Classic day out as vintage cars go on show for charity

PRIDE Mike Wrixon, from Hayling Island, with his 1940s Citroen Traction Avant.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (121321-1119)
PRIDE Mike Wrixon, from Hayling Island, with his 1940s Citroen Traction Avant. Picture: Malcolm Wells (121321-1119)
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MOTOR enthusiasts got a blast from the past as around 300 vintage cars and motorbikes rolled up for the Mayor of Havant’s Classic Vehicle Run.

The stunning motors were waved off from Havant Borough Council’s Civic Offices by the Mayor of Havant Cllr Ken Smith yesterday.

SPORTY Gerald Kirby, 80, from Waterlooville in his 1927 Austin 7 Sports.  (121321-1123)

SPORTY Gerald Kirby, 80, from Waterlooville in his 1927 Austin 7 Sports. (121321-1123)

He then quickly jumped into his own 35-year-old red MG Midget and joined the procession to the Peter Ashley Centre, at Fort Purbrook.

On arrival, the vehicles formed a display within the Fort and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) was also there.

Many family activities were held including an owl display and an archery workshop.

Peter and Angela Marten, of Lovett Road, Copnor, brought three of their children to the event.

Peter, 47, said: ‘You don’t see so many classic cars on the road any more so it’s nice to get to see so many of them together.

‘The kids loved it, they had great fun – we all did.’

Many of the cars shown were built in the 1960s and 70s, but the oldest was a 1902 Oldsmobile Detroit which the Mayoress of Havant Hazel Smith arrived in.

She said: ‘It was great fun to be in – everyone was waving to us. It felt very special.’

Another car attracting attention was a 1919 Citroen B2, shown by Simon Lewery.

The 55-year-old of Abbey Road, Fareham, has owned the car for 12 years and does all the repair work himself with parts imported from France.

He said: ‘It’s my baby. I love driving it because it’s just so different to modern cars.

‘It’s great to come to events like this and be able to share it with other people, and I really like getting to see all the other cars too.’

The event was held to raise funds for the Mayor of Havant’s chosen charities, the county’s air ambulance and Dorothy’s Dream at the Rowans Hospice.

Cllr Ken Smith said: ‘It’s important to look after our own local charities.

‘Both of these organisations provide vital services to people in the area and they run entirely on donations. We need to do all we can to support them.’