Car lovers’ ambitious plans for a Norfolk ‘mini-Goodwood’

Three car lovers are hoping to start Norfolk's own version of the Goodwood festival when a charity day at Snetterton returns for the second time this year.

The race circuit hopes to host McLarens, Aston Martins and Ferraris in a bid to raise �50,000 to help the families of sick children.

Last year 350 classic, sport and racing cars headed to Snetterton offering three laps of the race track to the public for �10.

Organised by businessmen Devin Grosse, Shawn Taylor and Kevin Foley, the Charity Race Experience Day raised �20,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) last year, but this time the organisers, backed by the EDP, are looking to expand the event into a mini-Goodwood.

Devin Grosse, manager at Holiday Inn, said: 'We're hoping to build on the success of last year. We would love to see some more car club displays this year.'

Last year drivers came from across the UK but this year the organisers are keen hear from classic car owners and drivers who would be willing to take passengers around the circuit on Sunday, November 18.

Shawn Taylor, from STR Motorsport, said: 'We're trying to set up a mini-Goodwood. We have lots of people signed up with every sort of race car.'

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Kevin Foley, who runs the McDonalds in Tuckswood and Norwich airport, said: 'The charity has been overwhelmed with how the day went last year. People put their faith in us and we had people saying, sign us up for next year.

'It's all about Norfolk businesses getting together and making it Norfolk's own motor show.'

Among the cars will be classic Triumphs, six of which were on display from the Wensum TR club in the Lancaster Suite at the Holiday Inn last night, giving a taste of what motoring enthusiasts can expect in four months time.

Paul Wells from the club, said: 'We want to see a rally put on in this area where we can take our cars round the track and have a good time.'

The rides are open to anyone over the age of 12 or 4ft 10ins tall and all money goes to charity. Entry is �5 per car.

Visit www.charityraceexperience.com for more information.

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