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Cooper Car, built in King’s Lynn, makes rare appearence to launch classic car day

PUBLISHED: 14:48 16 May 2014 | UPDATED: 14:54 16 May 2014

The launch of the King's Lynn Classic Car Day, as part of the Heritage Open Days - The star attraction it the Cooper car - one of six made at the Cooper Roller Bearings factory in Lynn. From left, Christian Ross, Cllr Chris Crofts, Mayor Barry Ayres, Council leader Nick Daubney, Pat Smith and Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The launch of the King's Lynn Classic Car Day, as part of the Heritage Open Days - The star attraction it the Cooper car - one of six made at the Cooper Roller Bearings factory in Lynn. From left, Christian Ross, Cllr Chris Crofts, Mayor Barry Ayres, Council leader Nick Daubney, Pat Smith and Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A little-known piece of Norfolk’s automotive history was wheeled out of its garage to promote a brand new celebration of our motoring heritage.

The Cooper Car is the only survivor of six similar examples built by engineers at the Cooper bearings factory, in King’s Lynn.

The vehicles, finished in 1909, could claim to be among Britain’s first company cars, as they were built for the company’s directors.

Now the company, which employs 250 on its Wisbech Road site, has agreed to display the vehicle at the first-ever King’s Lynn Classic car day.

West Norfolk council hopes to attract up to 100 classic vehicles to the event, which is being held on the South Quay, on Sunday, September 14.

“It’s clear a town like King’s Lynn needs to keep itself alive with interesting events which bring people into town,” said West Norfolk council leader Nick Daubney. “It’s a superb idea. When we asked them Coopers agreed to be the star of the show, I knew they had it because I’d seen it before on a visit to the factory.”

The day was the idea of councillor Chris Crofts - who owns a vintage Vauxhall Viva.

“It will be a lovely centrepiece, it really will,” he said admiring the Cooper’s grand lines. “We hope to invite up to 100 classics and have them along the waterfront, it should be a good day out.”

The Classic Car Day, on September 14, is being staged as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

Exhibitors must pre-book online, by filling out the form at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk or e-mailing classiccar@west-norfolk.gov.uk.

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