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Classic cars roar into Sunderland

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FANS of classic cars were revved up for an annual celebration of all things petrol powered.

Vintage motors from down the ages were on show on the seafront in Seaburn yesterday.

More than 250 cars pulled up at the get-together, organised by Sunderland and District Classic Vehicle Society.

Chairman Ian Davison, from Ryhope, said the yearly show welcomed car owners from as far away as Nottingham.

One of the oldest cars at the 18th annual event was a green Austin Seven from the 1920s.

But Ian added: “We haven’t really got an age limit - cars can be new, as long as they are different or special.”

Steve Maddison, 43, from Wingate in County Durham, had the best view of the show field, from the roof of his 50-year-old VW Camper Van.

“I’m just really into old cars,” he said, “and it is great for when you go away camping.”

Colin Jarvis, who runs a hairdressing salon in Sunderland city centre, brought along his 48-year-old Ford Cortina, topped off with a replica of a prop from classic British comedy, Carry on Cabby.

The 1.3 litre car’s roof-top Glam Cabs sign was made by Pinewood Studios and is one of just 13 in the world.

Colin said: “I come here every year. I also drive it to work if the weather’s good.

“It’s got a radio, but I’ve had a CD player fitted and I only play 60s music when I’m driving it.”

 

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