'We're blown away' - Classic car show visits care home after roadworks setback

Aerial view of packed car park

The car park was full of classic cars. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Care home residents in Ipswich have had their own personal classic car show - after a mix-up led to them missing an annual rally.

Henley House care home, in Henley Road, takes an annual trip to the Ipswich to Felixstowe classic car run, but after a route change due to roadworks, the residents missed the rally.

After reaching out to organisers and classic car group, East Coast Retros, a classic car show was brought directly to the doorsteps of the residents on Saturday (May 21).

Joan and Grace are both residents of Henley House care home

Joan Marsden and Grace are both residents of Henley House care home. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Organiser and member of East Coast Retros, Hannah Carpenter, said that as soon as the group found out about the mix-up they wanted to help out: “They put them in a mini-bus and got them up there, and they sat there for an hour and in that time, they only got to see three vehicles. 

“It became apparent afterwards that the route had changed this year and they weren’t aware, so unfortunately, they missed it. 

“Normally the route stays the same but this year due to roadworks it had to be changed. 

“I’ve got a couple of friends that work at the care home and one of them contacted me and said would you be able to bring one of the cars down to the home because residents are so disappointed. 

Mike and Hannah Carpenter of East Coast Retros, with Lynn Andrews and Laura Biggs from the care home

Mike and Hannah Carpenter of East Coast Retros, with Lynn Andrews and Laura Biggs from the care home. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

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“So, I said how about I bring a few more than one. So, I really hoped that I could get five or six so I put a post up as plea for help to ask if anyone would be willing to bring their classic car to the care home. 

“I was overwhelmed with the response; I had so many people say they want to bring their vehicle which is lovely. 

“I was hoping to get maybe ten at most so I was really shocked when I managed to get 40!"

Administrator at Henley House, Lyn Andrews, said: “We’re so grateful and blown away by them giving up their afternoon to come and show the residents their cars. 

“For them it’s brilliant, it’s a bit of the outside world coming to the care home. They would have had these cars, that sparks memories for them as well. 

“We cannot thank them enough."      

Joan Marsden a resident.

Joan Marsden, a resident of Henley House. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Mike and Hannah Carpenter of East Coast Retros, with Lynn Andrews and Laura Biggs from the care home

Mike and Hannah Carpenter of East Coast Retros, with Lynn Andrews and Laura Biggs from the care home. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Classic car on display at Henley House care home

A wide range of classic vehicles turned out to treat the residents. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Barney a resident in a Rolls Royce.

Barney a resident in a Rolls Royce. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Ted one of the residents who is stood next to a car he had as his first car. Henley Care home have

Ted one of the residents who is stood next to a car he had as his first car. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Car on display at Henley House

The car show was set up after residents missed the annual Ipswich to Felixstowe run due to a route change. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Variety of classic cars on display.

Around 40 cars visited the home. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Classic car on display

One of the many cars on display at Henley House. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Aerial shot of the cars

The classic cars filled the home's car park! - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Henley Care home have a car meet up after they missed out seeing the cars on a previous route which

Residents take a look around their very own classic car show. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Some of the residents at Henley Care home PICTURE: CHARLOTTE BOND

Some of the residents at Henley Care home. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Some of the residents at Henley Care home

Some of the residents at Henley Care home admire the classic cars on show. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Beryl a resident.

Beryl, a resident. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

A classic car on display at Henley House care home

The Ipswich to Felixstowe run route changed due to road works, unknowingly to the care home. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Henley Care home have a car meet up after they missed out seeing the cars on a previous route which

Classic car owners turned up in force to support the care home. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Chris Mapey Angel and DUke of York Landlord with his car at Henley Care home car meet up.

Chris Mapey The Angel and Duke of York Landlord with his car at Henley Care home car meet up. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND