A classic car show will be the first major event at the transformed Berry Hill Park

Pete Draycott, chief show organizer at the Little John club, driving one of three classic cars he owns.

With the help of nearly £3million from the government as part of its upgrade scheme, Mansfield District Council has ambitious plans to transform the run-down park into an exciting place to visit for day trips. family.

Improvement work is already underway, and penciled into the agenda for Sunday June 26 is a show hosted by the Ravenshead-based Little John Classic Car and Motorcycle Club.

The free all-day show (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will feature not only up to 150 historic and iconic vehicles, but also a range of entertainment, stalls, music, food and refreshments for the whole family , as well as an athletics meeting organized by the Mansfield Harriers club.

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A vintage Mini under the banner of the Little John Classic Car and Motorcycle Club.

“It could be a whole day,” says club member and chief organizer Pete Draycott.

“It’s the first show the club has ever put on, so it’s a bit of an unknown quantity. But we expect a minimum of 600-700 people.

“The idea is that it will be a family event and not just about cars. We hope the show can be part of the new vision the council has for Berry Hill Park.

“The goal is to make it an annual show with very diverse content.”

Members of the Little John Classic Car Club attend shows around the country with their vehicles.

The show is the brainchild of Pete, 74, who lives near the park and is a retired engineer. He worked for British Coal before running his own business, a consultancy which advised on design, installation and maintenance.

He owns three classic sports cars himself – a 1960 MGA, a 1997 MGF and an MGv8 that dates back to 2004. And he is one of around 200 paying members of the Little John Club which was formed in 2013 in Ravenshead pub of the same name.

A friendly organization, it is run by founder Ian ‘Clippo’ Clipson and his wife Sue. He holds weekly meetings every Wednesday evening at Mansfield Town Football Club’s Sandy’s Bar and has over 1,000 followers on his Facebook page.

According to the DVLA, the definition of a classic car is one that is at least 40 years old, while the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs says it must be at least 30 years old.

Founder Ian ‘Clippo’ Clipson and his wife, Sue, who run the Little John Classic Car and Motorcycle Club.

Either way, it’s estimated that there are over 1.5 million such vehicles in the UK and over 685,000 owners.

With an average age of 63, these owners spend an average of £4,223 a year on their cars. And the whole historic vehicle industry is said to be worth £7.2billion a year to the economy.

“Our members own a whole range of classic cars, from unusual one-offs, like a Messerschmitt bubble car, to the more common Ford Escorts and Ford Anglias,” says Pete. Most of them are from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

“For the show, we are limited to 150 places, which are open to all, cost £2 per vehicle and must be prepaid.

Historic vehicles come in all shapes and sizes.

“We’d like a really eclectic mix, and we’ve already had a lot of interest, including from the owner of a 1930s Rolls-Royce.”

Pete and the other members of Little John felt it would be a good idea to put on a show after attending others across the country before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

“Classic car shows are good social events, where like-minded people meet and discuss their vehicles,” he says.

“But there are very few premises in Mansfield, and some owners don’t like to travel too far with their car.

“Additionally, this country has a long-standing transportation heritage. Transportation is the backbone of the economy, and people should be aware of its history.”

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Classic car owners from across the country are expected at Berry Hill Park for the inaugural show.

Pete and his colleagues have won numerous awards for their cars at other shows. But keen to distance themselves from the competitive element, the club says there will be no trophies on offer at the Berry Hill event. Instead, he’s toying with an idea of ​​letting youngsters choose their favourites.

The Little John Club is proud to raise funds for charity. Over the years it has helped people with dementia and breast cancer, as well as the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulances. He is therefore delighted that most of the costs associated with the June show are already covered.

Mansfield Mayor Andy Abrahams has agreed to donate £500 from the Mayor’s 500 Fund, while two Mansfield South County councilors, Stephen Garner and Andrew Camilleri, each donate £250 from their divisional funds for projects local.

Meanwhile, volunteers from the Notts 4X4 Response charity, which helps police, paramedics and doctors in emergencies in bad winter weather, volunteered their services as marshals and with security, first aid and lost property.

Annesley-based Acacia Radio promised to oversee the music for the show, as well as organizing entertainment and games, such as tug of war for children.

And Pete’s own son, singer and guitarist Danny Draycott, who lives in Kirkby, is one of the artists lined up to perform that day.

“It’s going pretty well,” Pete says. “All we are looking for now are a few more stalls on site.

“The Academy Transformation Trust, which operates the Sutton Community Academy and Dukeries Academy, will be holding a booth.

“But we would like to have more, maybe a cake stand, a sweets stand or a duck hook.

“The show is organized in conjunction with the national Triumph Sports Mix Club and the Robin Hood Mini Club based in Mansfield.

“But help or offers from anywhere will be gratefully received.”

If you would like to set up a stand, or even get into a classic car, at the show, please feel free to call Pete on 07507 682205.

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