Classic Cars, Rock 'n' Roll & Sangria

Posted: March 21, 2014


The Southbank played host to a vintage car boot sale this weekend. Emma Holtham went back in time to expore.

Where to start? First of all, the weather was amazing. A hot and sunny day in the middle of March is practically unheard of, so Vintage were very lucky that it was blue skies above. The sun made for the perfect backdrop to mooch around, slurp some beers, taste some delicious food and admire the bodywork of bygone motors.  If it had rained, the picture might not have been so pretty. 

There were classic cars a plenty, if you love cars then you would be in heaven, but even if you are not a car connoisseur it would be hard for anyone not to appreciate the sheer splendour of the style and design of these classic rides. I know it is cliché but they really don’t make them like they used to. I was wowed by the size of 1950’s Cadillacs and Ford’s Mercury.  They made 4x4’s look tiny in comparison. It was a treat to peek inside Airstream and VW campers and watch people getting in bubble cars to have their picture taken. I fell in love with a 60’s Vespa, but sadly it wasn’t for sale.

As with many of these pop up festivals, the majority of the effort is put into the selection of the food and drink trucks on offer and this one certainly delivered. Spit and Roast took southern fried chicken to the next level. Tender, non-fatty chunks cut off the bone stuffed into a bun with Korean hot sauce and slaw, absolutely delicious! For some it may only wet the beak but you won’t need much of an excuse to try another truck. 

Bleecher St and Burger looked good and you can sit on stools outside Donostia social club, Tea and Crumpets is good for a snack and even Busaba Eathai had a van. Bob’s Lobster sold Lobster rolls and champagne by the bottle if a glass wasn’t enough. Hot dogs were massive and popular amongst the crowd. A glass of Sangria from the Cheeky Italian was £5 and it was the perfect drink to accompany browsing the car boots. 

The highlight by far though was the route master bar that turned out tunes from the open top deck. Speakers were all around the place so wherever you were you could hear the rock 'n' roll and doo wop beats of the 60s.

There were a few retro gems to be found in the form of record players, old telephones, crockery and attire but mostly childhood memories were dug up amongst the items on sale. A full set of soup bowls that came free with Reader’s Digest in the 80s/90s were on display and made me laugh as my mum still has these in the kitchen cupboard. Tony the tiger from Frosties was peering out of a VW campervan, looking a bit worse for wear, and old books and magazines made me realise how different the world was 40 years ago.

I will definitely go again, but mainly to see the cars.

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