Centre 81’s rallying call for golden oldies motors

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A rallying call has gone out for classic cars to take part in a summer fundraising drive for an expanding charity's new building appeal.

Centre 81 at Great Yarmouth operates a skills and activities centre for people with physical and other disabilities as well as fleet of community transport minibuses.

It is gearing up a major appeal for a new building next to its Tar Works Road base, and the annual classic car run and show – now in its fifth year - is among the money-spinning events helping swell the funds.

The event is on Sunday, July 10 and attracts around 50 cars. This year they will set off from the Fritton Arms pub and drive 60 miles through the countryside to Great Yarmouth seafront.

The cars will be on show near the Marina Centre and will be judged for a range of awards such as: best in show; oldies but goodies (pre 1959); swinging sixties (1960-69); future classics (1970 onwards).

There are also fun trophies including the Drippiest Award (vehicle leaking the most oil) and I'm Exhausted Award (vehicle travelling furthest to get to the start).

Last year entries came from far and wide, including a 1958 Volkswagen Camper which trekked 209 miles from Nailsworth in Gloucester to pick up the I'm Exhausted Award.

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Best in show last summer was a 1968 MGB Roadster from closer to home - owned by Neville and Joan Mack from Necton which also won the Swinging 60s category.

Over the past two years the event has raised more than £7,000.

Centre 81 chief executive Diana Staines said: 'The classic car rally has become a firm favourite among car fans – both those taking part and those who come to see the lovingly-maintained vehicles.

'We are hoping for a good turnout again this summer to help with our appeal.'

Entries are now open at £15 per vehicle including route book, rally plate and discount vouchers valid for the day.

For further information contact Jackie on 01493 852573, email jackie.james@centre81.co.uk or visit www.centre81.co.uk where you can download full information including an entry form

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