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Petrolhead revvs up for car show
Thursday, 19 July 2012
CLASSIC: Alan Mason with his Daimler Dart sports Car. Picture by Mark Cleveland
LAST week Alan Mason was in France driving his Gordon Keeble car – next month his 1965 classic will spearhead the first show of thoroughbred vehicles a local hospice has staged.
Alan, a volunteer at St Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower and classic car fan hopes to entice more than 200 other vehicles to join him on the day.
“I have been volunteering at the hospice since my late partner Jan was cared for there, it seemed a good idea to combine my love of classic cars with fundraising and organising a car show,” said Alan, who lives in Brentwood.
He has volunteered at the hospice for three years helping out in the education centre supporting students and sharing his training and project management skills.
“So this is quite a departure for me for to organise a classic car show,” he said.
“Luckily Ford has offered us space at its Dunton plant which has plenty of hard standing so we can survive rain!” he added.
“We will have national judges there to pick winners in 12 categories, plus the overall champion.
“If it as successful as we hope it will be, the show could become an annual event,” he added.
Alan plans to include a classic Ford section and other vehicles pre 1992, and also a Supercar Paddock for future classics such as Aston Martins, Ferraris or Lamborghinis.
Essex Police has signed up with their Subaru Simulator.
He is also looking for sponsors for the trophies to present to the winners of 12 show categories including car of the show and businesses or organisations with a motoring theme.
“I’m a classic car enthusiast and I thought I’d share my interest with raising money for Saint Francis Hospice. All I need is owners of veteran, vintage, classic or prestige cars and clubs to get involved and help make the event a success.”
The show will take place between 10am and 4pm on September 2, and more information is on Saint Francis Hospice’s website at www.sfh.org.uk
To get involved, call on 01708 771412.
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