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Car rally remembers popular petrolhead

Vintage cars parked up for the Bill Barton Memorial Rally

Vintage cars parked up for the Bill Barton Memorial Rally

A convoy of 18 vintage cars revved up to travel across the county for a car rally.

The Bill Barton Memorial Rally, which took place on Sunday, saw more than 40 petrolheads get together for the annual event.

Bill was a popular Little Horwood resident with a collection of vintage cars and was part of the first rally in 2008 when just seven cars were involved.

Since Bill’s death in December 2008 aged 77, the rally has been named after him and this year a record 18 cars took to the streets.

His friend and event organiser Peter Pearce said Bill had ‘quite a collection’ and his widow actually took part in one of his AJ Stevens & Co cars.

“AJS were more known for their motorbikes so I think they only made around eight or ten of the cars. Bill had two of them,” Mr Pearce said.

The group drove between The Fox Inn at Great Barrington and the recreation ground in Little Horwood with the oldest car a 1930s Sunbeam.

 

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