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Heatwave continues for 11th Norfolk Classic Car Run

Tuesday 7 August 2018
The ever-popular classic car run took place this year on Saturday 4 August and attracted a record entry of 125 cars from the 1920’s up to the present.

The record high number of entries meant that parking at the Cathedral was tight. However, all 125 cars managed to fit in and everybody enjoyed some food and drinks in the Refectory before the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James presented his Car of the Day Trophy to Robin and Alison Green, owners of a superb 1938 Fiat Topolino.  

This year’s route was themed ‘Mills and Broads’ as the route wound its way into the heart of Broadland.

The cars left Norwich and made their first stop at North Burlingham. From there the route passed through Acle and continued to Runham Church, famous for appearing in ‘Some Mothers do ‘ave ‘em’ in the 1974 Christmas special. From there they passed Mautby Church and Thrigby Church, before arriving at Filby Church for the second stop and break for bacon rolls.

The route then passed Fleggburgh, the ruins of Billockby and Clippesby Churches before turning to Thurne and past its Church with lovely stained glass windows, before arriving at Thurne Mill.

Leaving Thurne behind, the route moved on past Repps with Bastwick Church, before third stop at Rollesby. St Margaret, Ormesby was the fourth designated stop before heading to Horsey Mere via Winterton and West Somerton.

St Mary's Church, Martham was the final destination and provided the place for the traditional 'Pit-Stop' service. This was Bishop Graham's last time with the Norfolk Classic Car Run and his final 'Pit-Stop Service'. Organisers Richard Mitchell and Maurice Gowen presented him with an engraved plaque to commemorate his patronage of the event.

Speaking about the event Richard said:

"Our thanks go to everybody who helped us in celebrating the 11th year of this wonderful event, everybody at Norwich Cathedral and the Diocese Office, all the parishioners at the Churches visited for refreshments and parking arrangements, The Lord Bishop for the start and 'Pit-Stop Service' and to our fellow car enthusiasts assisting with the start."  

All profits from the event are kindly donated to Norwich Cathedral and the Diocese of Norwich Churches Trust.

Next year’s event is provisionally for Saturday 3 August 2019. The route will cover 66 miles through Breckland.

Further details will be available in early January 2019 or you can email norfolkopenchurchesrun@hotmail.com. Please get your car entries in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.