More than 4,000 visitors took advantage of the Autumn sunshine on Sunday 20 September to admire the wonderful assortment of vehicles on show at St Christopher’s Classic Car Show at Tripes Farm, Orpington.
This year the event was bigger than ever; with a maximum capacity of 450 pre-war and post-war vehicles on display. The impeccably presented vehicles were impressive for amateur and serious car enthusiasts alike: ranging from gleaming sports cars, luxury American saloon cars, classic and modified cars, through to motorbikes and public buses. Plenty more amazing cars were also parked in the public car park, as many more classic car owners applied to take part than the organisers could accommodate.
A central arena featured a succession of displays from car clubs across London and the South East. A wide selection of stalls kept the crowds refreshed, including a barbecue, beer tent and a popular selection of street foods. Stalls also sold fruit and vegetables from a local farm, gifts and raffle tickets. There was also children’s entertainment including a ride-on jeep arena for children and a bouncy castle assault course which was extremely popular with young families.
Visitor numbers were higher than the previous year, and once all the monies have been totalled, St Christopher’s estimates that the event will have raised over £20,000 to help St Christopher’s to keep providing specialist palliative care and family care services free of charge to the local community.
Sarah Coughtrie, fundraiser at St Christopher’s says, “This is only the third year of our standalone Classic Car Show but we are thrilled that it has grown year on year. The Classic Car community has really embraced our event, and it’s wonderful that so many people joined us for a great day out and helped us to raise money for our vital services at the same time.”
“We’d also like to say a special thank you to Orpington Crofton, Langley Park and Beckenham rotary clubs, Bromley Volunteer Police Cadets, 101 Penge Army Cadet Unit, Gap Group Hire Solutions, Nationwide Building Society and all our fantastic volunteers such as Chris Pecover, Keith Heard and Brian Yells, who give so much of their time to help make our event such a tremendous success. Thank you!”