Classic car show roars into Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:29 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 04 August 2017

The Exmouth Classic Vehicle Gathering on the Imperial Recreation Ground.

The Exmouth Classic Vehicle Gathering on the Imperial Recreation Ground.

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More than 200 vintage vehicles are expected at the Exmouth Classic Car Show at the Imperial Recreation Ground on Sunday, August 20.

The Exmouth Classic Vehicle Gathering on the Imperial Recreation Ground. The Exmouth Classic Vehicle Gathering on the Imperial Recreation Ground.

Organisers of a classic car show in Exmouth are expecting to attract more than 200 cars on to the town’s Imperial Recreation Ground.

The charity event will also raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Cancer Research UK.

The annual Exmouth Classic Vehicle Gathering – staged by the Devon Branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club (MMOC) – is on the Rec’ Ground, next to Exmouth Rugby Club, on Sunday, August 20, between 10am and 4pm.

Local members from the MMOC organised their first gathering at the Exmouth venue back in 2004. Ignoring the usual format of most classic car shows, there is no entry fee and no set arrival or departure times. In addition there is no age-related cut-off date for display vehicles as the organisers recognise the appeal of more recent cars in both standard and modified forms.

The Exmouth Classic Vehicle Gathering on the Imperial Recreation Ground. The Exmouth Classic Vehicle Gathering on the Imperial Recreation Ground.

More than a decade on, the annual gathering attracts in excess of 250 classic and more recent cars and motorcycles of interest from across the region. Further support also comes from a number of local vehicle clubs, including the BMW Car Club Devon Region, Crash Box and Classic Car Club, Mazda MX 5 South West Region, MG Rover South West Owners Club, Torbay Mods and Torbay Old Wheels Club.

The event’s informality has proved popular with vehicle owners. “Many of the vehicle exhibitors who support our show say how much they enjoy it because of its informal atmosphere and the fact they can turn up and depart when they want to,” says event spokesperson Nickie Tilley. “As we don’t require exhibitors to book in advance, we usually get some very interesting vehicles turning up out of the blue!”

The Exmouth Classic Vehicle Gathering will also be looking to collect donations for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and Cancer Research UK. Anyone attending can make a voluntary donation to their chosen charity on the day in one of the collecting buckets.

For further details, contact Nickie Tilley on 01395 225614 or Lorna Moggridge on 01823 672693.

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