King’s Lynn classic car day will be bigger than last year

David Bretten with his Ford Model T. Also pictured are Borough mayor Colin Manning, Julie Manning an

David Bretten with his Ford Model T. Also pictured are Borough mayor Colin Manning, Julie Manning and (R) Cllr Chris Crofts. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The organiser of this year's classic car rally in King's Lynn never expected it to become such a big event, in just its second year, with more then 200 vintage vehicles expected to head to the town on Sunday.

David Bretten with his Ford Model T. Picture: Ian Burt

David Bretten with his Ford Model T. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Chris Crofts, West Norfolk councillor for Emneth with Outwell ward, is a classic car enthusiast himself, and his 1973 Vauxhall Viva, which has just done 31,000 miles from new, will be on display at the rally.

He said: 'I started it last year, and it was a tremendous success. I originally intended it to be held on the waterfront and to boost that area, but it was too big for that.

'Last year we had just short of 200 cars at the rally, but this time we've got more than 220.

'We nearly filled Tuesday Market Place last time and this year I'm sure we will. We just need good weather, because some of the owners of open top tourers may be put off exhibiting in the rain.'


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He is most looking forward to seeing two 1930 AJS 9, which were sports cars made by motorcycle manufacturers AJS's as their only foray into the car market.

But the star of the show will undoubtedly be a black Ford Model T Roadster dating back to 1915.

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David Bretten restored this vintage automobile to its former glory, and drove it to Lynn from his home in Castle Acre, to launch the event last month.

The car was in a dilapidated state when he bought it, after it had been imported from the US.

One lucky visitor will get a spin around Lynn in the car which will be the prize in a raffle with all proceeds going to the mayor's charity, the Bridge for Heroes, which supports service personnel, veterans and their families.

The classic car day coincides once again with Heritage Open Day, which gives people the chance to explore a range of fascinating buildings and gardens not usually open to the public.

The rally will be held from 10am-4pm. Only people who have pre-booked to show their cars can be accommodated.

To support Sunday's events, it will cost just £2 to park all day in one of the borough council's car parks.

Have you restored a classic car to its former glory? Let us know. Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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