Yesterday I thought that I would just be going to mooch around Wokingham, however unknown to me there was a very large Jaguar car show happening in Windsor which was one of the features on the Saturday Peach Quest on BBC Radio Berkshire so I decided to go there instead.
When I arrived, there were already hundreds of people lining the streets watching a procession of over 800 pristine shiny Jaguars snaking through the town and into Windsor Great Park. At first I could not see for all the people but it did not take long before somebody was kind enough to let me have a space close to the barrier.
Once I was at the front of the crowds I could see that Chris Brown the Windsor Town Crier was doing a walk about. When he spotted me he got the stewards to open the barrier and let me through so that I had a perfect view of the rest of the vehicles as they passed. Many of these cars had come a long way to this event and some of them had foreign number plates.
After all the cars had gone past the public viewing did not open until later, so I nipped off and had lunch in McDonald’s. Then I went down the High Street to queue to get into view the cars which had been lined up along the Long Walk.
On the Long Walk the cars were all parked in rows based on their classes and type. At one end of the Walk was a model racing track for people to race miniature radio controlled Jaguars. I came across a stall with a cake made to look like a Jaguar so of course I did not hold back when offered a free piece. All of this was accompanied by music played by a local band. Click the pictures to see more images in the gallery.
The event was largely free although it was raising money for the The Prince Philip Trust Fund. By buying the £10 programme, which was a family ticket, it allowed you into special enclosures to see the more specialist cars. Access was flat although a bit hilly.