Classic cars draw the crowds

A summer car rally was held at Sidmouth Cricket Club at the weekend. Grace Jeffrey, nine, with her d

A summer car rally was held at Sidmouth Cricket Club at the weekend. Grace Jeffrey, nine, with her dad Colin by the Sidmouth Toastrack. Ref shs 9236-39-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Vintage motors met modern technology in what proved to be a recipe for success at Sidmouth’s Classic Car show last Saturday.

A summer car rally was held at Sidmouth Cricket Club at the weekend. Mike Arscott, Steve Brownridge

A summer car rally was held at Sidmouth Cricket Club at the weekend. Mike Arscott, Steve Brownridge and Stephen Poat from Deer Park Hotel with the estate's collection of classic cars. Ref shs 9247-39-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

More than nine months of work went into this year’s event, which received an unprecedented number of entries and had a packed entertainment programme – but everything rested on the unpredictable weather.

Organisers breathed a sigh of relief when the go-ahead was given mid-Friday afternoon and sun shone down on the day, which saw an estimated 2,000 – 2,500 visitors flock to the site at Sidmouth Cricket Club.

The event, run by Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Crash Box Club of Devon, this year incorporated the Alternative Energy Vehicle Show, with some of the latest energy-saving technology.

Organiser Mike Lavers said: “It went really well. The chamber of commerce worked really hard on this and we had lots of help on the day.


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“We probably had one of the best afternoons – we were so lucky.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and I am sure we brought people into the town.”

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Mike thanked the many groups and individuals who supported the event and helped on the day.

Although the final total is not yet in, he said a large amount was collected to be put to good causes in the town.

The date for next year’s show has already been set as Saturday, September 17.

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