Maxi rallies to join car line-up

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A CAR with a very special place in the history of rallying will be on show at the Classic & Sports Cars by the Lake being staged on Sunday, September 11, at Fornham St Martin.

The 1970 Austin Maxi, which took part in the 1970 London to Mexico Rally, will be among the hundreds of cars on show at the Hall Farm event, which is raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care,

It has been restored to its original livery by owner Robin Shackleton, from Badwell Ash, and is one of only two surviving Maxis which took part in the 16,000 mile race.

The car was driven by three women, Tish Ozanne, Tina Kerridge and Bronwen Burrell and was bought by Mr Shackleton from a private collector in Italy.

He has restored it to its original trim and says he goes shopping in it and takes his children to school in it.

“It’s very unsophisticated but was the first five speed car and hatchback.”

The maxi drove from London to Prague to Dubrovnik and then to Lisbon before it was put on a boat to South America in order to get to Mexico in time for the World Cup.

The three women were however caught in mud on the last leg and missed their deadline to continue the race.

The Maxi joins 250 vintage, classic and sports cars at the event hosted by Andrew and Gina Long.

The day features BMWs dating back to the 1930s as well as the 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S 1275 owned by Paddy Hopkirk which won the 1990 Pirelli Classic Marathon.

There is also live music, craft stalls and children’s entertainment.

Tickets can be obtained from Carrs BMW, the Tourist Information Office and cost £6, concessions £4. Family tickets for two adults and two children cost £15.

Anyone wanting to exhibit a car should contact Karen on 07830 468228 or go to www.classicsportscarsbythelake.co.uk