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Classic cars rev up for landmark regatta

Classic car line up

Classic car line up

As amateur rowers train for the 150th Bedford regatta, 50 classic cars are revving up to make a guest appearance.

As part of the celebration of the sport, the car line up will include British marques Allard, Morgan, Triumph and Aston Martin, including a 1934 Aston Martin MkII Long Chassis Tourer which has been in the same family for 60 years.

A rare 1964 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII Phase I, in original Healey Blue, and a Ford Escort MKI will line up along American muscle cars such as the Corvette Stingray.

A 1938 BMW R51 motorcycle, completes this celebration of international automotive classic design and engineering.

This year marks the 150th time the event has been held, but the town held its first regatta 161 years ago.

Regatta secretary Hugh Maltby said: “The first regatta was held in 1853 but the two world wars got in the way of events during those years, and two years ago it was regrettably cancelled due to the weather.

“As well as the races and the cars, the Bedford Town Band will be performing some of the music played at the 100th regatta.”

The Bedford Amateur Regatta is the largest single-day river regatta in the UK, with more than 1,600 competitors from 50 different schools, colleges and clubs racing over a 1,200 metre course, with races every two minutes throughout the day.

It runs from 8.15am to 7.30pm on Saturday, May 10. Entry to the general enclosure beside the Suspension Bridge is £2 and some 4,000 people are expected to attend the event.

Follow the regatta on Twitter @bedfordregatta and the classic car show @bedfordclassics

 

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