Over 500 classic vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, lorries, buses and military vehicles will take part in the 49th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run on Sunday 5th May. The vehicles assemble in Christchurch Park, Ipswich ready for the parade which leaves at 11.00, travelling to Felixstowe via Colchester Road, Heath Road, Bixley Road and then past the Suffolk Showground through the Trimley villages to the promenade in Felixstowe.
Unusual participants include seven Sinclair C5 tricycles, a Cadillac Miller-Meteor Hearse of 1971 vintage and a 1904 Stanley Steam car. Ipswich Transport Museum will be displaying a newly restored 1965 Scammell Scarab Mechanical Horse, originally operated by R&W Paul. There will be a contingent from The 493rd Debach Airfield Museum with a selection of 1940’s military hardware, around 25 assorted buses and coaches, a display of classic camper vans, hundreds of classic cars and an array of historic motorcycles.
Hundreds of onlookers are expected to gather along the route to Felixstowe, which is free to watch in Ipswich, Felixstowe and en route. Vehicles will arrive in Christchurch Park from around 08.30. The first vehicles are expected to line up on Felixstowe Promenade from around 12.00. The Mayors of Ipswich and Felixstowe will also be in attendance.
Rally organiser Peter Cansick, who is co-ordinating the event, said ‘this is a very rewarding event for us at the museum as well as the many participants in the rally and the general public who enjoy the spectacle. We hope thousands of people will come along and enjoy a nostalgic and enjoyable day out’.
Museum officials are hoping for good weather as the event is one of the busiest days of the year for Felixstowe’s sea front traders, and brings thousands of visitors to Christchurch Park.