London 100 Years of Cars Parade 2006

To celebrate the return of the Motor Show to London after 30 years. To be held at the Excel Centre – Sponsors of the parade.

This parade was the first time London has had a car parade – hence 100 years’ of cars and to think that one of our club cars – My Panther Lima (which is celebrating its thirtieth birthday this year) was the only Panther in the parade !! Out of all the thousands of cars who wanted to enter this event, only 250 were chosen for the parade. On the morning of 16th July, Terry Borton, our Chairman, had phoned to wish us a good day. After heavy traffic into London we arrived in plenty of time. On arrival at Park Lane we were shown to our position, Section 22, 1970 – 80. We were given parade flags. Lin and I started wandering around looking at the old classic cars. It was really a sight to see!! Cars used in films too. Like Roger Moore’s Volvo from ‘The Saint’ and Austin Powers’ mini, to name just a few. Jodie Kidd was starting the parade, with the Royal Air Force marching band and cheer leaders. 1900 – 1910 – 1920 – 1940 - 1960 and then our section started to roll. We were followed by the music from the 70s.

As we entered Piccadilly we could not believe how many people were there, all cheering and waving, with cameras flashing. We know how Posh and Becks feel now!!! There were thousands of people lining the route and to see Clive and Zoe, our son and daughter in the crowd, made the day.

Clive said as we came around into Trafalgar Square the car was gleaming and the chrome spoke wheels just looked something else glistening in the sunlight – “By the way Dad have you seen my tooth brush ??” The car stood out against the other 70s’ cars, as the Lima was made to look older that it really is. If only Bob Jankel had lived to see his Lima in the parade.

Lin and I would like to say how proud we are to represent the Panther Car Club at this rare event. Regards to you all Jim and Lin Dempster