Looking good! Classic cars hit the streets

CLASSIC CARS (RS) MRW 14/4/2013 ''On Sunday cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles that pre-date 1987, assembled at the Public Service Plaza Car Park and were flagged off by the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Gerald Shimbart,  to start the 9th Annual Classic Vehicle Run.''Participating vehicles travelled through Hampshire's beautiful countryside before arriving at the Peter Ashley Activity Centre, Fort Purbrook, Portsdown Hill Road''The Mayor had one of these ! - Mayor of Havant Cllr. Gerald Shimbart with his wife Elaine and a very nice 1963 Volvo B18 121 Amazon saloon car ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131028-7586)
CLASSIC CARS (RS) MRW 14/4/2013 ''On Sunday cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles that pre-date 1987, assembled at the Public Service Plaza Car Park and were flagged off by the Mayor of Havant, Cllr Gerald Shimbart, to start the 9th Annual Classic Vehicle Run.''Participating vehicles travelled through Hampshire's beautiful countryside before arriving at the Peter Ashley Activity Centre, Fort Purbrook, Portsdown Hill Road''The Mayor had one of these ! - Mayor of Havant Cllr. Gerald Shimbart with his wife Elaine and a very nice 1963 Volvo B18 121 Amazon saloon car ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (131028-7586)

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CLASSIC vehicles were out in force in Havant yesterday for the annual charitable rally across the town.

Cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles that pre-date 1987 gathered at the centre of Havant and were flagged off by the town’s mayor.

It was the 9th Annual Classic Vehicle Run.

Participating vehicles travelled in convoy through Hampshire’s countryside before arriving at the Peter Ashley Activity Centre at Fort Purbrook.

Councillor Gerald Shimbart, the mayor of Havant, said: ‘It’s a fun thing to do. It’s the beginning of the season and people like getting their cars out.

‘It’s all a bit of fun and it helps raise money for good causes.

‘We have got a lot of motorcyles. They quite often get a bad press but they do a great deal for charities.’

Terry Piper, 71, from Waterlooville, brought along his 1954 Dennis Pax flatbed lorry which he renovated a number of years ago.

He has written Sandra on it in memory of his late wife.

He now drives it around to raise money for charities and said he enjoys the classic vehicle rally.

‘It’s excellent because it’s a charity event. That’s what we work for all the time,’ he said.

‘It was a very good turnout today.’

Dave Cox, chairman of the Waterlooville Motorcycle Club took his 1958 AJS 500.

He said: ‘It’s brilliant. It gets everybody together and it’s good support for the charities.

‘It’s magical. It’s a good atmosphere with everybody getting together.

‘There’s real pride in the motorcyles and the cars as well. It’s fantastic. It’s quite spine-tingling.’

All money raised will go to the Portsmouth and East Hampshire branch of the Samaritans, autism charity Flash, Cancerwise and Smile, Support and Care.