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Harpenden revs engines for annual Classics on the Common car show's 20th anniversary
Classic cars and motorbikes rolled on to Harpenden Common yesterday afternoon for the annual spectacular which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
This year The Harpenden Village Rotary Club, the organisers of the event, celebrated Classics on the Common’s 20th anniversary.
Crowds of visitors, with some 12,000 expected to attend, packed onto the field browsing the array of classic and vintage cars, motorbikes and vans.
From a Chevy Bel Air rubbing shoulders with a 1927 Trojan, and a rare 1978 Mantra Bagheera with a '59 Berlie, there was something for the whole family to enjoy.
Many pitched up deck chairs next to their motors and others laid down a picnic as they soaked up the sunshine.
Harpenden resident, Gerard Vander Westhuyzen, sat proudly with his 1978 Triumph spitfire 1500.
Originally from South Africa Mr Vander Westhuyzen, said his pride of joy was bought to mark his father’s 60th birthday.
Mr Vander Westhuyzen of Batford Road said: "My dad used to own classic cars when I was younger so when he turned 60 we decided to buy one and have it repainted.
"We have come along to the Classics on The Common for many years now, but have never exhibited so we decided to bring her along this year.
"It is great to see people admiring our car."
The event is organised to raise money for Herts Air Ambulance, the local Samaritans branch, Keech Children’s Hospice and WaterAid.
Howard Davis showed off his 1964 Mercedes Pagoda, while taking in the lively atmosphere.
Mr Davis from Cambridge said: "I have had her for 18 months and I love it.
"Her previous owner kept her in good condition and it is a very attractive car so I wanted to give people the opportunity to see it.
"It has been a lovely day and I would say it is the busiest I have seen it."
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