Trip down memory lane as years of motoring history go on show

IT stood abandoned and unloved for more than 40 years, but yesterday a 1936 Austin Clifton was the star of a classic car show which took place on one of Sheffield's busiest streets.

The vintage soft top, owned by Steve Booler of High Green, Sheffield, was among more than 100 cars in the event, which drew large crowds of enthusiasts to The Moor in the city centre.

Mr Booler had driven the Clifton, which has a top speed of around 35mph, to the show and said he had spent hundreds of hours and several thousands of pounds on its restoration.

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Mr Booler was joined by the car's former owner Bob Mitchell, of Chapeltown, Sheffield, who said he had known of the car's existence since 1970.

Mr Mitchell said: "I had my eye on it for all those years, and eventually the opportunity came to buy it. I had to fetch it on a pick-up truck in two pieces and then I realised what a mammoth job it was."

After rebuilding the car and engine, Mr Mitchell had it taxed and tested, before selling it on to Mr Booler, who has carried out repairs to the bodywork, wooden frame and upholstery.

Mr Booler, who runs a garage in Thrybergh, near Rotherham, said the car was now worth around 12,000, and added: "It is a bit of a busman's holiday for me when I'm working on the cars, but it's all I've ever known."