GREAT BALLS OF FIRE: Thrills and spills at au­toshow

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

THOU­SANDS of car en­thu­si­asts en­joyed a fun-packed day at the Uxbridge Au­toshow at Mid­dle­sex Show­ground. Visi­tors could see vintage and spe­cial­ist ve­hi­cles up close in­clud­ing com­mer­cial and mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, and vintage Lon­don taxis.

Moto Stunts In­ter­na­tional per­formed an ar­ray of stunts in­clud­ing two-wheel driv­ing, wheelie and Jeep roll-overs and trick rid­ing on quad bikes and mo­tor­cy­cles with high speed crossovers.

David Brown, who looks af­ter the web­site for the show, said: “It has evolved into a more fam­ily ori­ented event.

“You no longer have to love cars to en­joy your­self at the show and the at­ten­dance fig­ures are show­ing that, es­pe­cially when the weather is good.”

The Bar­clays Char­ity Mar­quee again played home to Hilling­don based char­i­ties in­clud­ing Hilling­don Shop­mo­bil­ity, the lo­cal RSPCA, Hilling­don Autis­tic Care & Sup­port, Life Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tres Hilling­don, Men­cap Hilling­don South, Ju­bilee Pool, Hare­field Hos­pi­tal, Hilling­don Brain Tu­mour Group, Michael So­bell Hos­pice and So­cial Ac­tiv­i­ties Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis.

Ni­cholas Smith, Bar­clays lo­cal com­mu­nity man­ager, said: “We are de­lighted to be able to sup­port this key lo­cal event each year and raise so much money for our lo­cal com­mu­nity thanks to Uxbridge Ro­tary Club for pro­vid­ing us with this op­por­tu­nity.”

Hilling­don mayor Cllr Ge­orge Cooper pre­sented awards in­clud­ing Car of the Show won by Jeff Simp­son with a 1948 Model MG Y Type and the Mid­dle­sex Show Cup won by Derrick El­liott with a 1940 Ford 5 Win­dow Opera Coupe.

The Au­toshow took place on Sun­day July 19.

n AWARD: Ro­tary dis­trict gover­nor Fred King, pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of Uxbridge Mike Crane, car show win­ner Jeff Simp­son and mayor of Hilling­don Ge­orge Cooper

n HIGH FLYER: Stunts per­formed at the Au­toshow arena. Be­low, The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion March­ing Band

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