SIX splendid cars from a bygone era aim to prove they are still very much part of the present with a 300-mile charity run from East Sussex to West Yorkshire next month.
Their owners are all members of the Bexhill Classic Car Association, though two hail from Rye and it was outside the Sue Ryder charity shop in High Street, Rye, that they assembled this week prior to their intended journey north over the period Thursday, May 10 to Monday, May 14.
Due to make the journey are a brace of Armstrong-Siddeleys, a Morris Minor, a Renault Estafette van, a Datsun and a Humber Super Snipe, all of which are pre-1972 vintage.
Keith Robinson, who helped found the BCCA some six years ago, said: “In the past we have supported the Irvine Unit at Bexhill Hospital, but this year our chosen charity is Sue Ryder Care and it is to the charity’s home at Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, that we’ll be driving.”
Sue Ryder Care, named after Baroness Ryder, the late wife of Leonard Cheshire, himself founder of a charity to provide homes caring for disabled people, provides compassionate care to those with end-of-life and long-term needs.
Keith said: “We’ve had great support from the Bull Inn at Glyne Gap, where the association meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and we’re hoping others will back Sue Ryder Care with donations in recognition of our trip.
“At the same time, six classic cars from Stirling, Scotland, will be journeying south to rendezvous with us in Yorkshire, so we hope that this, too, will help raise both the profile of the charity and much needed funds for the work it does to help those in need.”