Steam to dream cars gather at the lake

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From a 1900 Locomobil steam car to a new Lamborghini Aventador dream car, there was something from every motoring decade for more than a century at the fourth Classic and Sports cars by the Lake.

It is expected to raise more than £25,000 from St Nicholas Hospice Care according to the charity’s fund raising and marketing director Kevin Clements, who summed it up as ‘the most successful to date’.

St Nicholas Hospice Care Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake at Hall farm

St Nicholas Hospice Care Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake at Hall farm

A car nut himself, he was astounded at the sheer variety among 473 cars that turned up — many more than listed in the programme.

“I would go even if I didn’t work for the hospice,” he said. “It’s a brilliant event.”

He thanked Gina and Andrew Long, owners of Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin, for continuing to host the event, and all the volunteers who helped run it under volunteer show organiser, the aptly named, Austin Cornish.

The cars included such rarities as a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix racing car, only about 40 of which were made.

Kingsley Curtis and his 1924 Bean

Kingsley Curtis and his 1924 Bean

Many names were familiar, but others are from companies long dead or swallowed up by giants.

For example, Kingsley Curtis’ 1924 Bean may sound like an American import, but the company was founded in Dudley and in the 1920s outsold Austin and Morris. It was taken over by Standard Triumph in 1956, who in turn became part of British Leyland.

There were plenty of American cars, from utilitarian World War II jeeps to the chromed glory of a 1960 Chevrolet Impala that is believed to have once been a police car in the States.

There was also a fair selection of motorbikes, from a 1943 Harley-Davidson in military colours to a 1989 Norton Commando.

Sue Buckingham, a classic Rolls-Royce, John Buckingham, Keran Dutton, Nigel Finch, Roger Dutton and a 1963 Jaguar MkII

Sue Buckingham, a classic Rolls-Royce, John Buckingham, Keran Dutton, Nigel Finch, Roger Dutton and a 1963 Jaguar MkII

But when it comes to oddities like the space-framed Aerial Atom, it was difficult to tell whether it was a bike or a car.

For those among the 4,000 visitors wanting a break from the cars, there were plenty of foodie stalls, children’s activities and even a fly fishing display on the lake.

For more pictures see Friday’s Bury Free Press.