Owners show off cars at Gosporteers Vehicle Rally in Stokes Bay

Society show with awards and stalls

  • Gosporteers Vehicle Rally held for 55th year
  • Cars take over Stokes Bay
  • All entry money donated to Mayor of Gosport’s chosen charities
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CHARITIES across a town will benefit from the generosity of petrol heads.

Around 20 owners showed off their pride and joy motors at the annual Gosporteers Vehicle Rally in Stokes Bay yesterday.

James Hughes (11) at the wheel of a Sunbeam Rapier 1962. ''The annual Gosporteers Vehicle Rally at Stokes Bay Field, Gosport.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151299-059)

James Hughes (11) at the wheel of a Sunbeam Rapier 1962. ''The annual Gosporteers Vehicle Rally at Stokes Bay Field, Gosport.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151299-059)

Although the morning’s poor weather meant a lot of the classic cars were not out, there was a great range of motorbikes, sports cars and even a vintage bus.

Organiser Brian Russell, chairman of the Gosporteers, said: ‘This is now the 55th year we’ve held the rally here in Stokes Bay.

‘We hold it to raise money for the Mayor of Gosport’s chosen charities.

‘This year it’s Gosport MS Society and different, smaller charities across the borough.

Restoring can become a little obsessive but I have to remember I have a wife indoors as well so you have to keep these things in proportion

Roger Filer

‘The mayor, Councillor Keith Farr, has decided to donate to charities he comes across during his mayoral year, where he feels there is a real need.’

Roger Filer, from Lee-on-the-Solent, exhibited his gleaming 1928 Essex Hudson, which was built in Australia.

He said: ‘I’ve had some very good reactions to it today.

‘People seem to really like it. Restoring can become a little obsessive but I have to remember I have a wife indoors as well so you have to keep these things in proportion.’

Russell Churcher, a member of the Fareham Independents Motorcycle Club, was proud to show off his Suzuki Boulevard.

The 23-year-old said: ‘It’s been an absolutely great day.

‘We wanted to come down and show our faces and donate to a good cause. We do lots of rallies to raise awareness.’