Broadland MG Owners’ Club bring fundraising drive to Stody
PUBLISHED: 17:37 01 May 2017 | UPDATED: 18:38 01 May 2017
Around 200 classic car enthusiasts have taken part in a fundraising drive in Norfolk.
Broadland MG Owners’ Club - the world’s largest single marque car club - staged its 28th annual heritage run on Bank Holiday Monday.
It started at Caister-on-Sea and finished at Stody Lodge Gardens, near Holt, raising much-needed funds for local charities along the way.
A Mustang, Corvette and Porsches, joined Minis, Morris Minors and MGs for the showcase, which was open to all classic and vintage cars.
It is hoped the rally could raise around £3000 for local good causes.
Some of the charities set to benefit include Caister Volunteer Lifeboat, Centre 81 in Great Yarmouth, and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Wayne and Lorna Firth, from Heacham, completed the rally in their 1962 Ford Consul Classic.
Wayne said: “It’s more of a joy to drive but it’s not such a comfortable drive as the modern cars.”
The rally was started by the club founder Jeff Pittman to raise money for his nephew, who had cerebral palsy, and has been motoring on ever since.
Stephen Shepherd, from Great Yarmouth, completed the trip in his 1974 MG Midget.
Praising the turnout, the club’s press officer said: “There is such a wide range of makes and models - from 1920s up to modern sports cars. People enjoy driving the cars rather than just parking them up in a field.”
The next events for Stody Lodge Gardens is its Kids for Kids family fun day on Sunday, May 7, from 1pm to 5pm.
Among the highlights will be The Stody Young Talent Awards and Norwich and District Kid and Goatling Show. Other attractions include a fun dog show, treasure hunt and face-painting.
Kate MacNicol, of Stody Lodge Gardens, said: “We don’t normally open on the first May Bank Holiday but were delighted to be approached by the MG Owners’ Club and couldn’t resist the idea of 200 MGs descending on the gardens.
“The turnout has been fantastic and we’ve had great feedback on the early colour in the gardens from the drivers and navigators, many of whom plan to come back again when the gardens are fully open as of Sunday, May 7.’
Entrance to Stody Lodge Gardens on the day is priced £6. Under 12s go free.