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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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3,000 estimated at Cumbria Classic Car Show

Thousands of motoring enthusiasts gathered to get a glimpse of some of the rarest and oldest cars in action.

Classic car show photo
The 1930 super-charged 4.5-litre Bentley, worth more than £1m

Organisers of the 25th Cumbria Classic Car Show, at Dalemain House, near Penrith, say they expected around 3,000 motoring fans through the gates by the end of yesterday.

On display was a vast array of more than 600 classic cars and motorcycles, modern prestige cars plus special attractions like the autotest arena.

In the arena, fans could get in on the action and ride in one of the cars around a short grass circuit with an expert driver.

Graeme Forrester, one of the event organisers from Wigton Motor Club, said: “This is all about showing off motoring at its best. It is the biggest gathering of motoring classics in Cumbria and probably the north of England now.”

The motor club is celebrating its 90th birthday this year and its own display showed how far cars had come in the group’s lifetime.

On display was a Bentley from 1923 – their founding year – and a Ford Rally car from this year’s racing circuit.

One of the main attractions was the Toyota rally car display.

The selection of classic racing cars is the largest of its kind in the country. The collection’s owner John Midgley brought the cars over from Skipton in Yorkshire.

“We have had a lot of people come and show interest. There is a Corolla from 1971 right up to a Celica from 1996 on show,” he said.

Enthusiasts could also catch a rare glimpse of a 1930 supercharged 4.5 litre Bentley, which is worth over £1 million.

Eric Smith, 67, from Dalston had brought along his 1937 Austin Special to show. He said: “I have only finished rebuilding it. I have put a new body on it over the last 18 months and have replaced the windscreen and seats. It was just a project and I will now move onto something else.”

Having a browse around the cars was Andrew Evans, 48, from Cleator Moor with his eight-year-old son Finlay.

“My favourite thing so far has been all the Minis because they look cool. I have also enjoyed looking at all the old cars as well,” said Finlay.

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