There's something quite special about a hot summers day in England. Perhaps its beacuse we don't get many, or that we are as a nation completely obsessed with the weather. One thing is for certain though, that on those rare days when the sky is a beautiful azure blue, when the lilting gentle breeze massages itself over your skin and haze rises up from the concrete, we Brits will head for the outside. BBQ's, beer gardens, the call of the coast or the draw of a days cycling - I love all of these things. A car show on a gorgeous summers day though is something quite special.
There's something quite stunning about exotic and historic metal, lit up by the Sun, the burble of engines crackling through the air. I think it may have something to do with the desire to disappear into the sunset with the top down, surely everyone has that dream? It's a romance that takes us back to the Halcyon days of childhood, when summers seemed to last forever and dreams of owning beautiful cars didn't seem that far out of reach. Of course for most of us these days with normal existances the cars we lusted after as kids are always going to remain a dream. Thank goodness then for the car shows that are such a feature of a summer season, that allow us to get close to and, just for a second, come within touching distance of our metallic crushes. To be so close to some of those Marques is akin to meeting a celebrity, whether Italian finesse or American muscle is your thing people pose next to their idols for photos - mechanical celebrity met.
For me the beauty is in the detail. The beautifully crafted curves of the body, the famous badges and the smattering of exitic materials - Carbon weave is a truely stunning thing to behold. I like the little touches, spark plugs in the cockpit of old endurance racers, labels showing which dealership sold the car way back when and the neat individual owners touches. Then there are the colours. Nothing quite beats the deep, sometimes outlandish paint jobs of a supercar or hotrod, shimmering in the light.
All hail the great summer Car show.