THOUSANDS of petrolheads took over a car park to raise money in memory of Nadine Blake.
The organisers Auto Obsessions approached Nadine’s parents Carl and Becky after the couple lost Nadine earlier this year aged 18 from cystic fibrosis.
Since she died the family has been focusing on raising money for the adult cystic fibrosis ward at Southampton General Hospital – and the total has been boosted by more than £4,000 thanks to the car enthusiasts.
Thousands of people paid to see rare and expensive cars at the gathering at the Tricorn car park in the middle of Portsmouth.
The highlight of the evening was when Willett Tints Signs unveiled a car sprayed bright pink with a perfect likeness of Nadine on the bonnet.
It was a total surprise for her mum and dad, who live in Warren Park.
Mum Becky said: ‘It was unbelievable. I did not know what to say when they unveiled it.
‘I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life. It almost felt unreal.
‘They are going to bring it down to the fun day next month. There were thousands of people there.
‘The whole of the car park and all the roads around it were chock-a-block. You couldn’t move.
‘Everyone was so nice and they all put themselves out for Nadine, even though they didn’t know her.
‘There was no trouble even though there were all those people there.’
Vicki Richardson and Matt Taylor are the people behind the event.
They have decided that £1,700 of the £4,300 raised on the night go towards paying for Nadine’s headstone in Warblington cemetery.
Vicki said: ‘We had obviously been following Nadine’s story and we found it very moving.
‘We offered to do this for the family to show that the car community really cares.’
Nadine died in March after a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis.
Her family are now concentrating on fundraising in he memory.
On July 13 there will be a family fun day at Warren Park Primary School with a football tournament and a chance to have a photo taken with the Premier League trophy.