Newbury's classic car show revs ahead
Charity event pulls in the petrolheads
CLASSIC vehicles put in another top gear performance to raise thousands of pounds for a local cancer charity.
Around 4,000 people turned up to see the 800 vehicles on display at Newbury College on Sunday.
Vehicles ranged from a rare 1905 Fiat Isotto Fraschini, a 1932 Ford Model B and a 1965 VW split screen motorcaravan.
The event was hosted by the college and organised by the West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club.
The club has raised more than £116,000 for the Newbury branch of Bloodwise – previously Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research – since the event started 24 years ago.
Newbury Bloodwise chairman, Les Taylor, said: "We are so very fortunate to have the support of so many classic vehicle and bike owners that rewarded us with a huge verity of exhibits.
"Blessed with fine weather once again the people of Newbury and the surrounding districts came out to support the event and gave very generously to help with the fight to beat Blood Cancers.
"A very big thank you to everyone who came to support the classic car show, your support makes a huge positive difference.
A huge thank you also to The West Berkshire Classic Vehicle Club members and to Newbury College for all their help, and allowing us to use their wonderful venue for this event the proceeds of which will go to Bloodwise for the continued research into Blood Cancers."
Vehicle club chairman Mike Kent, said: “We have a very loyal bunch of exhibitors that have displayed their vehicles at every show since we began.
“We are extremely grateful for their support, and it is always good to welcome first-time exhibitors
“Above all, we have fantastic WBCVC members who pull together as a team to make the event the success it is. We could not do it without them.
“Next year will be our 25th show so we are looking to make it an extra-special event.”
Mr Kent selected a 1962 AEC Reliance coach, with a Panorama Elite 3 body, for his Chairman’s Choice award.
The coach, owned by Nigel Humphries from Headley, was first purchased by Smith Tours of Wigan.
Mr Humphries was delighted with the award, but initially thought Mr Kent was going to tell him he had parked in the wrong place.
Organisers are already gearing up for next year’s show on August 13. For more information, visit www.classicvehicles.org.uk
They also want to find the owner of a missing cuddly toy zebra that was handed in on Sunday.