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Gearing up for classic car fun at transport festival

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

  • 18/05/14 Swadlincote Transport Festival - The Delph, Swadlincote Transport festival at the Delph in Swadlincoteorganised by the Box Motor Club..

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SWADLINCOTE town centre was transformed into a car park for some rather interesting vehicles at the weekend, when the second Festival of Transport took place in the town.

The Delph and its surrounding area was filled with cars, bikes and trucks of all shapes and sizes, which drew hundreds of people to the town in Sunday’s sunshine.

It is estimated around 350 vehicles attended this year’s event – roughly 100 more than last year’s successful turnout, exceeding even the most optimistic expectations of organisers at The Box Motor Club and Swadlincote Rotary Club.

The event raised money for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and the 1211 (Swadlincote) squadron of the Air Training Corps.

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Graham Foster, co-founder of the motor club, told the Mail: “I’m really pleased with how it went. There were an awful lot of people and we did well for the charities. The weather helped a lot. You couldn’t see down the street for all the people.”

There were performances by the Sign for Pleasure group, crafts, and activities for children, but the biggest draw was undoubtedly the vehicles themselves.

A 1957 Ferrari 250 caused quite a stir, as visitors crowded to have a look. Many were able to see under the bonnet to find out exactly what made the sports car tick.

A black Ford Model T was also popular with snappers, although that may have been due to the Laurel and Hardy lookalikes sitting inside the vehicle.

“Classic cars gain a lot of attention.

“I think they take a lot of people back to their childhoods,” Mr Foster said.

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