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Classic car show smashes £100,000 target

Car lovers, friends and families stepped back in time to enjoy the very best of classic motors, entertainment and vintage goods as they came together to raise more than £18,500 for a hospice.  

On Sunday, (September 3rd) a record 500 vehicles were on display at the 6th Frankie’s Classic Car and Bike Fest which was Saint Francis Hospice’s biggest and most successful car show to date.     

Ford MK1 Focus owners travelled from across Essex, the UK and even Europe to celebrate the model’s 15th anniversary at Ford’s Technical Centre in Dunton where it was designed and Ford Escort Cosworth owners were also there to mark the model’s 25th anniversary.      

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There was an eclectic range of cars and bikes from times gone by, along with novelty vehicles - including a replica of three-wheeled Reliant van with the slogan Trotters Independent Traders from the hit comedy series Only Fools and Horses.      

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But it wasn’t all about the vehicles as there was live music and dancing from the Hornchurch Jive Bombers, 501s and Tajinder Sehmbi from the Dhol Academy, along with a vintage market and food stalls.     

Prizes for a variety of categories were also presented during the day.  

The winners included:    

  • Best British Bike - Tony Seber’s 1939 Velocette KSS    
  • Best ‘Rest of World’ Bike Tony Chapman’s 1976 Suzuki GT125     
  • Show ‘n’ Shine CAR OF THE SHOW - Stanley Wood’s 1970 Morris Minor Traveller
  • Burton Power CONCOURS BEST IN SHOW - Michael Stewart’s immaculate Ford Escort RS2000     
  • Secure Locking Systems Trophy in memory of Colin Gray - Eric Hemming’s 1943 Willy’s Jeep     

Alan Mason, who organised the event and is a volunteer with Saint Francis Hospice’s fundraising team, said at least £18,500 was raised, bringing the total over the past six years to a fantastic £102,000 so far!   glamorous dancing couple 

He added, “This was our best ever Frankie’s Classic Car and Bike Fest with a huge range of vehicles on display, great music and dancing, and we are delighted to exceed our £100,000 fundraising target.     

“We are grateful to everyone who came along on the day; it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!”    

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