Thousands head to revamped Southern Motor Show

WHEELS A Toyota Supra owned by Chris Barnby of Hashiriya Shows

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MORE than 10,000 people visited Gosport for a huge car show.

With a stunt display team, dog show and ‘show and shine’ car competition, the Gosporteers’ Southern Motor Show was a roaring success.

Ahead of the event at Stokes By on Bank Holiday Monday, more than 700 drivers had registered to bring along their vehicles for judging.

And they were joined by hundreds on the day, bringing the total up to around 1,500 vehicles on site.

This year the show’s organisers, the Gosporteers, got a boost from the team at Modified Xtreme Promotions.

Karl Britton, from the firm, said his team’s hard work with the Gosporteers had made it a success.

He said the atmosphere was ‘absolutely electric.’

‘We had a 90m by 30m arena, with the Tigers motorcycle display team doing jumps through fire,’ he said.

‘Then we had the dog display team, which was pretty awesome.

‘It went down really well and we had the Miss Southern Motor Show competition.’

That competition was won by Imia Leigh Dawkins from Gosport, with Zoom Hairdressing, in Havant, doing judging.

Mayor of Gosport, Cllr John Beavis was at the show – and even lay down as one of the motorcycle display team jumped over him.

He said: ‘It was a really odd sensation.

‘It sounded like they were actually going behind your head as opposed to over your body.’

The organisers plan to hold another show next year.

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