Burnham Market burn ’em up

Hoste Arms owner, Brendan Hopkins (left) with all the winners, from left - Roger Stevens, Adrian Holmes, former racing driver Jack Sears, Michael McDonnell, David Brand and Jeff Beck MLNF16PB05082 ANL-160520-152111001
Hoste Arms owner, Brendan Hopkins (left) with all the winners, from left - Roger Stevens, Adrian Holmes, former racing driver Jack Sears, Michael McDonnell, David Brand and Jeff Beck MLNF16PB05082 ANL-160520-152111001

Rock superstar Jeff Beck was among the winners at Burnham Market’s seventh annual Classic and Supercar rally held at the Hoste.

More than 40 cars of all vintages pack out the car park on Thursday and Friday.

The spectacular event displayed a wide range of historic marques included Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, Ferrari, Chevrolet, MG and Lagonda in a display collectively worth around £15 million.

Jeff Beck won an award for his Chevette.

Of the many other cars to draw admiring glances was a DeLorean car with its gull wing doors. First built in the United States in 1981 it was brought across the Atlantic in 1982 in an attempt to create a motoring industry in Northern Ireland. But it ceased production a year later though there are plans to built 300 cars to the original design later this year.

It is probably best known for featuring in the Back to the Future series of films.

Another was a 1929 six cylinder Speed 6 Bentley which manages less than a petrol-guzzling 2 miles per litre of fuel. It was built in an era when fuel was cheap and no one had heard of climate change.

A Ford GT 40, a make of car that won more prestigious events than any other road race car in motoring history, also attracted a lot of attention. It was developed by its American manufacturer to break Ferrari’s stranglehold on the Le Mans 24 hour race and did so successfully winning four races in succession.

Some owners had driven 150 to take part in the glittering cavalcade whilst others, like Norfolk estate agent, Max Sowerby and his 1933 K3 MG, hardly turned his engine over to arrive in the village.

The event was started by Paul Whittome, the late former owner of the Hoste Arms in 2010. Current Hoste Arms owner, Brendan Hopkins acted as secretary at that event which was restricted to Rolls Royce and Bentley cars.

“We’ve had a fantastic response with lots of owners wanting to show their cars to like-minded people. We’ve got some amazing cars,” said Mr Hopkins. “About half are new and half classic.”

Also on hand was former rally and racing driver, 86-year-old Jack Sears, who won the first British Saloon car Championship in 1958.

The event included awards for best classic pre- and post-World War 2 cars, Best Supercar pre- and post-1970 and best number plate. The winners in order were Roger Stevens (Lagonda), Jeff Beck (Chevrolet Corvette), Michael McDonnell (Jaguar E-Type), Adrian Holmes (Ford GT 40) and David Brand (number plate).