THE THIRD YEAR OF THIS EVENT IN THE VINTAGE AND CLASSIC VEHICLES SHOW CIRCUIT
Charity was the winner after Melton Rotary Club’s spectacular Vintage & Classic Vehicle Fun Day on Sunday 3rd September 2017. Melton Market Place was full with vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, scooters and people as Melton Rotary Club’s spectacular Vintage & Classic Vehicle Fun Day proved a huge success.
The event, held from 10am until 2pm, saw a wide range of more than 50 vehicles arrive in a bid to be judged Best in Show as voted for by the public. The award went to a 1955 Standard 8 owned by 71-year-old Harry Brentnall from Derby, who explained that he bought the car when his wife told him to stop going down the pub and to get a hobby! "It cost me £100 and another £100 to have it delivered to me. It was in a real mess when I got it. My wife took one look at it and told me to send it to the scrapyard," he said. He added that he didn't have any knowledge of repairing cars before he bought the Standard 8 but that he had taught himself by referring to some old car manuals he had picked up at jumble sales. Harry said he only heard about the Rotary Club event the week before at another car show and thought he would come along for something to do as his wife had other plans for the weekend. "I love coming along to car shows to hear all the nice comments about the car," he added.
Runner-up was a Jensen Interceptor Mark III owned by Andrew Beeston from Melton Mowbray. He explained that the car, which has a V8 7.2 litre engine, was one that he had wanted since he was a child and that it is rare to see them, so when one came up for sale about seven years ago he had to have it. Andrew went along to the event with his family and car-mad son. Louis,13, said he was delighted that his dad drove the Interceptor and that he is the envy of all his friends.
Between £800-£900 was raised for Cancer Research and Home-Start, Rotary supported charities, from donations and raffle prizes. The result of the raffle was as follows: 1st: Chris Richardson, winner of 24 hours at Launde Abbey dinner bed and breakfast; 2nd: Bob McCord, tea for two at Gates Garden Centre; 3rd: Geoff Goodwin, Dickinson & Morris hamper; 4th: Mr Sharman, meat voucher from Derek Jones.
Rotarian Ian Neale said: “It was a good day and we had 55 classic cars. There was a lovely atmosphere in the Market Place. “We took plenty of money in our collection buckets and sold lots of raffle tickets. This was the first time we held the event in the Market Place as opposed to Play Close. Rotarians and I felt it was much better, more compact and more visible to people.”
There were a number of stalls and attractions to keep everyone busy during the event including a children's fancy dress competition, which was won by three-year-old Felix Cuzmiar, dressed as Robin Hood. Second prize went to his twin brother Arlo. Hattie the clown kept the crowds amused with balloon modelling and blowing giant bubbles, there was a cake stall, refreshments and a bouncy castle and local radio station 103 The Eye broadcast live from the event.
Organisers wish to thank everyone who helped in any way to make the event such a big success, including all those who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets and to all those who gave their support on the day.
See the many pictures of the event on the Melton Rotary Club web site.
Thank you to all those who attended to make such a success of the day
Next year's event will be on Sunday 2nd September 2018
CHARITIES BENEFITED, TOO
Your registration donation to the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray will be used to support
Rotary's own charity, the Rotary Foundation, Cancer Care, and other charities and good causes with which the club is involved.
The organisers, the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray, thank all who support the event
Organised by the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray
in partnership with Melton Town Estate
Email for further information: , see the club's web site
or NFU Mutual, 44 Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0HR, or phone 07949 519808
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