Mustangs, Cadillacs, Buicks and Pontiacs on show at American car display
- Credit: ADAM BEALING
It was stars and stripes galore this weekend as car fans flocked to Suffolk to enjoy the sight of some of the best motor vehicles the US has ever produced.
The Suffolk American Car Show took place at Stonham Barns near Stowmarket, with organisers expecting around 800 vehicles to make the trip over for the second running of the car show.
Almost a century’s worth of cars rolled up representing a range of makes and models, from Mustangs and Cadillacs to Buicks and Pontiacs.
Car owners and fans arrived all over the country with some travelling down from Newark, across from Hertfordshire and up from London just to attend the event and show off their pride and joys in the show ring.
Stalls and traders also provided car lovers the opportunity to upgrade their own motors.
Events manager at Stonham Barns, Gary Newland, said that he had been “absolutely overwhelmed” by turnout at the event.
Uncle Sam himself was out and about dressed in brightly coloured trousers and a top hat. He posed for pictures with visitors and also helped to hand out the prizes for the best cars at the show.
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One of the highlights of the weekend for many was the entrance of a Lincoln Continental car to the main ring at the show.
Not only was the car flanked by Uncle Sam but was also joined by Lincoln, a bald eagle who lives at the nearby Suffolk Owl Sanctuary.
“We wanted to have a them about the event. We thought that was quite appropriate,” said Mr Newland.
The strong US theme was continued through a large amount of American flags at the site and through music being performed on the day.
Ipswich rock and roll band Josh and the Lockerbillies performed on the Barn stage, with jive dancing provided by Mark and Lin Vincent.
Around 20 original Second World War vehicles – including troop carriers and field ambulances – paraded around the event to highligh the county’s links with American GIs during the war.
Indeed Mr Newland attributed much of the event’s success to the strong links Suffolk maintains with the US.
“Everything went well and everyone had a great time,” said Mr Newland.
“The weather was definitely on our side and everyone was enjoying the atmosphere.”