THE tooting of horns and the rev of engines made sure a Pagham event accelerated off the starting blocks.
More than 100 motor vehicles took part in Pagham on Parade last Sunday and despite the odd spot of rain, the event proved to be a crowd-puller.
Pagham Parish Council chairman Ray Radmall said: “It was a fantastic day and lots of people told us how much they had enjoyed themselves.
“A special thank you must go to all the volunteers who made it possible. The history group led by Kay Fall, the fantastic team of ladies headed by Shelia Sapsed who made sure everyone was fed throughout the day. Shelia had been freezing cakes since January, which shows just how fantastic her dedication is.
“Thanks must also go to the parking teams and safety officers for their hard work especially Tim Holland.”
Cllr Radmall said he believed it was the atmosphere created at the event which made it so successful.
“The event started after the death of my predecessor Jacquie Mile in 2005. It was her idea and she was passionate about getting the event started.
He said: “After her death we organised the event, it was only small to begin, with miliary vehicles, but since then it has grown.
“The atmosphere during the event is incredibly special and I believe reflects Jacquie’s spirit, it is warm, welcoming and friendly.”
The impressive line-up of Minis, Fords and even the odd Rolls Royce made sure visitors were not short of marvellous motors to get up close to across the two-acre site.
As well as the classic cars, motorcycles and military vehicles also took centre stage.
Rose Green resident Gary Richards, has attended the event for a number of years, and claimed this year was one of the best.
“In terms of the number of vehicles on show you can’t beat this year. It really is fantastic. What is so great is the atmosphere, the owners don’t mind you having a good look around and asking questions.
“I really hope this event continues to grow,” he said.
An impressive 1927 Stutz Model AA Vertical Eight LHD Saloon attracted a lot of attention.
“This is a lovely example. It is in beautiful condition. I just wish it was mine to drive away,” said enthusiast Walter Perry.
One of the jewels of the crowns was a Ford Granada Estate. The 1985 model used to belong to the Queen and was used to ferry her royal highness, the royal family and her beloved Corgies around the Balmoral Estate.
But it was not all about the motors as there was plenty of other entertainment for all the family.
There were information stalls which included activities for the youngsters.
The Wondergirls Pom Pom dance troupe made sure everyone’s feet were tapping, and to the crowd’s delight the Wonderboys even put on an energetic display of their own.
For those children brave enough there was even a climbing wall to scale.