Historic vehicle rally raises another £2,000 for Yorkshire cancer charity

Our sponsorship of the annual Bradford to Morecambe Historic Vehicle Run has once again helped the event to raise around £2,000 for Cancer Support Yorkshire (formerly Cancer Support Bradford and Airedale). 

Held on 11th September, the rally was again organised by founder Gerry Watson and has been supported by us for the last 16 years.  This year’s event saw more than 100 classic cars of all types and ages embarking on the 130 mile round trip from Bradford to Morecambe where vehicles assembled for a grand display on the promenade before returning to Yorkshire.   

Now in its 28th year, the rally started as a humble cycle race in the 1950s and has developed into a one day nostalgic extravaganza for classic car enthusiasts, attracting thousands of visitors to the seaside town. Among the oldest vehicles taking part this year was a 1932 two seater Riley 9; a 1932 Vauxhall Cadet Cabriolet; and a 1952 Jowett van plus a 1953 Jowett Javelin which has been entered in the vehicle run every year and has been owned by one owner since new! 

Event founder and organiser Gerry Watson said: “The rally seems to become more popular every year.  We were fortunate to have a lovely sunny day and once again had a fantastic turnout of enthusiasts keen to display their vintage vehicles as well as lots of people coming along to enjoy the sight of these beautiful classic cars.  Many thanks to JCT600 for their continued support and to everyone involved.”

All proceeds are once again being donated to Cancer Support Yorkshire with the event having raised over £10,500 for the charity over the last five years.  The independent charity helps thousands of people, every year, with the practical and emotional issues caused by a cancer diagnosis.  Our chairman Jack Tordoff has been a patron for over nine years. 

Linda Enderby, fundraiser, said: “We rely on donations and proceeds from events such as the Historic Vehicle Run, so we are very grateful to be the chosen charity again this year.  The money we receive goes directly to help local people and their families whose lives are affected by cancer.  All of our services are free, but that’s only possible because people like Jack and Gerry continue to support us.” 

Added: 28 October 2016

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