The Diamond Jubilee weekend continued on Monday when the Haslemere Classic Car Show had entered the local Jubilee Carnival Procession. After years of carrying ViP passengers such as Sir Stirling Moss, Adrian Newey and Will Young, Mario was to have the ultimate guest… Her Majesty herself.
The Queen made herself comfortable in the back (with the remaining Corgi), adorned in the state crown, the bunting fluttered in the breeze and with his vintage clad driver in position we set off on the most important journey of his life.
We lined up with other local classic enthusiasts and waited for the off. Our ‘Cavalcade’ included a 1900 De Dion Bouton, a 1910’s Minerva, 1930’s MG and Alvis Crested Eagle, 50’s Morris Minor and Sunbeam Talbot 90, the 60’s were represented by a Daimler Dart, Mario and a Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV and the 70’s by a Jaguar E-type and a Triumph Spitfire, quite a diverse little group representing the decades of motoring.
At 2pm the procession set off through the town with the cars interspersed throughout the floats representing many local organisations. Despite the slow walking pace the cars all behaved impeccably. We wound our way along the High Street and Lower Street where the Road works had been removed especially for us. As we approached Wey Hill the crowds swelled and we were greeting by a mass of waving flags.
Her Majesty waved to her people and excited children shouted out ‘look it’s the Queen’. We turned onto Lion Green where the town Jubilee Party was being held – cream tea and entertainment for nearly 5000 people and parked up, the public flocked to see Mario and his ViP passenger before she disappeared into the crowd… last seen heading for the tea tent, Haslemere has never seen anything like it and many small children went home excited that they had seen the Queen!
PS More pictures of the day are online