Rotary classic car show at Elveden helps raise money for the NSPCC

Members of the NSPCC and Bury St Edmunds Abbey Rotary Club at the classic car event in Elveden.

Members of the NSPCC and Bury St Edmunds Abbey Rotary Club at the classic car event in Elveden. - Credit: Archant

Motoring enthusiasts turned out for a classic and vintage car show at the Elveden Estate Walled Garden to raise funds for a children’s charity.

Bury St Edmunds Abbey Rotary Club came up with the idea of holding Saturday’s event as a different way of raising money for a good cause.

The NSPCC had been in touch with the organisation about arranging a fund-raiser, so the club decided it would a good opportunity to help boost the charity’s funds for its work helping children in the county.

With Lady Iveagh being president of the NSPCC’s West Suffolk branch, the club was given special permission to use a perfect, iconic venue for its first ever classic car show event, which was open to the public at the cost of £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Richard Curtis, chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Abbey Rotary Club, said: “It is nice to have something different which is paid for by the public.

“Classic cars shows are a good way for people to come up and have a good day at a modest price. Everyone loves to reminisce about the cars they had or the sort of cars they would like to have had.”

A range of different vehicles were on show, from collections of supercars such as Ferraris to a rare early Triumph Southern Cross, a Morris 10/6 Special from the 1930s and Jaguars and Rolls Royces from the 1970s.

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There were also a selection of 1980s and 1990s sports cars, including makes such as TVR, Scimitar, Mercedes and Lotus.

Susie Dove, secretary of the NSPCC West Suffolk committee, said it was a “great day out for the whole family”.

As well as the cars, there were also stalls pitched around the Walled Garden selling refreshments, gifts, plants and accessories.

There was also a children’s entertainer, games, tombola and a silent auction. Prizes included an Ultimate Porsche Experience and a meal for two at Elveden restaurant.

Trina Nunn, president of Bury St Edmunds Abbey Rotary, added: “We had very positive feedback on the day and everyone seems to have enjoyed it.

Nicki Gibson, community fund-raising manager for the NSPCC in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, said the money would go towards helping vulnerable children in the area, for example through its support centre in Ipswich.

“This is the first time this event has been held and it looks like a lot of the general public have come along,” she said.

“It is a good event for the area, nice for families and it is nice to have something a bit different.”

Mr Curtis said the club would look to make the event a more regular occurrence in the Rotary calendar.

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