Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Stars and stripes

This time we're back on our travels. On 5 July we decided to visit the Stars and Stripes American Car Show at Tatton Park. It's been on my list of things to do for a while but we've always managed to miss it before. Now, I generally have absolutely no interest in cars - they're just a way to get from A to B. However, I do love the style and details of old classic cars and particularly those from '50s and '60s American movies. Just thinking about them makes me want to skip around in one of those dresses with a big flared skirt and with my hair in a pony tail! Or wear a stetson...

I always knew it would come in handy one day :-)

First we did a tour of the stalls.

The colours of the bracelets on this one caught my eye.

As did these saucy metal signs!

As well as new goods, there were lots of vintage stalls and you could buy almost everything including a bathroom sink!

After the stalls it was time to look at some cars.

This Pontiac was probably my favourite of all the cars on display. I love the style, colour and all the chrome details.

Even the inside was gorgeous.

A Buick. Love the restrained two-tone colour and the hole details.

Another Buick. Loved the front of this one with all the chrome details.

A Chevrolet truck.

Chickpea was protesting by this point so a change of scenery was needed and we went over to watch a Wild West shootout.

After the performance you could wander around the camp.

Love that crochet blanket!

Next it was time for food so we went back to the car and sat on the grass having our picnic before returning to look around the cars again.

Lovely wing details on this Cadillac.

And look at the amazing rear of this 1959 Chevrolet!

A blast from the TV past. Hands up those of you who watched Starsky and Hutch (I was a Hutch girl).

Or sang along with the good ol' boys of the Dukes of Hazzard? Did you have a pair of Daisy Dukes?

There were also motorbikes on display. This Harley Davidson was my favourite with all the airbrushing, chrome and leather details.

We also liked this one which had 'Tribute to Cher' carved on the exhaust pipe.

Lots more airbrushing on this row of trucks. I liked the Twilight one but Chickpea preferred Batman.

Just time to sit with a drink and listen to the band playing country and rock music before we called it a day.

The show had a great atmosphere and we'd definitely consider going again.

Before I go, something else from a car - mine yesterday on the car park at work. Can you see the temperature? 30 degrees! Maybe a tad too warm but long may it continue - I'm loving our heatwave :)


  1. It looks as though you had a great time!! The crochet blanket is gorgeous isn't it! How great to have the wild west activities going on as well, it makes it more interesting for those not so interested in the cars! Not sure about the bathtub though!! xx

  2. The cars look stunning, hubby and sons would have loved this, not sure I would have managed a full day.
    Amanda xx

  3. Oh dear, the Western shoot-out...I know that people love Westerns but guns...well, I do wish that the fascination with guns would cease
    . My Grandfather had a 57 Chevy, that is the best Classic car since it holds such memories for me!
    Wish I could have gone with you, lovely to see Old Glory in another country that I love! xx

  4. oh that temperature is ridiculous! I am not coping well with this heat, can't believe the summer we're having, so un-british! Too hot for me!

    The car show event looked like a fun and interesting day out :)

  5. Your photos are fantastic! I felt as if I was there! What a great day out, really interesting. That crochet blanket is beautiful.
    Marianne x