Classic cars hit the Norfolk roads

King's Lynn Classic Car Rally'Terry Cook of Watlington at the start ANL-150716-094604001

King's Lynn Classic Car Rally'Terry Cook of Watlington at the start ANL-150716-094604001

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A convoy of motoring gems from the past travelled sedately through the Norfolk countryside on Lynn Motor Club’s 38th annual classic rally.

Around 80 cherished vehicles took part, starting from Anglia Car Auctions’ site at Lynn, breaking for lunch at Dunston Hall, Norwich, and finishing at Thursford for the presentation of trophies.

The oldest car was a 1930 Austin entered by Terry Cook, of Watlington.

This 85-year-old car was followed by vehicles from every decade through to the 1990s, including a Rolls Royce, a couple of Bentleys, a selection of Jaguars and Austin Healeys, Porsche, Lotus, Ferrari and Mercedes.

Entrants judged their fellow competitors’ cars at the finish and the one that came out as favourite was the 1947 Healey Westland driven by David Holman, from Fincham, with his wife Susan and their dog Jess as passengers.

Only 70 of these classic four-seater roadsters were made and were intended for competition use.

Mr Holman bought and restored it about 21 years ago when his two-seater Austin Healey became too small for his growing family.

“It is in regular use,” he said. “In fact, we have just come back from three weeks in Europe with it.”

Another West Norfolk trophy winner was Bruce Riches, from Great Massingham, whose 1936 Fraser Nash BMW 319 cabriolet won the vintage/post vintage class.

He had paid £25 for the car in the 1970s after discovering it being used as a chicken hut in a field at Castle Rising.

Now full restored and in regular use, it was taken on the rally by Mr Riches and his wife Susan.

Other award winners: Historic class, Alan Gidley (Long Stratton), 1953 Riley RMF; post historic, Conrad Bos (Bury St Edmunds), Austin Healey 3000; modern classic, Norman Ashurst (Dereham), Ferrari Testarossa.