Teenager takes inspiration from his vintage car enthusiast grandfather to host massive vintage car event attracting 150 amazing vehicles
A teenager who took inspiration from his grandfather’s classic car shows to host an event in his parents’ garage when he was just 10 years old has now turned the humble exhibition into a big event – Attracting 150 vintage engines.
Now 17, after helping his grandfather Clive Lungmass, 77, run the shows for seven years, schoolboy Max Jones has now taken matters into his own hands – turning them into huge community events held at a local farm and donating its profits to a military charity.
Bursting with pride at the accomplishments of his son, his mother, Emma Jones, 47, a general practice nurse, of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, said: “Max has done incredibly well with the show.”
She added: “It has always been something that he was very passionate about, so it was amazing to see him take the reins.”
Emma, who also has a daughter, Alice, 11, remembers how Max started putting on mini-shows at home and inviting her, her father, Tony, 51, a contract manager for the maintainer, his sister and other relatives, when he was only 10 years old. .
He caught the virus from his grandfather, who lives in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and started hosting shows in 2005, when Max was one year old.
Emma said: “Her grandfather collects classic cars. He has done a few car rallies and has seven classic cars at home in his garage.
“That’s how it all started. Max was very interested in cars as a child and loved to help them.
“He started organizing small family events, inviting his aunts and uncles to come and view the cars in the garage and asked for charitable donations to raise money for good causes.”
She added, “Max has had auto shows with his grandfather every year since he was 10 and they are getting bigger and bigger.
“Each year Max has given himself a little more independence with them, but this is the first year he has taken over the event.”
Fortunately, as the event grew in interest, in 2016 the owners of Lupine Farm in nearby Orgreave, Staffordshire, let them move it there.
Emma said: “It has become such an important event for the community.
“Local stores and businesses are donating for the raffle and raffle that we are running.
“We also sell hot food, cakes, tea and coffee.
She added: “Donations are taken from the show to go to charity, it’s a really happy day.”
But despite his love of classic cars, learning to drive Max does not yet own one of the engines he admires so much.
Emma said: “I think he has an eye on some of his grandfather’s cars.”
She added: “He told Max that they could be his someday.
“We are all very proud of Max. It’s fantastic that he has done so well.
“He put all of his effort into these classic car events, and it really shows.”
Today, the events – held in September this year – attract over 150 classic cars and bring together around 300 people.
Max said: “Shows have always been a great opportunity for me to meet people and for my family to come together.
“When I talk to people they say they are looking forward to them, which really motivated us to keep going. “
He added: “Last year in particular we had a really nice lineup of cars so I was looking forward to getting everyone back.
“We get a mix of different cars at the events, but the most popular seem to be from the 1940s and 1950s.”
And the vintage car enthusiast is keen to stress how important his grandfather remains on the big day.
He said: “My grandfather is still involved. He is now working on the event as a parking lot attendant and arranges where all classic cars will be parked on the lot.
“Now that we have the land, it’s ideal, so the plan is to keep hosting the events and making them even bigger and better until we have to find a bigger venue.”
And they’re all for a good cause – with the proceeds going to The Not Forgotten, a charity that organizes events for injured military personnel and disabled veterans to improve physical and mental health.
Max said, “Charitable work is important to me because it is something my grandfather always supported when he ran the shows.
“I want to continue to contribute to them and help raise more money for what they do.
“The goal of the day is for people to have fun, enjoy seeing the cars and helping out for a good cause.”
For more information visit: www.thenotforgotten.org