No, it’s not a typo. When Mrs Duisberg and I first moved to the Melton Mowbray area, she was less than impressed with the modest selection of shops in this little market town. As a city girl she was used to shops stocked with every kind of exotic vegetable and free-range handbag, but Melton’s shelves offered less choice than communism, she reckoned. “Melton Mowbray? Moscow Mowbray!”, and the name stuck. Anyway, here are some classic cars pictured there last Friday;


These little local meets are great. Owners will let you have a good poke about [insert Melton inbreeding gag here] and there’s a small but very diverse selection of cars to admire, snapped here outside shops you won’t find in Chelsea. The Vodaphone E-type looked particularly good, the Greenwood’s MGB and Thornton’s Rover P6 selection appealed too.

Outside Costa sat a lovely late XJS and a Triumph Dolomite with a selection of track stickers. We love it when classic cars get used. ShoeZone hosted a Wolseley Six Eighty and downwind of greasy Greggs was a Mini, a car once utterly ubiquitous on our roads yet now a rarity and well worth sharing at shows.
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Charity shops abound here. Cancer Research was the backdrop for a Pristine two door Volvo Amazon, British Heart Foundation hosted a Renault 6 and Marie Curie an MR2. Melton is a nice little town and these cars all look good (reserving judgement on the pink Herald’s wheels), it might not be Chelsea but you won’t find a Chelsea tractor here, and that’s got to be a good thing, right? Thanks to the organiser and to Melton borough council for encouraging this kind of thing. See you in the Anne of Cleves for a pork pie and a pint.

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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  1. Brandon Sims

    Looks like a great collection of cars, The meets are always great. You get to meet new people and see their passion for cars and especially people who love their classic cars have a unmatchable enthusiasm. They treat their cars as if they are family member and the love can be seen in their eyes. Feels so Good.

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