Stowmarket classic car show is a hit despite the rain

Peerless GT from Haverhill that won 'best in show' at the Stowmarket Classic Car Show
Peerless GT from Haverhill that won 'best in show' at the Stowmarket Classic Car Show
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A 1970s Corvette Stingray was among the ‘beautiful’ vehicles on display at Stowmarket’s classic car show on Sunday.

The weather put a bit of a damper on festivities but organisers were pleased with the number of people who turned out to enjoy the Barnards VW-sponsored event, which is only the second one the town has hosted.

Sharon Brown, manager of Stowmarket Town Centre Partnership, which organised the show, said: “There wasn’t anywhere near the numbers we had last year but some people did brave the rain and, in between showers, people were moving around looking at cars.”

“Many also took advantage of the shops and cafes that were open,” she added.

Country music from Town 102 radio’s Brian Mann filled the air and visitors made the most of numerous food stalls on offer.

Organiser Andrew Brown said 50 cars ranging from a 1933 Austin 7 to a brand new Jaguar S-Type, which he described as ‘a car and a half’, were on show in Ipswich Street, Crowe Street and Market Place.

“It didn’t compare to last year, purely because the weather was so bad but bearing in mind the forecast and weather we had, for 50 owners to bring vehicles out was amazing,” he said.

Prizes were awarded in seven categories, with a Peerless GT owner from Haverhill taking home ‘best in show’, a Great Finborough-owned Austin 16 getting ‘best 40s or 50s’, an Austin 7 from Ixworth winning ‘best pre-war’ and a Lotus Europa securing ‘best 70s’.

The ‘best two-seater sports car’ was won by a Corvette Stingray from Needham Market and a 1964 Mustang convertible from Stowmarket won ‘best American classic’.

Mr Brown said the event was a great way of showing visitors what Stowmarket had to offer and to develop its reputation as a ‘friendly town’. “We’re intending to do it again next year, and hopefully the sun will be shining,” he added.