Taking a drive into the past

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CLASSIC cars turned back the motoring clock when Bognor Regis Motor Club staged its latest event.

The third running of its tour and picnic saw 80 of the motors take to the roads around West Sussex.

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The delicious selection of vehicles from times past dated from the 1927 Alvis of James and Liz Campbell.

Among the other entrants was a rare HRG open sports tourer driven by Peter Mitchell which belonged to his late mother, Nancy Mitchell, from Felpham.

The ‘youngest’ of the vehicles on show was a Ferrari F430 Spider.

The object of the full-up event was to combine motoring with raising money for charity, as well as to provide the motorists with the chance to meet and enjoy a social outing.

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This year’s TAP, the third to be held, is likely to have raised more than £4,000 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.

The total is set to beat the £4,000 raised last year for the air ambulance and the £3,000-plus for St Wilfrid’s
Hospice.

Graham Franks, the event’s photographer, said plenty of brilliant sunshine and beaming smiles were to 
be seen.

“The event started in the beautiful surroundings of Great Ballard School at Eartham.

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“Here the school’s new head teacher, Richard Morgan, flagged away the cars on their journey heading through the beautiful Sussex and Hampshire countryside to Avington Park near Winchester.”

This was the destination for the picnic lunch and a tour of the house and parkland.

The next stop was the famous Jim Stokes Workshop at Waterlooville. Its technicians were busy with the preparation of cars for the Goodwood Revival this weekend.

“The tour finished, yet again, at the superb Tithe Barn at Ditcham Park Farm to the south of Petersfield to feast on a delicious 
hog roast to celebrate the day with live music 
from the charismatic Dawn’s Vintage Do,” said 
Graham.

A raffle with plenty of donated prizes helped to boost funds along with sponsorship by Orchard Restorations.