2018 – Great motor show, until the rains came!

This year’s Classic Car show in the historic Medieval Village of Lavenham was a resounding success despite heavy rain dampening proceedings during the afternoon.

Despite the predicated rainfall some 150 cars arrived covering a wide variety of marques and the steady throng of visitors to the event found a mix of food and drink stalls attending together with a range of trade stands.

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Classic cars under the tower of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Lavenham

Music was provided by local singer/songwriter Mike Gage and the scene was set for a busy fun day for all. Which it was – until the rain arrived.
A cheery atmosphere prevailed albeit some of the car owners chose to return home early rather than submit their precious vehicles to the downpour.

The event was held to raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Lavenham Community Council, both registered charities.

Event organiser Bruce Goddard said “this year the stage was set for a busy day which indeed started very well with a wide range of vehicles from Bugattis to Volkswagons and hundreds of visitors and despite the weather shortening the day’s activities we raised well over £1,500 for our chosen charities”.

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A full range of cars were on display for visitors to admire

More coverage by our local press here: EADT report

One week to go

LAVENHAM CLASSICS 2018

Next Sunday 26th August sees the return of the popular village Classic Car Show.

Held on the Recreation Ground [accessed off Bridge Street Road] and open to visitors from 11.00am to 4.00pm, this year’s event is focussed on delivering a traditional family day out with the added benefit of seeing a great and diverse mix of classic cars – and some classic motorcycles.

Entry is free to visitors however a contribution to this year’s chosen charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service, is encouraged.

The weather should be dry if not quite the heatwave of the past few months.

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The event started in its present format, titled “Lavenham Classics”, last year following on from the long running (and very popular) Rare Breeds Motor Show that had been held for many years in conjunction with the Lavenham Carnival. Regrettably, due to ever increasing health & safety regulations and declining volunteer numbers the Carnival, along with the Rare Breeds Motor Show was held for the last time in 2016.

The Carnival, alas, is no more but village resident and well known classic car enthusiast Bruce Goddard stepped forward to promote a stand alone classic car event with a greater focus as a village attraction rather than as an event just for exhibitors.

This year sees an increased number of local food and drink outlets including Gourmet Baguettes, Café NiNi cream teas, Number 10 Bar, Nethergate Brewery, Good Food Army Ice Creams and M&Ms Hot Dogs.

There will be a number of motor services suppliers including GB Oils, Roach Classics and Norfolk Car Valeting.

Visitors to Lavenham are encouraged to come along to this additional attraction and owners and passengers of vehicles on display at Lavenham Classics are encouraged to sample the delights of Lavenham village!

The event is held on behalf of the Lavenham Community Council, a registered charity, that raises funds for various village causes (and which last year benefited from your support of Lavenham Classics through donations totalling £1,312).

For this year half of all profits made will go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service, the remainder for the benefit of the Lavenham Community Council.

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Lavenham Classics 2018 to support the East Anglian Air Ambulance

“We need to raise £11.5 million to sustain our life saving operation. With demand for our services greater than ever, we really couldn’t keep our, two H145 state-of-the-art, helicopters flying without the help of our local communities. We are delighted that the Lavenham Classics Cars Show for 2018 has chosen to support the East Anglian Air Ambulance this year.” states Ben Walker from EAAA.

Bruce Goddard adds: “Half of the profits from the Show will be donated to EAAA, with the other half going to the local Lavenham Community Council. With the Ambulance service so critical for the people of East Anglia, we are very happy to be supporting this excellent charity this year.”

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East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is a charity providing a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) for the people of East Anglia. Since our launch in 2000 we have attended over 22,000 lifesaving missions, touching the lives of many thousands of people.

Our mission of EAAA is to provide the best possible outcomes for people unfortunate enough to be involved in incidents or medical emergencies. The combination of advanced critical care on scene, a quick response time and rapid onward transfer can be vital in saving lives and improving patients’ prospects of making a full recovery. On average each mission costs in the region of £3,500.

Operating in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, EAAA are able to provide emergency medical services to a vast area. When necessary patients are flown to the most appropriate hospital for their needs; this is not always the nearest one, but the one that can provide the most appropriate specialist care.

EAAA is entirely dependent on donations and fundraising and receives no regular Government funding. “Together we save lives.”

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2018, will the sunshine last?

With a beautiful sunny day in 2017 helping to erase memories of down pours in previous years, fingers are crossed that this year’s show will enjoy the sunshine.

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The record temperatures in 2018 look to continue through into August and the latest forecast shows we may be get a wonderful Bank Holiday. We will keep you posted…

UK Outlook for Friday 3 Aug 2018 to Friday 17 Aug 2018:

Throughout this period it seems most likely that the weather pattern will very slowly evolve. The west of the UK is likely to see more in the way of breezier, cloudier conditions with some rain or showers at times, with these occasionally affecting other areas.

Elsewhere, especially further east, drier and more settled weather is expected to dominate, although with the ongoing risk of a few heavy showers or thunderstorms breaking out at times.

Temperatures remaining above average for most, with the potential for further spells of very warm or hot conditions, and possibly very hot at times in the south and east. Temperatures are likely to be often nearer normal in the west and northwest.

Updated: 03:19 on Thu 19 Jul 2018 BST

News from previous years

New charges explained

For many years the “Rare Breeds Motor Show” has been held in conjunction with the Village Carnival and has proven to be both a significant visitor attraction and a pleasurable venue for the exhibitors.

With no Carnival last year it seemed that the accompanying Motor Show would not take place either and indeed that was the situation until very recently.

Recognising the importance of the event to the village, a small number of volunteers have come forward and ensured that there will be a motor show this year, albeit on a smaller scale than previous years.

Now renamed as “Lavenham Classics” and held on August Bank Holiday Sunday at the recreation ground.

Without the Carnival providing the financial support, with very few offers of help and with no time to secure outside sponsorship it has been necessary, for the first time, to charge exhibitors. An unpopular (with exhibitors) decision but an unavoidable one.

Any proceeds from the event go, as in previous years, to the Lavenham Community Council.

Please contact Bruce Goddard should you either wish to know more or are willing to help on the day.