Classic cars a New Year’s Day attraction

Gathering of old vehicles at The Gardeners Arms in Tostock. Ernest Constable with his 1935 Alvis Silver Eagle.
Gathering of old vehicles at The Gardeners Arms in Tostock. Ernest Constable with his 1935 Alvis Silver Eagle.
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THEY turned back time at an event on the first day of the new year at the Gardeners Arms pub in Tostock.

Owners took along classic vehicles dating back more than 80 years and were joined by old motor cycles and even a 1949 Bedford 29-seater bus.

Gathering of old vehicles at The Gardeners Arms in Tostock. Eamonn Harvey with his 1959 Austin A35.

Gathering of old vehicles at The Gardeners Arms in Tostock. Eamonn Harvey with his 1959 Austin A35.

The gathering was organised by enthusiast and retired headteacher Brian Aket, who combines an interest in classic vehicles – he has a 1926 Alivis – with helping to retain interest in village pubs.

This year, some 15 classic cars were on show at the Gardeners Arms, which is also hosting a Triumph owners event on March 6.

Landlord Steve Gardener said events such as these were popular as Tostock had quite a lot of people who owned old cars, pre-1970.

Mr Aket said his event attracted owners from as far as the Colchester and Ipswich areas and created a lot of interest at the pub, which provided soup and rolls. Next rally is on June 21.

Gathering of old vehicles at The Gardeners Arms in Tostock.

Gathering of old vehicles at The Gardeners Arms in Tostock.

Gathering of old vehicles at The Gardeners Arms in Tostock. Poppy Beaton and brother Harvey Beaton inside a 1948 Bedford 29 seater bus.

Gathering of old vehicles at The Gardeners Arms in Tostock. Poppy Beaton and brother Harvey Beaton inside a 1948 Bedford 29 seater bus.