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Extravaganza of motors US-style

MORE than 400 vehicles built in America are expected at an annual event at Hatton Country World, near Warwick, this weekend.

MORE than 400 vehicles built in America are expected at an annual event at Hatton Country World, near Warwick, this weekend.

Many of the American Auto UK’s 2,000 members from across the globe will be showcasing their prize possessions including Cadillacs and Chevrolets cars, motor homes and Harley Davidson motorbikes.

Richard Miller, the CEO of the club which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, said that the first event at Hatton last year had proved so popular that they were excited to be returning.

“There was a great crowd last year with many families coming along to get up close to these magnificent vehicles.

“We have autos dating back to the 1900s and include anything with an American engine. I’m currently helping a member import a 1903 Oldsmobile which looks very much like a horse-drawn carriage but which was in fact the first high-volume gasoline automobile.”

Mr Miller, who owns a Dodge Van 250, a Honda Goldwing and a large motor home, said the attraction of the American-built vehicles was in their comfort and the rumble of the engine, but that for him the appeal was that they had real character and uniqueness with there seldom being any two vehicles that look the same.

“I got my first American vehicle in 1961, a Studebaker President. My passion really started then and I love being able to share my interest with other enthusiasts across the world,” he added.

The weekend event runs from 8.30am until 5pm each day and there will also be stores, food vendors and a band on Saturday night. Entry is free, as is parking. Hatton Country World is located just off the A4177 between Warwick and Solihull.

 

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