Kent Heritage & Transport  Show held at the Detling Showground on Saturday 5th April 2014

Organisers of the 5th annual Heritage Transport Show are delighted with the event that took place on Saturday 5th April 2014.
Lucy Hegarty event organiser, said "We had over 5,000 people on site during the event and there was a marked increase in the number of quality vintage vehicles. The South East Bus Festival welcomed exhibitors from all over the county with an impressive display of buses and coaches."
The free bus rides around the Showground were once again popular and were full of passengers enjoying both the ride and the trip down memory lane. There were over 120 buses at the event and many of them were able to participate, making it a dificult choice of which bus to go on next.
The South East Bus Festival team gave a special thank you to owners who made their buses and drivers available to provide a connecting shuttle service to get people from Sittingbourne and Maidstone into the show. I think this is a superb idea as it helps those that dont drive or get a lift from someone to visit this show.
The new layout for this year, due to the nearly completed Maidstone Exhibition Hall meant visitors were able to take a clear route through the many specialist sections of vintage vehicles. 
The Show on Saturday 5th April, organised by the Heritage Committee of the Kent County Agricultural Society, raises funds for the Heritage Section at the main County Show in July.
Bernard Pike, Chairman said, "Every year we have been lucky with the weather and this year was no exception. The number and quality of the entries was brilliant and in particular we welcomed a larger military section and several new car clubs.  
One of the liveliest areas on the Showground was the Kent Capri and Ford Club. This group formed in 1986 as the 'Kent Capri Club' and later incorporated other Ford vehicles. Paul Holland from the club said, "The Heritage Transport Show is the club's first show of the year and we really enjoy the fact that we get to talk to the public.  Owning and restoring vintage cars is not a hobby to be taken lightly but is hugely rewarding.  Everyone in our club has a love for Fords and it will be the same for every other individual who has bought a vehicle here today."
I just had to take this photo . . . . mmmm well what can I say??
The Kent members of the FFA came along and well supported our stand, with Wendy working flat out sorting the refreshing Cup of T for the members aswell as selling the merchandise, while Rod enjoyed himself chatting with old & new members about future shows / events & times good times gone by.
The New Kent FFA sign made by Rodney looks fantastic as does our Mascot "Arkwright" on his Major
Conrad Hopkins & Ken Bailey Loaded up with their Fordson ready for home.

See you all and more at the Kent County Show

on 11th - 13th July. Wendy says " Kettle's on Boy's"

Words & Photos - Ernie

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