Classic car owners honour club president

Ken Piper racing his Messerschmitt
Ken Piper racing his Messerschmitt
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THE largest gathering of Messerschmitts in the UK will honour the car owners’ club’s president.

Ken Piper from Portsmouth, who is now in his late 80s, enjoyed an illustrious career winning rallies, time trials and races in the car.

And to celebrate his racing career, more than 50 original Messerschmitts from the UK, Holland and Germany will travel in convoy into the grounds of the National Motoring Museum in Beaulieu.

Mr Piper first visited the grounds of Beaulieu in 1994.

Now, he will return as part of this celebration.

The museum will honour its guest by displaying memorabilia, highlights and memorable items so visitors can relive his career.

People will have the opportunity to speak to the owners of the unusual cars and even sit in them, with the chance for photographs in some of the original models on display.

The convoy is expected to arrive at the museum at 10.15am on Saturday, August 1.

This historic car was part of the post-war bubble car boom and dates back to 1953.

It was renowned for being a three-wheeled vehicle, until a four-wheeled TG500 appeared in 1961.

With all the cars on show in mint condition, it is estimated that the value of the cars in the convoy will be more than £2.5m.

The showcase of the day will see visitors treated to a Messerschmitt rally on the Beaulieu grounds.

For more information e-mail pr@beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 614603