A dull dank day did not stop thousands of spectators pouring on to Harpenden Common for Classics on the Common 2017, organised by Rotary in Harpenden.
This year, to help relieve some of the congestion of previous years, cars were allowed to arrive from 11am. Harpenden Town Council and the police were very supportive and around 400 owners took advantage of the offer.
A Stanley Steamer from 1916, the 1924 Rolls Royce Ghost and an Austin 7 Chummy were among the nearly 900 vehicles that rolled on to the common for the show.
Throughout the day an electric TESLA X gave us a cabaret, flapping her wings to music and attracting huge attention. A Nissan Leaf was also a crowd puller.
Richard Young, the Rotary in Harpenden event manager, said,
‘Despite the damp conditions, our owners and exhibitors once again made this a special event, one that is so close to the hearts of Harpenden people. May I thank most sincerely all the volunteers who put so much into making it a success. I would also like to thank Harpenden Town Council and the police for their help in allowing early entry on to the common. It really made a difference.
‘Our spectators were immensely generous: we will be distributing the proceeds to Luton, South Beds and Harpenden Samaritans, Prostate Cancer UK, Hope & Homes for Children, Herts Young Homeless and other good causes.’
CLASSIC CAR SHOW SCORES ANOTHER RUNAWAY SUCCESS
For the 23rd year crowds spilled in their thousands on to Harpenden Common at the end of July to view the spectacular array of 1200 classic cars, scooters and motorbikes at Classics on the Common. This was the ninth show to be organised by Rotary in Harpenden, the charity arm of Harpenden Village Rotary Club.
Event manager Liz Jack described the event as ‘a truly amazing day. I am so very proud of the effort and enthusiasm of all our members and the army of volunteers who made it happen. This is one of the major events in the classics calendar. But we see it also as a huge event for the local community where some 10,000 happy people and their children can enjoy classic cars in a wonderful setting. It helps to raise the profile of the town and Rotary, as well as substantial funds for charity.’
Last year, in just hours, Rotary in Harpenden raised more than £33,000 for local, children’s, national and international charities. We are hoping this year’s show will have raised a similar figure.
The organisers are very grateful to the management of Fairview New Homes Limited for allowing parking facilities on the site of the former Harpenden House Hotel during Classics on the Common this year.