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Hundreds of cars set for centre of remembrance

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

Pauline Blake

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MORE than 200 classic cars are set to descend on a national centre of remembrance near Burton this weekend.

The National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas, will play host to the special event on Sunday.

The ‘Drive It Day’ showcase, which will run from 11am to 3.30pm, will also feature several cars featured in the BBC series ‘Father Brown’.

One of the big attractions on the day will be the car driven by Stirling Moss when he won the 1954 Monte Carlo Rally, a blue Sunbeam Alpine.

A spokesman for the event said: “Visit the National Memorial Arboretum to see a fantastic display of more than 200 classic vehicles.

“As well as the display there will be the opportunity to see a number of cars featured in the BBC series Father Brown, as well as a Sunbeam Alpine.”

Previous events have raised thousands of pounds for the centre, funded entirely by donations from the public and funding grants, and this year’s event will also help fill the coffers.

The ‘Drive it Day’ is always held on the Sunday closest to St George’s Day and, in the motoring world, is traditionally when people take their treasured vehicles out for a spin.

Organiser Pauline Blake said: “I’m interested in classic cars and I think the arboretum is an amazing place and well worth supporting.”

More information is available by by calling Pauline Blake on 01827 373670 or emailing paulineblakeforge@yahooo.co.uk

Mrs Blake is also currently organising the Open Gardens weekend in Lullington later this year, at which there will also be some classic cars on display.

More information is available online at www.lullingtonclassics.com/index.html

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