Engaging Top Gear to Raise Charity Funds Cowley Classic Car Show
Oxford Isis Rotary Club’s ninth annual Cowley Classic Car Show on 14 August saw around 300 vehicles on display: mostly cars but also vans, trucks, army vehicles and motor bikes.
Whilst the vehicles are the stars of the show, there was plenty for all the family to enjoy on a sunny Sunday. In the main arena a display by the RAF Brize Norton Police dog team was followed by a fun dog show and then a performance by the Strawberry Fayre Majorettes. At the end of the afternoon the winning cars in the eleven “Best in Show” categories paraded around the arena.
A bright sunny day on Wednesday 10 August saw a record number of pre 1988 vehicles assembled in the grounds of the Mermorial Centre, Gerrards Cross. For the eighth successive year, Gerrards Cross & Chalfont St Peter Rotary Club joined forces to organise the event with the Abbeyfield Gerrards Cross Society and the Gerrards Cross Community Association; all proceeds to local charities
There was live music from a Big Band and plenty of stalls selling all sorts of things. For children there was a zoo with lots of small animals that could be both seen and touched, plus a range of fairground rides and electric go-karts.
Vintage buses gave free rides around Oxford and the Sporting Bears charity offered rides in the ‘car of your dreams’. Their exotic cars included a Ferrari, Aston Martin, TVR, Jaguars, and a selection of “muscle” cars.
First indications are that last year’s total of £6000 for charity will be exceeded. Planning is already underway for next year’s show which will be on 13 August.
More Classic Cars at Gerrards Cross
With a wide variety of vehicles, plus facepainting,,book stalls, ice creams and other refreshments, there was something for everyone. President John Lomas declared it “The Biggest and most successful Classic Car Show ever! 135 cars were exhibited and 350 members of the general public attended. Thanks to all who helped raise in excess of £2k for local charities.What a Great Day!!!!!”
President Alicia Goodey welcomes Oxford’s Lord Mayor to the Cowley Classic Autoshow
Gerrards Cross President John Lomas enjoying the Morris Dance music
Quacking good fun at Thatcham!
Despite some wayward ducks, either going the wrong way or colliding into the river banks, the winners were declared without the need for a stewards enquiry!
July 17 saw the The Great Thatcham Duck Race off to a Quacking start in the gardens of the Rowbarge Pub at Woolhampton.
Thousands of plastic ducks were poured into the River Kennet by the town’s Mayor Ellen Crumly, Deputy Mayor Nathan Gregory and many rotarians from Thatcham Rotary Club. Please note no animals were hurt during the race!
This is Thatcham R/C third duck race and is fast becoming a firm favourite with the local community. Apart from a fun day out for all the family, the event raised nearly £3,000 profit.
Club President Kamal Bahia commented on the success of the event “Even the weather was kind and a proportion of the proceeds will go to a new Renal Dialysis Unit at the local community hospital, together with other local charities
and a contribution to Rotary’s worldwide campaign to End Polio Now.”
Thatcham Rotary Club is busy planning its next event – The Great Thatcham Fun Run on Sunday December 18th.
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