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Car show raises hundreds for Thatcham special needs charity Swings & Smiles



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A classic vehicle club has raised £700 for a special needs charity in Thatcham

White Horse Classic Vehicle Enthusiasts held its classic car show at Swings and Smiles on Saturday.

Visitors were able to see a variety of classic cars dating from the 1960s to the 90s.

Pete Cotton with Scimitar SE6 1976
Pete Cotton with Scimitar SE6 1976

Club member Darren Cummings said: “It was a very good event and we are very pleased.

“Swings & Smiles were also pleased with how it went.”

He said the event came about after a proposal from a club member involved with Swings & Smiles, who were looking for different ways to fundraise.

Rachel Kenward with Daimler SP250 1963.
Rachel Kenward with Daimler SP250 1963.
John and Gaye Rice with Triumph TR4A 1967
John and Gaye Rice with Triumph TR4A 1967

The club, which operates in Berkshire Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, hosts other charity events but this particular event was a first.

Mr Cummings said: “This is the first time we have done this but we have done similar events in the past as we are keen to do charity events.”

The club members, comprising mostly of couples, tend to congregate prior to events and arrive in a convoy.

On this occasion they brought 17 cars along to display in the Swings & Smiles car park on Lower Way.

Graham Boxall with Granada Ghia X1983
Graham Boxall with Granada Ghia X1983

There was a “flow of attendees” with more than 100 people coming to have a look at the cars.

Mr Cummings continued: “People were pleased to look at the cars, it was a good event.”



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