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Classics gear up to raise charity cash

Drive It Day starting at Silverstone Circuit organised by Hagerty International for the Federation of British Historical Vehicles Club. Pictured, Barry Williams waves off the Aston Martin V8 PNL-140428-084934009

Drive It Day starting at Silverstone Circuit organised by Hagerty International for the Federation of British Historical Vehicles Club. Pictured, Barry Williams waves off the Aston Martin V8 PNL-140428-084934009

 

Around 100 classic cars joined a rally through the countryside to raise £2,750 for charity on Sunday.

The cars, ranging from a Model T Ford to a Ford GT 40, assembled under starters orders at Silverstone circuit to set off on their journey through Northants and beyond.

The drive, now in its eighth year, was organised by Hagerty International as part of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club’s Drive It Day. Their route took in Bicester Heritage site, where the former RAF station has been converted into a home for historic motoring and aviation.

The rally ended at the Heritage Motoring Centre, Gaydon.

One of the organisers Ian Arthur said: “It was absolutely brilliant. The weather held off until we finished at Gaydon museum. It went extremely well and everybody had an enjoyable day.”

This year the cash will go to Towcester Food Bank.

Angus Forsyth, Hagerty International’s managing director, said: “As a Northamptonshire based company, it is fantastic to be able to give something back to local organisations that rely on donations to maintain their great work.

“Classic car rallies are enormous fun and provide a great thrill for those involved as well as the local communities who line the roads to support it. Drive it Day is a great initiative and we look forward to staging an even bigger and better event next year.”

 

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