Burnham-On-Sea Motor Club has hailed its annual tour of Somerset a big success after it raised a great sum for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
This year’s 60-mile Andy Simm Memorial Classic Tour took place over the summer and the total raised has this week been announced.
The club’s Kris Puddy told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The figures are in from the classic tour we did in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air ambulance and we managed to raise a whopping £1,100!”
“That’s the most we have ever raised for them from the event.”
“We couldn’t have done it without Mary Parker and her staff from the Abbey tea rooms who donated their time for free and also donated £340’s worth of breakfast for all the entrants.”
“She, like a lot of people, have a great respect for the work the air ambulance does and like to support them as and when we can – you never know if they will need to help you or someone you know. This year she donated all 90 breakfasts and drinks to the event, which is just amazing.”
“The tour consisted of a 60-mile route through amazing tight, twisty, tree covered and hilly roads of Somerset, driving through a ford, then heading into Wiltshire to see castle ruins and lots of other places of interest.”
“The finish venue changes each year and this year it was at the Farrington Park Golf Club in Farrington Gurney for a roast lunch and refreshments.”
Cars on the day ranged from two twin-engine Mini’s, Porsches, Fords, MG’s, Triumphs, TVR’s, Mercedes, Austin’s, Rovers and more, and over 40 cars made it.
“Sadly we had to say goodbye to one of our committee members who has done the amazing routes for the last few years as he and his family are following their dream of moving to Scotland. They have definitely helped to make the event what it is today and their input will be missed.”
“In true classic tour style, all the entrants are really friendly and love to show off their prides and joys to the others,” adds Kris.
Burnham-On-Sea Motor Club has been raising money for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance for several years with all proceeds from the event going to the charity.
“You don’t have to be a member to do it – it’s open to anyone with a classic or sports car. We usually hold the event in July, but due to the restrictions not being lifted until later than expected this year, we had to postpone it until August.”
For more information on the club, visit www.bosmotorclub.co.uk