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Shiny show-offs

27 June 2014

FOR the third year, St Peter's, Harold Wood, in Chelmsford diocese, has held a car show in support of the London Air Ambulance. When they first planned one, four years ago, they could not have imagine how successful these shows would become, one of the volunteers, Chris Van-Holby, says. This time, there were more than 2000 visitors.

Held in the grounds of Redden Court School, some 250 immaculately shiny cars wereon display. They ranged from family cars of past decades, including Fords, Humbers, and Wolseys,to up-market Jaguars, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys. There were car club Stags and MGs, through to exotic cars such as a Zimmer Golden Spirit, a Mercedes-Benz SLS, and a Ford GT40 replica.

Yet admission was only £2, including the show guide, and 50p for children. Nor was it just for petrol-heads. Mr Van-Holby tells me that, for the children, there were a bouncy castle, a train ride, face-painting, and a 60-foot inflatable obstacle course - not to mention a live band.

There was one 15-minute shower of rain, which meant big crowds for the craft tent and Christian bookstall, but it all went very well indeed. And, during the show, the Air Ambulance sped across the sky to a serious accident, reminding everyone what the £3500 raised by the event would be used for.

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