300 classic cars rolls up for Burton Agnes Hall show

HUNDREDS of classic car enthusiasts descended on Burton Agnes Hall over the weekend for the first classic car show to be held at the stately home in more than 17 years.

The Yorkshire gathering of the Cambridge and Oxford Owners Club (COOC) was held in the grounds of the hall to mark the 20th anniversary of the club.

Steve Turner, national secretary and Yorkshire secretary of the COOC, said: "This is the first time we have been at Burton Agnes and we do intend to go there again next year. Burton Agnes is the biggest venue we have ever had and this is the first time we have been able to organise such a comprehensive event."

According to Mr Turner, more than 300 cars rolled up on the day to make it the largest ever Yorkshire gathering to date.

"The most we have ever had before was about eight or nine years ago at the Air Museum in Elvington when we had about 170 cars. We expected we would have a large turn-out this time because it's the first time there has been a classic car show at Burton Agnes for about 17 years," Mr Turner added.

Members of the East Riding Tractor and Engine Club, Bridlington and Wolds Morris Minor Club, Riley Motor Club, Wolseley Register and the Harrogate MG Club were all invited to attend the event.

The club raised 850 for Marie Curie Cancer Care by holding a raffle, charging for late entries on the day, guess the weight of the cake and guess the name of the teddy bear competitions, and a balloon race with owner of the hall, Simon Cunliffe-Lister, releasing the balloons.

"Every year we do it for a charity, but we have never ever raised as much money as we did at the weekend," said Mr Turner.

The COOC Yorkshire area group meet at the Middleton Arms, near Malton, from 8pm on the second Monday of every month.

All classic and vintage owners are welcome to join. For further information contact Steve Turner, tel (01653) 693183.

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