For the sixth year running local residents Terry Farmer and Vicki Friend with friend Mick from Anstey were able, despite the current difficulties, to hold this run in aid of Rainbow’s Hospice for Children and Young People.
The usual start venue was unavailable due to the regulations so after a rethink, by the kindness of Mr and Mrs Pochin, Barkby Hall was made available for the cars to drive through and collect their route, a commemorative plaque and a money off voucher for Barnsdale Gardens, which was the final destination.
Eventually, on Sunday 6th September forty cars set off on a 45 mile route to Gates Nursery exploring the area towards and around the Langtons, onwards to Eyebrook Reservoir, Launde Abbey, Knossington and Cold Overton and Gate’s Nursery for a comfort stop, refreshments and, for some, shopping! The gathered classic cars made a splendid sight in the car park.
In their own time cars then set off for the shorter 23 miles to Barnsdale gardens. The assembled cars filled the overflow field. All forty cars made the journey! Time then to admire each others vehicles as well as visit the restaurant, the shop and gardens, with the voucher for reduced price entry, through the generosity of Nick Hamilton.
The day went really well and the weather stayed dry throughout, which was a blessing. There were many congratulatory comments. The run was well supported by the North Leicester MG Owner’s Club and the Daimler and Lanchester Owner’s club. Drivers came from as far afield as Burton on Trent, Nuneaton and Cheshire.
The icing on the cake, £900 was raised for this invaluable charity.