Seaham vintage car show is a roaring success

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PETROL heads enjoyed a parade of classic cars in the sunshine.

Scores of people visited Seaham seafront on Saturday to admire the vintage cars, camper vans, bikes and trikes.

Looking the part at Seaham's Classic and Performance Car Rally is Bob Hewison with his 1990 Lincoln Town Car.

Looking the part at Seaham's Classic and Performance Car Rally is Bob Hewison with his 1990 Lincoln Town Car.

Car show organiser, and manager of Lickety Split ice-cream parlour, Carl Thompson, said he was delighted with the turnout for the event.

“I am pleased with the number of cars that were here, and the range of them,” said Carl.

“A lot of people came down, which was great as well.”

This is the second year Carl, along with mum Cindy Betcher, owner of Lickety Split, has arranged the day, which aims to attract people to Seaham and help increase tourism in the area.

Arthur Hopgood pictured making sure his Beauford Grand Tourer keeps looking pristine in the sunshine at the seafront car show at Seaham.

Arthur Hopgood pictured making sure his Beauford Grand Tourer keeps looking pristine in the sunshine at the seafront car show at Seaham.

Father and son Arthur and Keith Hopgood, who own a wedding car hire business, said it is the first show of its kind that they had been to.

“We are really pleased we went along,” said Arthur, who showed a traditional Beauford, and Daimler car on the day.

“I enjoyed the nostalgia of all the old cars.”

Keith added: “It was the first time we had been to one of these shows, and we will definitely be going back.

Danielle Slade and Phillipa Harrion were telling everyone they were princesses who came from a land far away (actually, it was Hartlepool!). They were both from 'Make My Day Events' and were taking part in the Seaham classic car event.

Danielle Slade and Phillipa Harrion were telling everyone they were princesses who came from a land far away (actually, it was Hartlepool!). They were both from 'Make My Day Events' and were taking part in the Seaham classic car event.

“We have eight cars altogether, and who knows, we might take all of them next year. We only decided to go at 10pm the night before, but I’m really pleased we did.”

The vehicles on display on North Terrace Green included a Morgan AeroMax, worth around £110,000, cordoned off so people couldn’t touch it.

The automotives’ owners had the chance to win prizes including best camper van, best performance vehicle, and best in show.

“It is hard to pick a winner because it just comes down to personal taste in the end,” said Carl.