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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Classic motors and sports cars took to the road today in memory of a pub landlord who was lost at sea in a boating accident.
The Charles Clark Memorial Car Rally, which raised £1,136 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, saw 70 vehicles drive 60 miles from the Goat Inn at Skeyton to Felbrigg Hall.
It was held to remember Charles Clark, former landlord of the Wiveton Bell in Wiveton, who was lost at sea between Blakeney and Wells in May 1998.
He was passionate about cars, especially Jaguars, and used to hold rallies from the Wiveton Bell for charity. This was the 20th year of the fundraiser.
Organiser Brian Monks, from Saxthorpe, who was friends with Mr Clark, took over the running of the event six years ago with his daughter Sarah Cox from Erpingham.
He said: “Charles was such a Jack the lad and a nice person. It is important to keep the rally going for his family. People love the rally.”
Mr Monks chose to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in memory of his son Simon who died 30 years ago aged 14 from the disease.
“He was a lovely lad. He would have loved the rally,” Mr Monks added.
He owns an Austin Healey 3000 MK3 dating back to 1965 and a Jaguar XK150 Jaguar from 1959, which he will be driving to Majorca in September.
Other vehicles at the rally ranged from 1940s classics to modern sports cars and included a Morris Minor, a Jaguar E-Type, TVRs, Triumphs and BMWs.
Participants came from across Norfolk as well as further afield including Braintree and Lincolnshire.
After the boating accident Mr Clark’s parents Dennis and Dorothy took over the running of the rally and then it was taken on by Richard and Margaret at the Alby Horse Shoes Inn before being passed on to Mr Monks.
Next year’s rally will happen on July 12 and to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org