The annual invasion of Harpenden Common took place on the
evening of 28th July. This annual motoring extravaganza is truly a delight. A
truly non-commercial venture, with organisers and participants doing their
thing purely for fun.
This Tatra created a lot of interest Click Here for
More about these interesting Cars
Just a few of the cars in Falcon's impressive
Three Wheelers Ancient and Modern
It’s organised by Peter Madden of the Rover P5 Owners Club and John Tibble,
the landlord of The Carpenters Arm’s. The whole thing started in 1994 when
they organised an impromptu picnic and 25 cars turned up. Pleased with their
success they organised another one next year and there were 125 participants.
By 2003 it was up to 1800 and the event was spewing onto the roadside and
verges for a half mile radius.
The success has been it’s complete informality. There are no awards,
classes or trade stands. If a club wants to put a show together they have to
turn up together as there are no pre-assigned spaces. As it is a
non-commercial event there is no expensive publicity campaign but this year
there were some changes, borne out of the events success.
Permission to use the common had always been on the basis that it wouldn’t
be used until the evening. However, as the event became more popular, so
vehicles arrived earlier and earlier in the afternoon, because if you came to
late you couldn’t get on and were relegated to roadside parking. Then there
was the cruise element a drag racing as the evening went on!
So for 2004 participants had to pre-book, for the princely sum of a £2
charitable donation and there were dire warnings that the police were going to
take a dim view of drag racing and excessive “cruising”. None of this stopped
this year’s event being another outstanding success. The Common was absolutely
packed with cars and bikes. In theory they have to be more than 20 years old
but more modern “interesting” vehicles are allowed on so there were plenty of
Kit Cars and an alarming number of Dodge Vipers amongst the Austin Sevens!
Falcon had arranged to be together which meant arriving at the same time
via a short cruise from the A5 Truck Stop. We had a nice selection of cars and
Tom Goggin had rigged up a Generator and TV to show Video’s, which attracted a
lot of interest. As to our cars it was inevitably the MGeetle that stole the
show. Dave Nash has really got his creation looking very nice with a really
tidy engine bay which now comes complete with a plumbed in fire extinguisher
system. It was very interesting to listen to the questions, the most common
being why! Most people thought Dave’s car was an MGB with a Beetle engine but
it’s more a Beetle with an MGB body! The rear engined theme continued
elsewhere with a nice display of three Tatra’s, click here
for the Classics on the Common Web Site