Car enthusiasts ‘prove a point’ with charity event

Clive and Amber Batten with their American-made Chrysler Cordova.
Clive and Amber Batten with their American-made Chrysler Cordova.
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A modified car enthusiast from Whaplode has been “blown away” by the success of his charity event in Spalding.

More than 450 models of vintage and modern vehicles were on display at Holland Market car park where hundreds of car enthusiasts met to raise money for Help for Heroes on Saturday.

Steve Parker shares some secrets of his Volkswagen Beetle with  Danny Bell.

Steve Parker shares some secrets of his Volkswagen Beetle with Danny Bell.

Organiser Thomas Cort (20) had the backing of police in Spalding and Michael Moran, UK representative for Holland Market owners Corbo Properties, despite previous complaints from people who have branded car enthusiasts as “boy racers.”

Thomas said: “It was an amazing night and I was shocked by the turnout which was a lot more than I expected.

“We went through everything we needed to do with the police and Michael Moran who gave us our full support and from what I’ve been told, the police officers on duty didn’t have to get their pocket books out once.

“A group of us went round clearing the whole site afterwards and I just appreciate everything that people did to donate money and behave themselves.

“It blew me away and proved a point that we’re not boy racers, but people who care about our community.”