Record crowds enjoy classic cars and entertainment at Bungay Area Lions Vehicle Rally and Fair

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead - Credit: Alice Fairhead

Motor enthusiasts and families were treated to an afternoon of classic cars and enjoyable entertainment in Earsham at the weekend.

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead - Credit: Alice Fairhead

Bungay Area Lions hosted its 5th annual Classic Vehicle Rally and Country Fair on Sunday, which this year welcomed a record crowd.

More than 5,000 people filled the grounds of Earsham Hall, with the event showcasing its largest fleet of vehicles yet - well over 500.

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead - Credit: Alice Fairhead

Judges ran the rule over vehicles in seven different categories - American, classic, heavy utility, military, motorcycle and tractor - and had their work cut out to pick out winners.

The rally also featured four particularly special vehicles, which were all admired by the visitors who turned out.

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead - Credit: Alice Fairhead


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Chris Spooner of the Bungay Area Lions, said: 'The event really went very well - it was probably the best rally we have held yet - it was easily the biggest crowd we have ever attracted.

'The weather was also very kind to us - the sun shone and everybody appeared to have a really great time, whether they were there for the cars or the fair.'

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead - Credit: Alice Fairhead

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The four special vehicles were a Pontiac Trans Am Blue Thunder, a 1958 Ford Anglia 100E, a Pontiac Firebird and a race-winning Morris Mini Estate.

Mr Spooner added: 'In our previous year, our best crowd was around 4,000 people, but a modest estimate would say there was around another 1,500 people there.

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead - Credit: Alice Fairhead

'There was such a nice mixture of people there as well, both car enthusiasts and families who came to enjoy the atmosphere.'

As well as the motor attractions, event-goers were treated to an auto jumble sale, various food stalls and entertainment.

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. Photo: Alice Fairhead - Credit: Alice Fairhead

There was live music provided by the X-Men, Bobby Graham and Mitchell Scott, as well as plenty of activities for the children, including Punch and Judy, face painting, games and a bouncy castle.

'Most people particularly enjoyed the classic cars, but I think everybody also just enjoyed being out in the sunshine, watching the entertainment and having a good day out with their families,' Mr Spooner added.

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. L-R: Mr Rolly Field whose Riley 1

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. L-R: Mr Rolly Field whose Riley 1.5 won besr in class for the Classic Car category and Lion President, Jane Gardiner. Photo: Chris Spooner - Credit: Chris Spooner

'All proceeds from the event will now go back into the Bungay community and surrounding areas.

'As we are a local branch of the Lions Club, that is what we raise money for - to help people in the area and support our community.'

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. L-R: Mr Roger Sharman whose Cadil

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. L-R: Mr Roger Sharman whose Cadillac won best in class for the American category and Lion President, Jane Gardiner. Photo: Chris Spooner - Credit: Chris Spooner

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. L-R: Mr David Skinner whose Humbe

Bungay Area Lions Club Classic Vehicle Rally & Country Fayre 2017. L-R: Mr David Skinner whose Humber won best in class for the Military category and Lion President, Jane Gardiner. Photo: Chris Spooner - Credit: Chris Spooner

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