VINTAGE cars revved their engines for a charity road trip through the spring sunshine.
Around 165 classic cars and motorbikes headed out into the Hampshire countryside yesterday for the seventh annual Mayor of Havant’s Charity Classic Vehicle Run.
The event, which began at Havant Academy, was open to all vehicles manufactured before 1985.
Organiser Peter Holloway said: ‘We’re keeping history alive. These vehicles used to be on the roads a long time ago and they are still going.
‘It says a lot for the British automobile industry.
‘People love talking about their vehicles and what we’re doing is bringing them all together. It’s important for my generation but also for the younger generation as well just to see what the cars were like.’
Mr Holloway hopes the rally will raise more than £4,000 for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, Park Families and other charities based in Havant.
Speaking at the event, mayor of Havant, Councillor Yvonne Weeks, said: ‘Looking at these cars they are all unique. It’s lovely.
‘They have all got so much character.
‘When you see new, modern cars they have got no character at all. They are all designed by computer and look the same. But these cars all look different.
‘The event is to raise money for the mayor’s charities and this is one of our biggest fundraisers.’
Car enthusiasts could choose either a 40-mile or 60-mile route, both of which ended at Fort Purbrook.
Participant Terry Piper, 73, of Ardington Rise, Waterlooville, drove his 1954 Dennis Pax flatbed lorry on the day.
He said: ‘I found the vehicle on a farm and it was derelict.
‘I restored it from nothing and it took me five years.
‘In that five years my wife Sandra died and because of that I stopped for a year.
‘But I felt she would have wanted me to carry on so I did it in her memory.’