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Bumper trade as car show packs seafront

RED HOT: The Firefighters’ Race Team with fans
RED HOT: The Firefighters’ Race
Team with fans

ORGANISERS of a classic car show were in top gear for this year’s event, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first Herne Bay speed trials. More than 300 vintage vehicles were parked along the seafront – where the original trials took place in 1924 – and up to 10.000 fans turned out to admire them.


The event was organised by Herne Bay Town Partners and also featured retro music including sets from The Electric Beatles, The Crooner and Mel Harris while The Steamboat Jazz Band played at the pier entrance. Gideon Scott, spokesman for Herne Bay Town Partners, said:

“The seafront was absolutely packed from Lane End to the Diver’s Arms and exhibitors came from all parts of Kent as well as London and neighbouring counties as they regard the Herne Bay Car Show as one of best around. We were delighted with the huge attendance as once again we were able to showcase exactly what Herne Bay has to oiler both residents as well as visitors to the town. Town Partners work closely with other local organisations to stage all types of events which as well as entertaining the public, also help the local economy by bringing people to the town. Most of the seafront businesses reported bumper trading on Sunday. We are on a roll In Herne Bay and there is still so much more to come this summer. We are all proud of Home Bay and it is certainly the place to come over the coming months.”

Among the exhibitors was the Fire Fighters’ Race Team, featuring the Mini Cooper built and raced by Dave Franks from Herne Bay fire station. There was also a food market and a craft market on the prom as well as retro stalls and children’s entertainment. The event was sponsored by local businesses Hadfield & Co Solicitors, Wilbee & Sons and The Divers Arms plus a grant from Herne Bay Area Members’ Panel.

Herne Bay Gazette, June 25th 2014

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