Hundreds of vehicles all set to go on show at annual Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake

Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake at Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care on Sunday.

Hundreds of eye-catching cars and motorcycles are set to line up by the lake and help raise funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake, at Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin, returns for its ninth year on Sunday and organisers hope it will be the biggest and best event yet.

More than 650 vehicles, ranging from pre-war classics to motorcycles and present day sports cars, will be on display, while visitors will also be able to enjoy trade stalls, crafts as well as food and refreshments, entertainment for the children plus live broadcasting by BBC Radio Suffolk.

The day, which is hosted by Andrew and Gina Long, of Hall Farm, is organised by Austin Cornish supported by the Classic Car Committee and its president Max Milburn.

Andrew Long said: “Having founded Classic Cars by the lake with my wife Gina nine years ago, we marvel at the fantastic event it has become, thanks to Austin Cornish and the brilliant organising committee. We are delighted to be opening Hall Farm to a loyal following of car and motorcycle exhibitors and clubs. The cars and bikes really are the stars of the show and the number of entries this year has surpassed all our hopes.

“We think this year’s Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake will be the best yet and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the event on September 2.”

Throughout the event, which is sponsored for the second time by solicitors Ashtons Legal and Ensors Chartered Accountants, a team of 20-strong judges will join visitors viewing the fantastic array of stunning vehicles, selecting the best in each category to receive awards.

This year the show’s organisers are also looking forward to welcoming Rick Parfitt Jnr, the son of legendary Status Quo guitarist the late Rick Parfitt OBE.

Attending the show with his Bentley GT3 Race Car, which is sponsored by local company Orbital Foods; throughout the day, Rick Jnr will be answering questions and exhibiting his car.

Having won many accolades in his racing career, including over 20 podiums, Rick Jnr is the reigning British GT Champion and was the first driver to win both GT4 and GT3 titles.

He is also the frontman of the UK’s most successful corporate band the RPJ Band and the creative director of the R&R Agency, a world-class event entertainment agency that supplies entertainment globally.

George Chilvers, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s community fundraising manager, said: “Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake is always a wonderful event, enjoyed not only by car enthusiasts but all members of the family. The funds it raises make a big difference to our work supporting people facing long-term and life-threatening illnesses. We are so grateful to everyone who supports the event, the committee who drive everything forward, our sponsors and of course everyone who comes along on the day to enjoy the event.”

Tickets for the show, which can be bought at the gate on the day, cost £8 for adults and £5 for children (children under 10 go free).

Family tickets (two adults and two children) can also be purchased for £20. Visitors will be able to enjoy the show from 11am-4.30pm.

For more information on the show, you can visit www.stnicholashospice.org.uk/fundraising-events/classic-and-sports-cars-by-the-lake/

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