VOLUNTEERS from a Cumbrian motor club have been the driving force behind the creation of a new headquarters.

Wigton Motor Club’s new base at Moota was formally opened by Copeland MP Trudy Harrison this week, and is the culmination of a three-year labour of love for members who have given up their time, skills and energy to develop the project to fruition.

The headquarters contains a meeting room, storage and kitchen facilities, and space for members to work on their cars.

A host of classic cars were on show at the facility’s formal opening event.

Mrs Harrison said: “It’s fabulous to see all the meticulously-maintained classic cars on show, and I congratulate everyone involved in the building of this excellent facility.

“I know it will allow the club to continue to grow and thrive, with a focus on encouraging new and younger member to come through, and I wish the club all the very best for the future.”

Wigton Motor Club, founded in 1923, has 800 members from all corners of Cumbria and as far afield as Scotland and the North East. It organises a range of events including autotests, rallies and tours; the highlight of which is the popular Cumbria Classic and Motorsport Show held in Dalemain every August which welcomes over 800 display vehicles. The club is a not-for-profit organisation and proceeds of its events are donated to local charities.

Club Secretary Graeme Forrester said: “For a motor club to have facilities like this is unique in this country, and it’s a fantastic achievement for our club.

“It provides a base for all our activities and provides the opportunity for people with a shared interest to come together.”

For more information on the club, visit www.wigtonmc.co.uk or view its Facebook page @wigtonmc