New sports car club launched in north Norfolk

Martin Van Zeller's Westfield sports car parked outside The Dun Cow at Salthouset. Picture: MARTIN V

Martin Van Zeller's Westfield sports car parked outside The Dun Cow at Salthouset. Picture: MARTIN VAN ZELLER - Credit: Archant

A range of impressive machines were driven by their owners to a coastal pub for the launch of a new North Norfolk Sports Car Club.

Martin Van Zeller. Picture: SUBMITTED

Martin Van Zeller. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

The idea is the brainchild of retired architect Martin Van Zeller who has recently moved to Guist from Harrogate where he ran the Yorkshire region of the Westfield Sports Car Club.

Mr Van Zeller, 68, said the event, at The Dun Cow, in Salthouse, had been a great success with a range of sports cars present, from a contemporary Nissan GT-R, jam-packed full of computers and over 500bhp, to an Eagle P21 kit car with a 1300cc Ford Crossflow engine.

'The club would be open to the owners and drivers of all manner of proper sports cars and coupés of every age and description from a modern Mazda MX-5, a traditional Triumph TR3 from the 1950s, a high performance kit car (like mine) to something rather more exotic, painted red and possibly Italian,' said Mr Van Heller.

'It won't matter if they are fast or slow, new or old, somewhat tatty or have been subject to a complete restoration. Their owners (and partners) can of course be very much the same and from any walk of life.'

Martin Van Zeller's first Westfield sports car after it was hit by a motorcycle travelling on the wr

Martin Van Zeller's first Westfield sports car after it was hit by a motorcycle travelling on the wrong side of the road. No-one was hurt. Picture: MARTIN VAN ZELLER - Credit: Archant

Mr Van Heller's own sports car is a Westfield SEiW, built from a kit in 2004 by the previous owner.

His first Westfield, which he built himself, was written off when a motorbike travelling on the wrong side of the road hit him. No-one was hurt.

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He is keen to organise trips for the new club, including possible Broads and coast runs.

Other events planned are: September 11 King's Lynn Classic Car Show, September 16 track day at RAF Marham, September 21 classic car meet at Whitwell and Reepham Station, September 24 Fakenham Auto Club.

The club's next meeting will be at The Dun Cow on Saturday October 1 at noon.

'Unlike many traditional car clubs we shan't have a constitution, a membership fee, or any official documents. All we want to do is enjoy the company of some like-minded people, have a natter about life in general (and our sports cars in particular), and to explore the wonderful open roads of north Norfolk,' Mr Van Zeller added.

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