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.