One Rotary Northampton will hold the first ever Classic Car 100 Rally to raise funds for the Northampton Hope Center and other charities

Many interesting cars have already been registered, including Jaguars and Bentleys

One Rotary Northampton is set to hold its first-ever Classic Car 100 rally, raising money for charity through a mutual love of cars that, in some cases, date back a century.

The event, which is free to enter, welcomes donations to the many charities that One Rotary Northampton has supported for many years. These include the Northampton Hope Centre, The Lowdown and performing arts organisations.

Robin Green, the driving force behind the event, said it will be a chance to get people out after the lockdowns, enjoy classic cars and the Northamptonshire countryside.

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He said: “There are a number of local car enthusiasts and we chose the date to be early in the season so people can come out of a long lockdown and get out to get together.

“We were going to do it last year, but with Covid-19 we had to cancel. So it just happens to coincide with Rotary Northampton’s centenary, happening this year. They’re having a separate celebration for that.

“What we’re trying to do is just have a general meeting for all the car enthusiasts in or around Northampton so they can see each other’s cars because that’s what they love. To do.

“There will be a large tour for people who want to take a nice scenic tour of the county and there will also be a static display for those who want a more relaxed experience and socialize.

“We are very lucky to live in a scenic area and have almost finalized the itinerary.”

In another twist, the event also coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Austin 7, a car that was the predecessor to the modern Mini, which will make a big appearance.

It will be driven by a man who is only a few years the same age, named Brian Norrey, who made headlines in July 2021 after becoming the oldest person to abseil down the lift tower of Northampton at the age of 90.

Robin Green said he hopes the event will both raise money for “great people for great causes” and share the spirit of Rotary with more potential members in the future.

He said: “We’ve been supporting the Hope Center and others for years and hope to raise a few bobs again for worthy causes.

“We support local people where we can actually see the benefits. We all do hands-on volunteering, so it’s not just checkbook volunteering.

“I hope it will be a success and give us the opportunity to meet future members.”

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