Classic car rally revs into action to launch March Summer Festival

One of the vehicles that will be joining the classic car parade

One of the vehicles that will be joining the classic car parade - Credit: Archant

Taking it back to the good old days of motoring will be a trail of classic cars heading up a weekend of activities at the March summer festival.

Among the cars taking part will be Albert, a black 1951 Daimler DB18 Consort which is owned by Garry and Marnie Dodkin of Wisbech.

The motor, which is mainly original, is a regular at car shows and can be seen when the parade starts proceedings on Saturday June 13 at 12.15.

The classic vehicle parade is sponsored by Bruce Smith and organised by Ray Howes.

Leading the parade of vehicles will be Vivien the fire engine as a fitting tribute to the late Patsy Brewin.


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The walking parade following behind will be led by Sambando Samba Band and the Gala Princess along with her attendant in a horse-drawn carriage provided by George Sharman.

It will set off shortly after the floats and walking groups representing local organisations and businesses.

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The Bruce Smith trophy for best classic vehicle along with Skoulding trophy for best group and the Mallett trophy for best individual will be awarded after the opening of the event at 1.45pm on the stage in West End Park which then kicks off a weekend of dance, music, fancy dress and fun for all the family.

Friday night sees Rock in the Park with Hail the Horror, Dispossession, Kaine, Stringfinger and Exist Immortal.

Saturday night is Pop In The Park with Scooted and Booted, John Preston Tribute band, Whiskey Twist and Aladdinsane.

On Sunday it is time to bring out alfresco dining with Picnic In the park with entertainment from Chatteris Town Band, MADAOS, Ivan Garford’s Hell Fire Club and Cat in the Mangle.

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