Dutch couple make pilgrimage to Devon County Show in classic car

A DUTCH couple made a pilgrimage of hundreds of miles to the Devon County Show – driving their classic car.

Cees and Reny Berkvens traveled from Holland for the show at Westpoint near Exeter, in their classic Citroën DS, towing their holiday caravan behind them.

Camping in Woodbury, near the fairgrounds, they are at the show today on the Crash Box and Classic Car Club stand.

The club has members from all over Devon, who brought their cars to show visitors during the three days of the show.

Reny explained that they often vacationed in Devon.

Their car’s hydraulics provided a very smooth ride, making it ideal for cross-country travel, despite its venerable age.

Reny said: “We love coming to England and my husband loves classic car shows. We wanted to go to Devon and were invited to come to the Devon County Show.

“Our car is a 1971 Citroën DS, so it is 51 years old and it still drives very well. My husband restored it. We are on vacation here and we are staying at a nearby campsite.

She added: “English people love old things, they cherish them, it was new to us so it’s very nice to come to England.”

Cees said he enjoys showing the car off and meeting other owners who are passionate about all things vintage.

‘In Holland it’s more, ‘why doesn’t it fit?’ that sort of thing.’

Here, he says, people have understood.

The vintage car stand is run by Mike Dalby of Uffculme, from the Crash Box and Classic Car Club, which has members across Devon. The cars on display range from 1930 through the 1970s and 1980s.

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Mike himself had brought his 1930 MG Midget.

“I bought it around 2004 and have been destroying it ever since,” he said. “I drove it to the Lake District in 2016 and Cheltenham in 2018. It does around 40mph uphill and around 50mph downhill. We take the winding roads. I drove him to the show on Wednesday from Uffculme.

He said he decided to broaden the scope of “vintage” to the 1980s.

“I originally wanted pre-war cars here and was trying to get mostly pre-war cars, but someone told me people wanted to see cars that their grand -dad drove or their dad drove or cars they remember from childhood so we decided to have more modern cars that’s why we left from the 1980’s we even had a 2004 Renault here on Thursday, they only made a handful.

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