Bradford classic car show proves a crowd puller in City Park

A Metro 6R4 rally car

Putting the final touches to his P1800 Volvo is Geoff Naylor

Looking into the 'Kitt' Knight Ryder Pontiac Firebird car is Samantha Selby

With his basket of Bread and his Jowett Bradford Van is Ray Horsfall

Cars of all ages types and era like the Bedford BT van and the Jaguar E Type

Playing about with some Rally tires is Jack Smith

Fans get the chance to get up close to some iconic 80's examples

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

AN ICONIC talking car from a famous 1980s television show provided one of many star attractions at a bumper car spectacular in Bradford.

A replica of KITT, the sleek Pontiac Trans-Am used by David Hasselhoff's crime-fighter Michael Knight in Knight Rider, took pride of place outside City Hall for the Bradford Classic and Performance Show on Saturday.

The famous black vehicle - signed by the Hoff - provided one of the many talking points for the thousands of people who wondered around City Park and Centenary Square.

Older people - on this occasion those aged over 30 - delighted in seeing KITT and had pictures taken, while simultaneously telling children and grandchildren why the car was famous.

One youngster asked his dad: "What's it called? The Knight?" His dad replied: "When we get home, I'll show you on the internet."

Steve Fawcett, of Oxenhope, built the car in three months with his friend Glenn Johnson, of Odsal.

Mr Fawcett told how he provides KITT cars for Hasselhoff when he needs them for shows and events in the UK.

"I've seen the Hoff 17 times in the last six months," said Mr Fawcett. "I provide the car for David Hasselhoff in the UK for stuff like pantomimes."

Mr Fawcett said the car has an MOT and that he drove it to the event. When asked its top speed, he joked: "It's not how fast it can go, it's how fast you want KITT to go."

The car was one of more than 150 vehicles on show on the day. In City Park there was a red London bus and about 50 rally cars, including Subarus, Renault 5s, Fords, BMWs, Vauxhalls, Toyotas and Rovers.

The vehicles in City Park were a mixture of vintage, older and newer examples. There was an E-Type Jaguar, a Golf GTI, Sierra XR4i, Mini Coopers and Clubmans, Mercedes-Benz, Austins, a Cadillac, motorbikes, Citroens, a Ford Capri, a Jensen, Rover V8, Triumphs, and a Rolls-Royce.

There were also old Morrisons and British Telecoms vans, Wallace and Gromit vehicles, a Ferrari, Mazda RX7, Volvo and Lotus.

Bradford-made Jowett cars were also prominent.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture, tweeted: "Cars are such a crowd puller!"

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