"The 32nd Nationals organised by the NASC took place at the renamed TrinityPark, Ipswich, and was by far the biggest and best yet," says NASC Chairman Mark Ashman. "With over 1,200 pre-entries it was always looking to be a very special event. The gates opened at Friday, and saw a huge line of Rods and classic American cars waiting to make the most of the weekend."
Lovely '37 Ford contrasts against Felixstowe seafront
"The welcoming party in the Barn kicked of at
Friday with the organisers favourite band - The Fat Cat Trio - who played their socks off to a very appreciative audience.One of the high points of the Nationals has always been the cruise. In 2005 there were over 600 vehicles on the Felixstowe Promenade, this year, the organisers counted no less than 643!Some traffic jam!Thoughtfully, the organisers had pre-warned local residents, who turned out to witness the parade with cameras ready.
Participants line-up prior to Saturday's cruise
Plenty of variety for onlookers to see
"Sunday morning saw more than a few hangovers accompanied by some lovely sunshine. The “Choppers ‘n’ Bobbers” show, now in its 3rd year was bigger then ever, and professionally headed by Bob Holland with Paul Beamish from Krazy Horse. The show is now becoming a must do event for some of Europe’s top Custom bikers. The Auto Art Exhibition hosted by Chris Bunting, the guy responsible for the fantastic artwork on the Nationals T shirts, was also well received.
The Krazy Horse display
"Come mid-day, the extended snowfield was full, with over 2,000 vehicles on display. Unlike any other show, the public play a big part in building the atmosphere of the show, and this year’s huge public attendance was no exception.
Slammed Chevy - pure and simple
”Thanks must go to my team,” says NASC Chairman Mark Ashman. “They work themselves into the ground for this event. Sleep, food, etc is sometimes not an option for any of us involved in running the show. Some of us (not me I hasten to add, as I am in my prime) are not getting any younger and we desperately need more help to put on this event. Everyone on the committee does the work of ten men so if you would like to help out we would love to hear from you, in fact it would be fair to say that we NEED to hear from you.
Prize giving in the main arena
“This years Nationals outstripped all our expectations for pre-entries, pay on the gate weekenders and the public gate. We desperately need some new blood if we are to continue putting on this event without killing ourselves. We’ve had a record year for supporting club events (can’t remember when I last had a weekend off) and in return we’d love to see more of the clubs getting involved with running the Nationals.
”Last but not least thanks to each and everyone of you who turned up and made the Nationals the biggest event of its kind in Europe. If I’ve forgotten to thank anyone it’s not intentional, I’m back home now but my brain is still in Suffolk.”
Story: Mark Ashman Photos: Trevor Yeo
Live band - one of the weekend's highlights
Camaro takes a break at the seaside
Model A coupe on display on Sunday
Heavily chromed front end on this Chevy truck is augmented by reflective headlights
Amazing workmanship on this scale T extends to the hand-cut, flamed rear tyres