Bardwell’s Cars on the Green pulls in the crowds to lift village funds
The fifth Cars on Bardwell Village Green proved a crowd puller for both visitors and historic car owners.
Even though the 125 car places were fully booked in January show chairman David Ruffles said another 40 cars came unbooked, but were squeezed in.
But there was also no shortage of people at the free show to see the cars and the other attractions put on by the village organisations that benefit from the show’s pulling power.
David said: “It just amazed us – we didn’t think we would get that number turn up.”
The church tower was also open, with people queuing out the door to go up to see the view, and Bardwell Windmill was also open.
“We had some fantastic cars and the judges had a really tough decision to come up with winners,” David added.
Car of the Show went to a 1930s SS Jaguar 100 sports car.
There was also a family connection for David. A blue Morris Bullnose van, restored by his father John, bore the name Hector Ruffles, rake maker, of Bardwell, who was David’s great grandfather.
They were to have had a flypast by an RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota transport plane, but that developed a fault so the flight sent along one of its Hawker Hurricanes.
David said: “It was the only time it was quiet – the whole place went silent because everybody was watching the sky.”