Street rods show attracts massive crowds

CLASSIC cars from around Europe and America gathered in Ipswich this weekend for an annual car event which broke records and attracted huge crowds of visitors.

CLASSIC cars from around Europe and America gathered in Ipswich this weekend for an annual car event which broke records and attracted huge crowds of visitors.

More than 700 cars from English classics to American hot rods were on show at the National Association of Street Clubs (NASC) Street Rod Nationals event at the Trinity Park showground.

Organisers today heralded the event as their biggest and busiest event ever.

The show was open to the public on Sunday and on Saturday the stunning motors turned more than a few heads with one of the favourite parts of the show - the annual cruise to Felixstowe.

Visitors to the resort's prom were able to enjoy the sunshine while inspecting the vehicles on the front.

Mark Ashman, NASC chairman, said: “It was brilliant - it far surpassed our expectations.

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“It was our biggest ever show, with more cars than ever before.”

The event ran from Friday to yesterday, with the organisers saying around 14,000 visitors turned up on Sunday.

Mr Ashman said: “We extended the size of the show after last year's event but we still had to turn people away as we had reached capacity by Sunday lunch time.”

Owners brought cars from the United States, Germany, Belgium and across the UK to take part in the seven-mile cruise from the Trinity Park showground to the seafront.

Besides the mean machines other attractions included live music, children's activities and 'tot-rods' - miniature versions of the muscle cars and hot rods taking part in the main event.

Are you organising an event in the Ipswich or Felixstowe area? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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