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Great day for motoring enthusiasts

Sunday, 2nd August 2015 sees the annual Festival of Classic and Sports Cars, which will take place in the grounds of Helmingham Hall, near Stowmarket in the heart of Suffolk.

Held in association with the Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club (SVEC), over 700 cars will be on show, parading along the main driveway of the stunning 15th century moated hall and delighting an audience of around 5,000 as they go.

A highlight in the car enthusiast’s calendar, the festival is also a fundraiser for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and raised £4,500 for the charity in 2014.

Lord Tollemache, owner of Helmingham Hall and a patron of EACH looks forward to the event each year, which combines raising money for a cause close to his heart and his love of vintage motor cars, “This year’s event is a bit special as I will be reunited with my old car, a Gordon Keeble, which I owned in the 1960s and I’m very much looking forward to it” he says. “More importantly though, the event will raise awareness of the work that is done in the three children’s hospices run by EACH and will raise much needed funds to keep this valuable work going.”
Over ten decades of motoring will be represented at the festival, with cars ranging from a 1914 Ford Model T, to the latest models from Ferrari and Porche. Some of Britain’s finest cars will also be on show, including marques such as Bristol, Jensen, Lanchester and many more.

The festival will be a lovely day out for the whole family, with Little Rovers (mini Land Rovers) for children to drive, fairground stalls, over 40 trade and craft stalls and birds of prey flying demonstrations.

The Suffolk Pheonix Brass Band and Itchy Feet will provide live music and the Chocks Away Dance Troupe will be dancing throughout the day showing off their skills in Jive, Swing and Lindy Hop and plenty of local food and drink will be on offer too.

The Festival of Classic and Sports Cars is on from 10am until 5pm and admission is £8 for adults, £4 for children and £20 for a family of four. Tickets are available on the gate (cash only) or in advance by phoning Telephoning 01473 890799.

• Festival of Classic and Sports Cars takes place at Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF. For more information visit www.helmingham.com

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