As the winter nights start to close in we remember a charity event from the summer.
Celebrating its 21st Birthday, Classics on the Common this year was yet another success, with over 1000 classic cars congregating in Harpenden all in the name of Charity. The event organised and managed by Harpenden Village Rotary Club, helps raise a substantial amount of money for charities – around the sum of £24,000.
Event manager Richard Bellingham said it was a highlight ‘seeing so many people obviously enjoying themselves’ raising money for charity. The main beneficiaries of the classic car event include The Community Meeting Point, the Alzheimer’s Society, Youth Talk, Macmillan Cancer Support and Guildford Rotary Eye Project.
Shining on show As always there was a huge variety of classic cars that were on display that would tickle the fancy of any enthusiast, as well as make the average visitor look twice! Here are some of the highlights below:
A Magneta Triumph Dolomite Sprint was sat next to a Modena Green Ford Escort RS2000 Mk1 – period rivals that were both in immaculate condition. Great to see!
A superb JAP-engined Morgan three-wheeler, 1954 Cooper-Jaguar T33 both alongside a stunning ’67 Shelby GT350.
A ‘51 MG TD-1250 bought as a first car, only ever had one owner and bought for the princely sum of £250 at the time and used daily by the driver until 1969. Many classic cars at the show had been in long-term ownership and kept in great condition.
A 1937 Thrupp & Maberly-bodied Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sports Tourer bought by its current owner 25 years ago.
Even a shiny 1960 Dodge Dart Pioneer was found to be a great feature at the Hertfordshire gathering, with station wagons being ever more scarce today.
There were even cars that would excite the more exotic fans found amongst us, including two sumptuous Iso Grifos and a Ferrari 275GTS. All in the all the show was a great success, pulling together a number of classic cars to be displayed and appreciated, all for a great cause.
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