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Record turnout for classic car run

A RECORD entry of 94 classic cars took part in the 16th annual Hardy Country Classic Tour around Dorset on Sunday, raising hundreds of pounds for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

On a warm, sunny day, the cars gathered for the start at Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, ahead of their 70-mile procession through some of the most spectacular countryside in the county.

The cars stopped for a leisurely picnic lunch in the beautiful grounds of Shillingstone House, home of Sir Michael and Lady Caroline Salt, near Blandford, before going on to finish at the Riviera Hotel, Bowleaze Coveway, near Weymouth.

There the cars, some more than 90 years old, were on static display for a couple of hours while the drivers and their passengers relaxed and enjoyed some well-earned refreshments.

The event was superbly organised by Transport of Yesteryear (Dorset), whose next major event will be their annual fun day out and classic car show, in aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, on Sunday June 28 at Chickerell, Weymouth.

IMG_2660 Healey IMG_2661 Ford Pop mongrel IMG_2662 Cortina IMG_2663 Morris IMG_2664 Morris IMG_2665 MGA

Bristol

Bristol

IMG_2667 Sunbeam Talbot

Lancia Monte Carlo

Lancia Monte Carlo

IMG_2669 MG TD IMG_2670 Sunbeam Alpine IMG_2671 R-Type Jag

Delage

Delage

1924 HE

1924 HE

IMG_2674 Vauxhall

Talbot

Talbot

IMG_2676 Vauxhall Cresta IMG_2678 MG TD IMG_2688 Spider IMG_2689 Austin A30 IMG_2690 Triumph TR3 IMG_2691 MG TD

Bowleaze Coveway

Bowleaze Coveway

The finishing point, The Riviera Hotel, at Bowleaze Coveway

The finishing point, The Riviera Hotel, at Bowleaze Coveway

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