PHOTOS: Historic vehicle rally in Sherborne
CLASSIC car fanatics flocked to Sherborne School Courts on Sunday to see a gleaming display of nearly 100 historic cars and 30 motorbikes.
This was the 39th historic vehicle rally in Sherborne – the 20th to be organised by the town’s two Rotary Clubs. Originally the rally was organised by Michael Hunt to coincide with the town’s carnival.
More than 40 drivers took part in a road run around the Dorset lanes during the morning before congregating in the Courts for judging in the afternoon.
Rotarian John House who helped organise the event said the clubs had raised more than £50,000 for charities since it had been running the rally. This year funds will go towards Sherborne Youth club’s minibus appeal.
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“Next year will be the 40th year of the rally which must be a record for a motoring event such as this,” he said.
Most of the vehicles had been lovingly restored over many years by their owners, such as the 1939 MG WA DHC, which Colin Gosney of Mudford has owned for 33 years. The car was bombed in 1942 in London and discovered in 1947 in an underground car park in Park Lane.
It found its way to Bruton where Mr Gosney acquired it and restored it 22 years ago. Since then he has won many awards for his craftsmanship – his wife even made the roof!
Dr Derry and Carol Dickson of Sherborne have owned their 1948 TC MG which they affectionately call Miranda, for 30 years. It took 18 years to restore her before she was launched on the road in 2000.