South Zeal Classic Car & Bike Show at The Oxenham Arms

Laura White
Laura White

The 3rd South Zeal Classic Car & Bike Show organised by The Oxenham Arms Hotel took place recently, with more vehicle entries than previous years.

The passion of the owners shone through on what turned out to be a damp but bright spirited day for all those competing.

Organiser Simon Powell, landlord of the Oxenham Arms said, “We added a new class this year to enable owners of cars of more recent manufacture to be entered, namely ‘Future Classic Cars’ and these vehicles also proved to be extremely popular with many spectators and overall we raised £200.54 for our village school and church.”

A lovely addition was the collection of 2 Triumph Stags and an MGB roadster brought along by Sue and Mark Oxenbury of Throwleigh. Spectators were able to vote on ‘The vehicles that they would most like to take home with them.’ Trophies and prizes were awarded by Gill Hobbs, representing South Tawton Church ( one of the benefactors of the monies raised on the day, along with South Tawton Primary School) to the following entrants:

The winner of the classic cars was a Red MGB Roadster Mk1 1965 owned by David Seddon of South Zeal.

The winner of the Future Classic Cars was a Red Ferrari California 2012 owned by Brian and Enid Thompson of Exeter.

Winner of Classic Motorcycles was a Silver Triumph T100 SS 1968 owned by Graham Loram of Throwleigh.

All car and bike entries are asked to write some interesting facts about their vehicles and the most lovely story was by Rob Pike with his 1961 Austin Mini. Rob’s Mum and Dad bought the car new in 1961 for their wedding at a price of £530.

Rob’s first trip in the car was a year later when he was brought home from Exeter hospital after he was born! The car was passed from his father to his mother and then to Rob.

In the year 2000, someone stole Rob’s mini when it was parked at Fingle Bridge, however almost as if the mini did not want to be stolen, she overheated 20 minutes after the thieves drove away, forcing them to abandon the car and it was recovered and returned back to Rob the next day. The car is lovely and original, with its pull wire door handles and original seats. Had there been a ‘best effort’ prize, said Simon, it would have to go to the gentleman from Exmouth who arrived in his yellow 3 wheeler JZW, complete with flying helmet and goggles, only to realise he had a slow puncture so had to ‘take off’ again immediately back home before his tyre went flat.

The South Zeal Classic Car and Motorcycle Show is now an established annual event to both have a lot of fun and raise money for local causes.

Simon Powell the organiser would like to invite anyone who may be interested in registering a vehicle for the next show, to email him at and an information pack will be sent by return.

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