Some classy classic cars

Ted Newbould (right) has been in all the Manchester to Blackpool car runs since the first one in 1963.
Ted Newbould (right) has been in all the Manchester to Blackpool car runs since the first one in 1963.
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There will certainly be some eye-catching cars across the Fylde coast this weekend.

And with careful planning you should be able to get to see these wonderful marques at close quarters at two locations several miles apart.

The 51st annual Manchester to Blackpool Car Run makes its way to the resort on Sunday, while a few miles away the Cleveleys Classic Car Show takes over the town centre on the same day.

The Manchester run, organised by the world’s oldest motoring organisation, the Lancashire Automobile Club, starts at Worsley Old Hall around 9am, with every participant expected to arrive at the finishing point in Stanley Park’s Italian Gardens from 1.45pm onwards.

Many of the cars that took part in the original run in 1963 are now in museums, although fortunately for the army of spectators who have loyally supported the annual spectacle over the years, there are those owners who believe cars are there to be driven.

Local cars include Radio Wave boss John Barnett’s 1968 Jaguar E type and Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s 1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud driven by fun park director David Cam.

But look out for Ted Newbould, from Preston, in his 1926 Austin Iver. Ted has entered every year in this same car –and finished!

A 17-minute feature about the first run, originally shot on 8mm film, can be viewed on You Tube by putting the words “Manchester to Blackpool Vintage Car Rally 1963” in the search bar.

Meanwhile, across the boundary in Wyre this year’s Cleveleys show, sponsored by Chris Allen Garages and Chorley Group Blackpool, is being staged earlier than last summer’s event.

Victoria Road West will be closed to traffic from the junction with Nutter Road to the roundabout adjacent to the Plaza at the seafront, from 8am to 5pm. Kings Road, Slater Road, Bispham Road and Princess Road will also be closed to traffic for the event as vehicle displays and attractions will be placed there.

The free show opens at 11am with results of judging and presentation of awards from 3.45pm.

Visitors will find every type of car from classic to sports, as well as and motorbikes, commercial and special vehicles.

There will also be music and entertainment, including salsa dancing, and side stalls.

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