LADY organisers at Bognor Regis Motor Club are celebrating the success of their latest spring tour.
The 17th Regis Classic Tour was another triumph for charity. One of the organisers, Ali Green, said: “The early signs show over £30,000 was raised and this should increase considerably once Gift Aid is added.”
The proceeds will be split between Against Breast Cancer and Orchid – Fighting Male Cancer.
The total raised from the tours has reached more than £440,000 for cancer charities. More will be raised next year because 16 bookings have already been taken for a tour of North Hampshire and Wiltshire in late March.
This year’s tour discovered the East Midlands. It was based near Grantham and explored Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northampton.
Car owners came from around the UK to take part. The spectacular entry of cars from the 1920s onwards included a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, Bentley Blower Sport and a Ford Model A.
There were also three Allards, six Austin Healeys, five Jaguars and various MGs and Triumphs, through to rare vehicles like a Talbot Sunbeam 90 Drophead, Daimler Dart, Sunbeam Rapier and Saab Sonnett.
The weekend earlier this month began with a buffet dinner and a performance by the Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra.
An early start on the Saturday saw the cars head through the Lincolnshire Wolds to Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage to see the restoration of a Lancaster bomber.
Next stop was Bateman’s Brewery for a tour and lunch and a chance to visit Magdalen College Museum at Wainsfleet St Mary. A cream tea and visit to the quirky Bubble Car Museum added to the enjoyment.
A drive through the Fens to Heckington’s eight-sail windmill and the heritage station museum saw the cars gain a host of new fans.
There was no rest at the hotel. A gala dinner and super auction of donated lots was presided over by the capable Rob Hunt.
Sunday’s visits took in Pipewell Hall in Northamptonshire and Uppingham School. An optional attraction was the Kinema in the Woods in Lincolnshire for a screening of rare Shell Motorsport films.