Classic car show in Wroxham helps Norfolk liver appeal

It may have been windy, but the sunshine was also out for classic car enthusiasts at a show at Wroxham Barns.

Scores of vehicles from bygone eras turned out for the event yesterday, organised by the Wymondham Old Timers car club.

The club has offered to donate any funds it raises over the next year to the Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group towards its appeal to buy a �70,000 Fibroscan machine for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

And the show was its second so far and raised �1,300 towards the equipment, which would save some patients from having to undergo an invasive liver biopsy.

Malcolm Rodgers' 1959 Jaguar XK150 drophead coupe was judged to be the finest vehicle on display.

Mr Rodgers, from North Walsham, is a member of Lowestoft Classic Car Club and is only the second owner of the car, which he bought in 1971 and which is unusual being a right-hand drive car, as 90pc of these were sent to the USA.

Jim Cawte, chairman of Wymondham Old Timers, said the club decided to support the liver group because one of their members was currently undergoing liver treatment.

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He said: 'We were delighted to have 90 cars present and have now handed over a cheque for �1,300.'

The new equipment uses ultrasound to measure the 'stiffness' of the liver, and therefore how advanced liver disease is, in just a few minutes. At the moment the only way of finding out the extent of the disease is through a liver biopsy, which involves local anaesthetic, a large needle being inserted into the liver and up to eight hours lying down in recovery.

Highlights of the show included a 1932 Rolls Royce Landaulette, a 1947 Bentley Mark 6, a 1936 Morris 10/6 Special and a 1938 Austin Big 7.

Donations to the appeal can be sent to the group's treasurer Paul Bond at 19 The Lizard, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 9BH.

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