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Historic car with Churchill links at vehicle show

Cambridge owner with the rare Ford car going on show at Great Abington classic car show June 2014. ANL-141106-094831001

Cambridge owner with the rare Ford car going on show at Great Abington classic car show June 2014. ANL-141106-094831001

A car used to chaffeur the wife of wartime British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill goes on show next weekend at a Great Abington classic and vintage car show.

The Cambridge owner of the rare American English Ford V8 – one of only 12 models of the car known to be in existance – says it was regularly used to transport Clementine Churchill before World War Two.

More recently it was used to escort Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to Suffolk in 2010 when she dedicated a memorial to the Desert Rats – the nickname of the 7th Armoured Division of the British Army.

More than 400 cars will go on display in Pampisford Road, Great Abington, from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22.

Jason Smith and his family, who run W Smith Scrap Metals in Hill View, Linton, are putting on the 3rd annual classical vehicle to, again, raising thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK.

So far they have raised a total of £4,500 from the previous two shows which has gone to the charity in memory of Jason’s father Spencer Smith, 78, who died six years ago with prostate cancer.

This year’s show is even bigger with a record 450 entries.

He said: “It was horrible to lose my dad to prostate cancer; he was such an important part in all of our lives. He had 13 grandchildren.

“He had always wanted to put on a classical vehicle show, and although it is a shame he never got to, we hope that our annual event would make him proud.”

The show for all the family kicks off with live music on Friday night and continues across the weekend with raffles, auctions a display of cars from across the UK.

All information about the event including opening times and how to get there can be found online at www.abington-vcvs.co.uk.

 

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