Cool and quirky cars to raise charity cash

NICE WHEELS From left, Matt Hosey with his 1976 LT Camaro, Dan Potter with his Pontiac 2000 Trans-Am, and Mark Heiford with his Ford Crown Victoria California Highway patrol car from The Solent Renegades
NICE WHEELS From left, Matt Hosey with his 1976 LT Camaro, Dan Potter with his Pontiac 2000 Trans-Am, and Mark Heiford with his Ford Crown Victoria California Highway patrol car from The Solent Renegades
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FANS of classic, American, hot-rod and custom cars and motorbikes are sure to get revved up and ready for a car club’s season finale.

A group of vintage car fanatics are busy buffing up their bonnets to raise money for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Solent Renegades, a club for people with a passion for classic cars, has been running for 13 years and has 60 members, who will be showing off their cars at the upcoming Portsmouth show.

Mark Heiford is a Solent Renegades member and he will be proudly displaying his vintage American police car, which often attracts attention when it’s parked on his drive in Gosport Road, Fareham.

Mark, 46, said: ‘I can’t wait for the show.

‘At events like this I dress up in full police uniform to make it a more fun for everyone. It’s a standing joke at home as my dressing up box is bigger than my six-year-old daughter’s.’

Mark wanted to raise money for the air ambulance after his daughter had to use them when she fell off a horse.

His car, a 1985 fully-marked California Highway Patrol police car, a Ford Crown Victoria, also featured in the hit film Resident Evil.

Mark said that even though the car is bigger than a normal car, and a lot more unusual, he has no problem driving it around.

He said: ‘I don’t have any trouble driving it. People know it’s not a real police car, but they love to see it.’

Dan Potter, from Waterlooville, is one of the founding members of the Solent Renegades. He owns a red Pontiac Transam.

Dan, 38, said: ‘I like having an unusual car and it’s great hanging around with people with the same interest.

‘The cars do turn a few heads and this is a great day to show them off and raise the profile of the club as well as a few quid for charity.’

Matt Hosey, from Cosham, owns a 1976 LT Camaro.

Matt, 37, said: ‘The show is a great day out. You can walk around the cars and there is something for everyone. There is no entrance fee, all we ask is for a small donation to the charity.’

The show will take place between midday and 4pm on Sunday, October 20 at The Farmhouse, Burrfields Road, Copnor.