Video and photo gallery: Classic car rally stars at stunning Norwich Cathedral

The Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run. A line up of MG cars. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run. A line up of MG cars. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Saturday, August 2, 2014
3:30 PM

It was a rally which showcased both the roaring wealth of motoring heritage on Norfolk’s driveways and garages and the stunning churches peppered around the countryside.

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A record number of automobiles took to the roads today for the annual Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run which took in nine churches, finishing in North Elmham, near Dereham.

It was a throwback to yesteryear as 85 Rovers, Rolls-Royces, MGs, Minis, Morris Minors and more lined up outside Norwich Cathedral poised for the drive.

The tour kicked off a week encouraging people to visit their local church and discover it’s history.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, praised the event which has been going for seven years.

The Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run. The 1934 MG NA Magnet arrives, believed to be the oldest car on the Run. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run. The 1934 MG NA Magnet arrives, believed to be the oldest car on the Run. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

He said: “This event is about celebrating the beauty of classic cars but also driving around different churches and learn about their history.”

Bishop Graham also presented a trophy to the owners of the car of the day, Rex and Patricia Chipp from Drayton, for their 1953 Wolseley.

The oldest car in the rally was a 1934 MG Na Magnette.

The day was organised by great car enthusiasts Maurice Gowen, 74, and Richard Mitchell, 61.

Mr Mitchell, from Caistor St Edmund, said: “It’s a real social event and it’s good to look at the vehicles and talk to the owners.

“This year’s Norfolk Open Churches Classic Car Run passed through some of Norfolk’s most attractive countryside and villages and gives the participants the opportunity to visit some of Norfolk’s beautiful churches, and learn more about them.”

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