Residents of the retirement village drive down memory lane with a classic car display

Richmond Villages Northampton, a local retirement village near Grange Park, hosted a classic car show for residents and members of the local community. More than 70 residents and visitors attended the show put on by staff members on April 16.

Fifteen vintage cars were on display, from the Austin 7 to the Austin Cambridge, all specially selected by locals to remind them of times past. Village resident Jean Allen said: “It was such a special day, seeing the cars in person brought back so many memories of my youth. It was remarkable to see the Austin 7, because it was the car I took my first test drive with – I was so excited I just had to jump in for a photo!

After a public vote by show attendees, local resident Steve Shipley’s Austin 7 car was named “Best in Show” and received a certificate, a bottle of prosecco and a rosette.

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“It’s the first car show I’ve ever done and it’s extremely emotional for me as I restored the car myself after it was left in someone else’s garden for many years and was about to be scrapped,” Mr Shipley said. “I’m glad all my hard work paid off.”

The event was also an opportunity to raise funds for the village’s ‘Local Charity of the Year’. Through ticket sales and an Easter raffle, a total of £287 was raised for local Cynthia Spencer hospice in Northampton.

Chris Ryatt, Operations Manager at Richmond Villages Northampton, commented: “The team and I are delighted with the popularity of our classic car show. It’s so rewarding to be able to create new experiences for our residents and raise funds for charity.

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