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Historic vehicle run set for weekend

PUBLISHED: 03:00 26 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:46 03 March 2010

MOTOR vehicles spanning the 20th century are preparing for their big day on Sunday week.

The 33rd Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run is expected to attract 500 vehicles for the run which is sponsored by Ipswich Buses.

MOTOR vehicles spanning the 20th century are preparing for their big day on Sunday week.

The 33rd Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Vehicle Run is expected to attract 500 vehicles for the run which is sponsored by Ipswich Buses.

As Ipswich Buses celebrate the centenary of municipally operated public transport in the town, they have joined forces with Ipswich Transport Museum to enable this spectacular event to be staged again.

The Ipswich to Felixstowe Run was first staged in 1971 and has grown in popularity ever since.

This year no new entries have been accepted since the end of March. Vehicles need to be 30 years old to qualify for entry, this year over 100 potential entries have been turned away!

There are over 100 motorbikes entered and entries go onto range from early steam lorries, to family saloon cars of the sixties, to the luxury of Rolls Royces from the 1930s and on to fire engines and Second World War military vehicles.

The vehicles assemble in Christchurch Park Ipswich during the morning, and at midday the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Richard Risebrow will start the first procession on their way to Felixstowe.

The vehicles will be parked along the length of the Promenade from lunch time until 5pm.

Felixstowe mayor Malcolm Minns will present the prizes at 4.30pm. This year the first and last vehicles in the procession will be modern vehicles supplied by Ipswich Buses Ltd.

This popular event draws large crowds in the park and on the prom and many people watch from the roadside, there is no charge to see the vehicles, but if you buy a programme from one of the many sellers you will help to keep this event viable.

Ipswich Buses celebrates its centenary this year having started electric tram services in the Town in 1903. Today it is still council-owned.


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