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Classic Car and Bike Show fuels funds for patient care
More than 3,000 people made a pit stop in glorious sunshine at Frankie's Classic Car and Bike Fest in Dunton on Sunday September 20th and helped drive up funds for Saint Francis Hospice by almost £20,000.
Alan Mason, a hospice volunteer and classic car enthusiast, who helped start this event four years ago and was one of the organisers of this year's event, said: "This year's show was our biggest yet with more than 450 cars and bikes on display."
"I was a little worried in advance as to what the weather would hold in store for us as the event was happening a few weeks later than last year but as it turned out we had one of the best days of the last three months!"
"I'd like to thank everyone who exhibited and volunteered at the event to make it a success and Ford for use of their Dunton site. The money raised will make a real difference to the lives of patients and their families who need the specialist medical care, advice and emotional support Saint Francis Hospice provides."
In addition to the cars and bikes on show there was live music from local band The Retrobates (pictured) and jazz singer Nicole Peach, a vintage market, rides and entertainment for children, refreshments and food.
Among the car exhibitors were Ian and Marlene Hollowbread from Runwell near Wickford in Essex who were showing their green 1936 Morris Eight Tourer. "I used to work at Ford's in Dunton and my father was born at the farm that used to be here on the site of the Ford technical centre so this area has a lot of memories for me and we're pleased to support a good cause" said Ian.
Prizes were awarded for various categories of cars and bikes on display. The award for the Best in Show car sponsored by CodeClean went to Mark Messenger's 1961 Mercedes 190SL (pictured).
Andrew Houghton from Dartford picked up the prize for the Show 'n' Shine Car of the Show for his 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo.
Other class winners included Steve Hinder's 1939 Sunbeam Talbot (pictured) and Graeme Wright from Gidea Park who walked away with the Future Classics class award for his 2009 Ford Focus RS.
"We're already planning next year's event but the huge success of this year's event will make it hard to top in 2016" said Alan Mason.
The Classic Car and Bike Festival at the Ford technical centre in Dunton attracted over 3,000 visitors.
Graeme Wright from Gidea Park picking up his award from Saint Francis Hospice mascot Frankie the lion.
Graeme Wright's award-winning bright green Ford Focus RS amid a sea of highly polished and tuned supercars
There was plenty to keep young visitors to the event entertained
Ian and Marlene Hollowbread in their green 1936 Morris Eight Tourer