Vintage car day to be held on historic Rowfant estate

Rowfant House Vintage Car Rally - Claire O'Neill, Richard Bunning & Janet Finch (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150630-083126008

Rowfant House Vintage Car Rally - Claire O'Neill, Richard Bunning & Janet Finch (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150630-083126008

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A vintage car event is being held at Rowfant House near Crawley at the weekend following the cancellation of one of the county’s biggest classic vehicle shows.

The Ardingly Vintage and Classic Vehicle Show, which has been held for decades on the South of England showground, was due to be held on July 11 and 12, but was cancelled for financial reasons.

Car enthusiast and regular attender of the show Richard Bunning, was so disappointed at the news he has taken matters into his own hands.

He has put together plans for a one-day event on Sunday July 12 and it will be held at Rowfant House near Crawley.

He said: “It’s open to all sorts of classic cars from Morris Minors to vintage Rolls Royces. We had it in a very small scale last year and we are hoping to make it a bit bigger this year.

“People love to see the old cars against the backdrop of the old house. It’s a wonderful setting. It should be a good day out.”

Horsham Historics Preservations Society had organised the Ardingly show for 26 years and before that the Southern Counties Historic Preservation Trust ran it for 15 years.

Former organiser Brian Carter said: “The show had good support from exhibitors. Some had been going to that site for 40 years.

“The cost of running it was going up while the revenue was staying the same to the point when the lines crossed.

“We are still an active club. I wish Rowfant every success.”

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