If you like taking a tyre-kicking walk through rows of old cars, it’s hard to beat some of the classics-on-the-common style events that take place through Britain’s summer.
Last week I went to an event in Harpenden, whose sunny town lawns hosted no less than 1200 classics beneath a sun that bordered on the sweltering.
There were two Iso Grifos, for instance, these Giugiaro-designed, Corvette-engined 1960s coupés among the most handsome of the decade, more handsome than the competing Lamborghini 400 GT that was also present.
There was a Vauxhall Monaro that had been rebodied as a two-door, befinned 1950s Vauxhall Cresta - an amazing piece of home-engineering - and a beautifully restored Vauxhall Chevanne. If you’re wondering what that is, it was a commercial version of the Griffin’s 1970s Chevette, and the cost of reconditioning it must massively outweigh its value.
And if you like Ferraris, there was a whole red cluster of them in one corner, including a concours F50, the prancing horse seemingly good enough to gain admission from moderns like the 599 GTB, which seems a bit partisan of the organisers.