Bexhill 100 Motoring Club has given away £2,000 to four good causes.
The Club did not enjoy the best of weather for its Classic Car Show on the August bank holiday Monday this year but a lot of hard work and the presence of celebrity Mike Brewer, combined with the profits from the popular Anglo/French Market, enabled the Club to help the charities.
The money was shared between St Michael’s Hospice; Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance; the Golden Marigold Club and Demelza House Children’s Hospice.
Show organiser Tom Mason said: “The weather on the day of the Car Show looked daunting, following a thunder storm the night before, and we were hoping and praying that we did not get a repeat of last year’s show, when it rained heavily all day long.
“A big thank you should go to television personality Mike Brewer, from Wheeler Dealers who opened the show and was kind enough to spend the whole day with us chatting to visitors and commentating when selected cars were driven in the display area.
“Unfortunately, the bad weather meant that the profits were down on what we were hoping for, but the amount we are able to present to our four nominated charities has been boosted by profits from the Anglo/French Markets which took place in May and September of this year.”
The money was handed to the charities at a presentation evening held in Bexhill on September 26.
It is believed that Bexhill was one of the first places in Great Britain to ever hold a motor race meeting.
The Bexhill 100 Club held its first Festival of Motoring on the May Bank Holiday of 1990, the same month that Bexhill hosted the Motor Races in 1902.
It featured hundreds of vehicles and an estimated crowd of 25,000-30,000 people. In subsequent years it has attracted crowds of 80,000-100,000 over the festival weekend.
Bexhill 100 Club took over the running of the popular continental street market in Bexhill, which takes over Devonshire Road for a day in May and September and usually has more than 50 stalls.
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