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Classic Car Show and Autojumble Sunday 16th August 2015
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Our Nominated Charities

The 2015 Classic Car Show & Autojumble will raise money for Cranleigh Lions' local projects and the following charities:

Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled Group

Cranleigh RDA Group enables people with disabilites to ride or carriage drive to benefit their health and well being and to achieve their goals.

Fountain Cancer Centre

Fountain Cancer Centre is a charity for cancer patients, their families and carers located in the St Luke's cancer unit at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford.

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care providing supportive and end of life care for adult patients and families affected by cancer or other serious progressive illnesses, in West Surrey and North East Hampshire.

Rowleys Centre for the Community

Rowleys Centre for the Community is a lifeline community service providing a comfortable and sociable environment for the residents of Cranleigh and the surrounding villages.

Shooting Star Chase

Shooting Star Chase is a leading children's hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

Surrey Search & Rescue

Surrey Search & Rescue is a 100% voluntary specialist search team which helps the emergency services find missing vulnerable adults and children.

Show Sponsors

Cranleigh Lions would like to thank the following businesses, who are supporting the 2015 Classic Car Show & Autojumble

01483 273767

Coops Insurance
0208 641 3131

Dorking Service Centre
01306 747050

Jordans Car Storage
0800 917 7544

PMA Motor Factors
01483 276099

TM Motors
0208 941 4044

Wings & Wheels

WinSpeed Motorsport
01483 537706

Classic Car Show & Autojumble
Sunday 16th August 2015

We've counted the money - and we're still in shock!!

If you were at this year's classic car show you'll probably agree that it felt quite a bit busier. Nevertheless, none of the Cranleigh Lions' members were prepared for the amount we made on the day.

Our previous record of £21,000 was five years ago and rising costs of putting on the show have reduced our profits. So we had a bit of a push to boost the profits from one of the biggest one day charity classic car shows in south-east England.

BSA Bantams lined up at the Cranleigh Lions Classic Car Show. Courtesy Mike Bryant

This included getting some help from TV's "Wheeler Dealer" Mike Brewer. The announcement of Mike's presence three weeks before the car show boosted the number of classic vehicles registering and we had to close registration at a showground bursting 2,100 vehicles.

Once again we had perfect classic car viewing weather, dry, warm and calm, despite wind and rain during the week before and the week after. Classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes started arriving from 7am and with a bit of a squeeze we got them all in. It's impossible to know exactly how many vehicles attended during the day, nevertheless we had the most we've seen on the showground so must have been close to the 2,000 mark.

Mike Brewer immersed himself into the show and spent all day either in the arena, talking to classic car enthusiasts, having his photo taken or autographing various items. There's no doubt Mike made a big difference to the profit the classic car show made and we are very grateful to Mike, Michelle and Chloe Brewer for giving their time freely and with so much enthusiasm.

Mike Brewer in the arena at the Cranleigh Lions Classic Car Show. Courtesy Mike Bryant

The show was busy from early on, with large crowds watching the Brooklands Museum Trust arena displays and the demonstration by the Cranleigh Fire Service and St John Ambulance where a driver is extracted from a car involved in a road traffic accident.

We had a time lapse camera set up from Saturday morning through to Sunday evening, which produced the fascinating video below.

In addition to many interesting vehicles, Brooklands also had Allen and Ian, ambassadors for the Bloodhound SSC project on their stand. The project aims to run a car at over 1,000mph in 2016, however the primary drive for the project is to show that science, mathematics and engineering has a practical and fun side and inspire the next generation. This has been achieved with a series of brilliant presentations at schools and colleges, supported by attending events such as car shows and backed up by an informative website and lots of communication by email and social media.

There was an auction for a ride in a DAM4100 group B rally car, the evolution of an Austin Rover Metro 6R4 from the 1980's, which also made a couple of appearances in the arena. Lighter and faster than the 6R4, the auction was for a run at speed up the runway at Dunsfold Park at the Wings & Wheels event a few weeks later. You can see one of the runs in the video below.

So how much did we make? Well, we sold all the raffle tickets, we sold most of the show guides and we had far more people through the public gate than we've had before.

We're delighted to announce that the profit for the show is in the region of £29,000. Donations have been made to each of the six charities the classic car show supported this year; Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled Group, The Fountain Cancer Centre, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, Rowleys Centre for the Community, Shooting Star Chase and Surrey Search & Rescue. The remainder of the profit will be used by the Cranleigh Lions over the next twelve months to help individuals, families and other charitable organisations that need our assistance.

Our classic car show is a huge event and we need a lot of help on the day to make sure it runs smoothly. We are very grateful to the nominated charities who helped on the Sunday and the family and friends of the Cranleigh Lions who give up their time to help, not only on Sunday, also on the Friday and Saturday.

A big thank you also to the clubs and classic car owners without whom we wouldn't have a show. We've received lots of compliments about this year's show, so all in all it has been a fantastic success

The 2016 show will be on Sunday 14th August 2016 at the Cranleigh Showground. You'll be able to book stall space early in 2016 and club and individual vehicle registration will be open after Easter.