Sunday, 26 April 2015

Festival Of Vintage 2015

For the past two years I have attended the Festival Of Vintage at the racecourse in York.  I remember the horrible drizzling rain from last year, so with this week being fantastically sunny and bright, I was looking forward to a sunnier trip to one of Britain's loveliest cities.

Unfortunately, Saturday dawned dismal yet again, and it was under a cloudy sky that we set off very early for t'other side of the Pennines.  The last time I was in a car with my chauffeur of the day was that fateful trip back from Birmingham, so I was hoping for a less stressful trip on this occasion.

Everything, actually, went well on this leg of the trip... too well in fact, as it was 9.00am when we trundled into the carpark at York Racecourse - the event itself did not open for another hour!

The early arrival meant that we didn't have to queue too long, though, and it was just after the hour when we stepped through into the festival itself.  I caught up with friends running some of the stalls first, knowing that they'd be too busy later on to chat.  Next stop - have a quick look at the glorious cars outside before it got too busy to take photographs undisturbed.

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015 - Classic Cars

Some of the chrome work and detailing on the cars was superb, and it's all those little design flourishes that make cars and motorbikes like these special - though I'm not sure how Euro NCAP would view the 'Pedestrian Slicer-Dicers' on the big Cadillac these days (top-right in the photo below)...

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015 - Classic Details
A quiet (and rare) moment meant there was an opportunity for a quick stocking flash, hastily snapped as one large group of visitors had passed and before the next arrived...

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015 - Stockings!

 Favourite cars of the day, so deserving their own photos,were...

The Cadillac and beautiful caravan in fifth...

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015 - Cadillac and Airstream caravan
Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015
Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015


Fourth place - the cheerful blue Austin A35...

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015 - Austin A35



Bronze medal to the cherry-red Chevrolet pick-up...

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015 - Chevrolet



Runner-up prize to the black Caddy...

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015 - Cadillac



But first prize to a stunning yellow Chevrolet hotrod.  Wonderful.

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015 - Chevrolet
Inside the halls there was lots of shopping to be done, although I'm not especially in need of a great deal at the moment.  I did however find two bargains - a couple of dresses that cost me just £65 for the pair!  I was rather pleased that I'd behaved and not blown all of my funds during the day.  Sadly, in trying on the first outfit of the day, I managed to slide a high heel down the inside of my leg, laddering my stocking.  Oh well, such is the price for sexy stylish fashion, I suppose.


Along with all the vintage fashions there was lots of fabulous vintage homeware and knick-knacks to browse through.  As much I don't have room in my own apartment for lots of stuff (my shoes and clothes will always take precedence!) it's still lovely to look at it all.

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015
Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015
Along with classic cars and motorbikes, clothing stalls and vintage homewares, the Festival Of Vintage boasts entertainment too - this year featuring the rather lively and colourful Jive Aces, who did a loud and foot-tapping set whilst we had a late lunch, finishing with their upbeat version of Singing In The Rain.

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015 - The Jive Aces


There was just time left for a last goodbye to friends before heading back to the car and starting the journey home.  It was a lovely day, and I'm happy to report that we made it back to Manchester without any major detours (are you listening Birmingham? - it can be done!).

Dexi Delite - Manchester Escort - Festival Of Vintage 2015


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