” said Peter Chandler, President, Rotary Club of Stokesley.

The club has high hopes of this year’s event including anticipation of the display of a very, very rare 1925 Ford Model T – an original ‘Tin Lizzie.’ Owner Chris Dunne is hoping to bring the vehicle, registration number SV8272, all the way from Derby to Stokesley in North Yorkshire for Classics on Show where she will be a key attraction on the town’s Showfield. This particular Tin Lizzie, which can reach a top speed of close to 70mph, was built for racing and raced on dirt tracks in America until 1947 before being shipped to France and racing there until 1960 when it was despatched back across the pond to be restored and raced at T Rallies in the USA with great success. She made her way to England in 1990 and ran her last race in France in 1993.

“She’s certainly got our hearts racing at the prospect of meeting her here,” said Peter. “She will be a very appropriate showstopper as the 10th anniversary is a Tin anniversary – so Tin Lizzie really fits the bill.”

This year’s show will have a lot to live up to, following the 2021 record edition which brought in revenue of £11,140 – more than double the £5,320 income from the inaugural event. Visitor numbers in 2021 soared to 2,500 with an astounding 700 exhibiting fleet, of around 500 cars, plus tractors, buses, army trucks and motorbikes, taking to the Showfield in an event which featured its first dedicated motorcycle arena with models dating back to 1919 and also a display by the Eden Camp World War II museum of Malton and its re-enactment troupe. The results were so different from the launch event in 2012, which had attracted just 150 vehicles and 450 visitors.

“Last year was spectacular despite some rainfall shortly after lunchtime,” explained Chandler. “It benefitted I think by a huge desire from everyone to get back to near ‘normal’ after lockdowns and the social distancing of the pandemic which had meant that we had to abandon the 2020 show. The 2021 day was something of a hat trick in that we had a record vehicle turnout which tracked over 100 years of motorised transport, a record number of visitors, and a record gate take. It was also exceptional in the quality of the displays and the range of vehicles – many were rare edition models and some of museum quality. We’ve set our benchmark very high going forward.”

Heading into 2022, the club has decided to press ahead with a repeat of its dedicated motorcycle arena which proved a big draw. “We are also investigating the possibility of other dedicated vehicle arenas which help visitors quickly reach the vehicle types which interest them most.”

The entertainment line-up features the show’s stalwarts the Bilsdale Silver Band and there will be a new-look NAAFI Café run by Chapters Bistro of Stokesley, with the showground sporting bunting throughout to mark the Jubilee month.

Exhibitors and their vehicles enter for free, though everyone is encouraged to make a donation.  The show this year will raise funds for the Samaritans, Great North Air Ambulance and Blood Bikes as well as other Rotary charities. Visitors pay £7 each, or £15 for a family ticket, while auto-jumble traders pay £15 for a standard pitch. Classics on Show 2022 is sponsored by Mathewson’s classic vehicle auctions of Thornton-le-Dale; SG Petch, the family run multi franchised car dealership; and Lexus Teesside..