Classic car team hopes history does not repeat itself!

The organisers of the Sherborne Historic Vehicle Rally are keeping their fingers crossed for fine weather this year after heavy rain last year decimated the field of entries for the charity event.

“Last year held so much promise and the rain was a real disappointment,” explains Brian Chant, honorary chairman of the organising committee and director of Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions.

“The Sherborne HVR is one of the few classic car meets where there’s an optional road run of about 40 miles during the morning before the cars line up in static display. Last year, many participants still enjoyed the run despite the rain but all the motorcyclists, except two, then had to head home to dry off!

“Even so, we managed to raise £2,300, the same as we achieved in dry weather the year before so it was not a washout. This year we hope to do far better, especially as word spreads about the category class for modern thoroughbreds, opening up entries to a selection of post-1970 cars and which has already seen a Ferrari among the thoroughbreds promised for the line-up in the Courts of Sherborne School after the road run.”

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles and to be held on Sunday, August 25th during the Bank Holiday weekend, offers categories for Veteran, Vintage, and Classic Pre-1970 Cars; Pre-1970 Light Commercial Vehicles; and Pre-1980 Motorcycles and Three-Wheelers. There is a plethora of cups to be awarded, too. Sherborne Town Band will be playing while the judges and wider public make up their own minds about which are the most deserving entries.

Over the years, well in excess of £50,000 has been raised for charities supported by the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles. Organisers are hoping to give the total a significant boost this year and those wishing to enter vehicles can download entry forms on the event website, returning them to the new honorary secretary Bob Twiggins at 16, Gainsborough Drive, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6DR.

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