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Forty examples of the vintage and modern cars that span the history of the many significant moments in motoring came to Burnham Market on Friday.

It was the ninth annual Classic and Supercar rally at the Hoste Arms and a record number, worth more than £30 million, made it an event to remember.

Pride of place went to a 1910 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, still in pristine condition, and now worth some £12 million rather than its original sale price of several hundred pounds.

It sports oxy-acetylene headlamps and paraffin side lights and achieves 10 miles to the gallon.

“We’ve owned it eight years,” said Albert White who travelled with his wife, Margaret, to Burnham Market from Grantham.

Albert and Margaret White with their 1910 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, worth £12million (1981675)
Albert and Margaret White with their 1910 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, worth £12million (1981675)

“It’s very reliable. In 2014 we motored some 2,500 miles in the Swiss Alps.

“We also often just nip out in it for Sunday lunch at home when the weather’s nice.”

A 1961 250 GT SWB Ferrari also attracted a lot of attention within the display.

“Now owned by Clive Beacham it twice competed in the Le Mans 24 race, driven by racing legends Stirling Moss and Graham Hill, but without winning.

But Peter Brennan, from Cambridge, who had brought along his six-and-a-half litre Bentley, built in the 1920s, was not born alive when it twice won Le Mans some 90 years ago.

He said: “It’ll do 12 or 13 miles to the gallon if driven gently. Only 182 were made.”

Peter Brennan, from Cambridge, with his Bentley convertible which twice won Le Mans some 90 years ago (1981725)
Peter Brennan, from Cambridge, with his Bentley convertible which twice won Le Mans some 90 years ago (1981725)

A special limited edition car on show was Alec Gunn’s Porsche 911 which he had driven up from Essex.

Only a handful were made in 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the model first roiling off the production line.

The most striking had to be a low-slung 750 Lamborghini Aventador with gull-wing doors.

Owner George Topham, from Cambridge, has owned this 2015 model for a year. “Only 600 have been made. There’s a lot less now as many have crashed.”

To a question on cost he said: “A lot,” with a smile.

More modest cars on show included a 1925 bull nosed Morris and a Wolseley Hornet nestling amongst classic marques such as Aston Martin, Mercedes Bentley, Jaguar, Jensen, Lamborghini and McLaren.

Brendan Hopkins, owner of the Hoste Arms, said: “Yesterday we went to Sandringham where the cars created a lot of interest.

“There were children with their eyes on stalks and the 1910 Silver Ghost attracted a lot of attention.”

Winners and judges line up with Hoste Arms owner, Brendan Hopkins in blue, in the centre (1981735)
Winners and judges line up with Hoste Arms owner, Brendan Hopkins in blue, in the centre (1981735)
George Topham with his 750 Lamborghini Aventador with gull-wing doors (1981737)
George Topham with his 750 Lamborghini Aventador with gull-wing doors (1981737)

Principal judging results were: Best pre-war Classic: Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (Albert and Margaret White), Best pre-1970 Supercar: Ferrari 250 GT SWB (Clive Beacham), Best post-war classic: Aston Martin DB4 (Doug Chapman),

Best modern sports car: McLaren (Tony and Laura O’Sullivan), Best modern saloon: Rolls Royce Dawn (Russell Bartlett), Jack Sears Trophy: Porsche 911 (Alec Gunn).



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