Driving back to days gone by as classic car event pulls in crowds to Fareham

LOOKING BACK Christine White, above, tries out Ron Gerrard's MG while Delia Hill, inset, looks the part in vintage dress. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113228)
LOOKING BACK Christine White, above, tries out Ron Gerrard's MG while Delia Hill, inset, looks the part in vintage dress. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113228)
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A BYGONE era came back to life as vintage vehicle lovers were treated to a celebration of days past at Fareham’s shopping precinct.

Pristine motors from a bygone age were on show in West Street on Saturday as part of an event organised by the South Hampshire Vehicle Preservation Society.

LOOKING BACK Christine White, above, tries out Ron Gerrard's MG while Delia Hill, inset, looks the part in vintage dress. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113228)

LOOKING BACK Christine White, above, tries out Ron Gerrard's MG while Delia Hill, inset, looks the part in vintage dress. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113228)

Hundreds of people stopped by on their way to the shops to admire the well-kept classic cars.

Around 50 vehicles drove onto the pedestrian precinct for the display.

Christine White, chairman of the South Hampshire Vehicle Preservation Society, said: ‘It was a very successful day.

‘All our members enjoyed chatting with people and are always more than happy to tell people about what we have here.

‘People often stop by and have a look at the vehicles and they sometimes remember their grandparents owning one.

‘We’re in our fifth year of having this event in Fareham now and it’s nice to be out somewhere where the public can see us.’

In the town centre’s performance podium, members of dance group Now That’s Jive spent the afternoon swing dancing to music from the 1940s and 50s.

There were also displays from the Morris Marina Owners Club and the Portsmouth and Southampton Mini Owners Club.

Iris White, 68, of Miller Drive, Fareham, said: ‘I come down every year to see the classic cars.

‘It’s so nice to see them all restored and looking like they just rolled out of the factory.

‘It certainly brings back a lot of memories.’