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Thatcham Classic raises bumper charity funds

Hundreds of vehicles pull in donations for Macmillan

John Herring

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Thatcham Classic raises bumper charity funds

THATCHAM’s classic car show has witnessed the largest amount of charitable funds raised in its 11-year history and saw the presentation of a special service award.

Around 250 cars parked up on Dunstan Green on Saturday, including a 1969 Lotus Elan Series 4 SE owned by Gordon Morris.

Mr Morris, who had been attending the show since its second year, was presented with a special Spirit of Show award for his continued support.

Mr Morris, a former Vulcan and Phantom pilot who lives near Salisbury, said: “I have a number of Lotuses and this is the one we have chosen for today 

“This is one of my favourite events because the people are really very pleasant and the type of cars you get are so different from modern events and there’s a lovely atmosphere about the place.

“They run a charity event that’s worth supporting anyway.”

Mr Morris said that he had wanted the Elan really badly but couldn’t find one; eventually having to rebuild the car himself from a crashed and burnt out wreck.

Car of Show went to Robin Hamblett and his 1933 MG J2 (pictured main) that he was given as a box of bits for a 21st birthday present – 28 years ago.

The show raised £1102 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Show organiser and Thatcham resident Martin Port said that people had been queuing up from 8.15am on the day.

Mr Port said that there had been a bigger turnout of cars this year, which he said was good considering that the event is not widely publicised.

“The amount raised thanks to people's generosity was amazing and the biggest total to date which is fantastic,” he said.

“Every year people amaze me by turning out to support the event from far and wide and make sure their hobby benefits other people.”

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