Record numbers for classic car rally from Cromer to Great Yarmouth

The classic car rally in aid of Centre 81 made its way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth.
Picture: Adri

The classic car rally in aid of Centre 81 made its way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth. Picture: Adrian Buck - Credit: Archant

A colourful array of classic cars and bikes wound their way along the roads of Norfolk on Sunday to raise funds for a charity that enhances the lives of people with disabilities.

The classic car rally in aid of Centre 81 made its way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth.
Picture: Adri

The classic car rally in aid of Centre 81 made its way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth. Picture: Adrian Buck - Credit: Archant

A record 90 vehicles took part in Centre 81's Classic Car Run, which began at Cromer and finished with a static show in Great Yarmouth.

The centre at Tar Works Road, Great Yarmouth provides skills and activities for more than 70 members with a range of disabilities caused by illness and trauma - as well as a community transport scheme used by 750 people in the wider community.

The annual car run, now in its 6th year, included vehicles dating back to 1909, with some travelling from as far as Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire to take part.

Best in Show was a 1968 MG BGT car driven by Rolly Field and the People's Choice was won by John James with his 1962 Aerial Arrow motorbike.A 1959 Corvette Chevy driven by Ludham man Vernon Enever was named the best Golden Oldie, while Rodney Charman on his Aerial NH350 from 1953 won the Best Bike in Show.

The classic car rally in aid of Centre 81 made its way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth.
Picture: Adri

The classic car rally in aid of Centre 81 made its way from Cromer to Great Yarmouth. Picture: Adrian Buck - Credit: Archant


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This year the run returned to its original starting venue, Cromer's Runton Road car park.

Cars left at 10am and followed a 60-mile route, taking in Blickling Hall, Coltishall and Horsey, before they arrived in Great Yarmouth for a static show at Marine Gardens next to the Sea Life Centre.

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It coincided with the second day of the Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival, which consistently draws in huge numbers.

Fundraising stalls were held on the seafront and included a raffle with prizes up for grabs such as a Samsung tablet, hamper and DAB radio.

Rolly Field�s MG BGT was named Best in Show and the Swinging Sixties winner
Picture; Adrian Buck

Rolly Field�s MG BGT was named Best in Show and the Swinging Sixties winner Picture; Adrian Buck - Credit: Archant

Centre 81 chief executive Diana Staines said: 'It was absolutely brilliant, we had a record number of classic vehicles take part this year, which really drew in the crowds and helped us to raise the profile of Centre 81. We want to thank everyone who took part and assisted us on the day.'

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