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Oily Rag Club’s annual showcase proves a hit




Atlanta Shelmeradine in a Suffolk SS100 Jaguar. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
Atlanta Shelmeradine in a Suffolk SS100 Jaguar. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

Around 500 car and motorsport enthusiasts attended a get-together at the weekend.

The Fressingfield Oily Rag Club event was held at Fennings Farm, Pixey Green, in Stradbroke on Saturday.

Now in its 12th year, it raises money for the Stradbroke and District Royal British Legion.

Around 50 cars were on display in the motorsport paddock and 170 formed the classic and vintage vehicle display.

Steve Parrish, a former professional motorcycle and truck racer and now a motorsport television commentator and speaker, joined the event as guest of honour.

“Steve has given a talk here before and we invited him to come along to this year’s event,” said Oily Rag Club chairman Steve Wyatt. “He’s a great talker, and was also best mates with motorcycle racer Barry Sheene.”

Steve Parrish was guest of hour.
Steve Parrish was guest of hour.

The event, between 10am and 5pm, also paid tribute to Norfolk motorsport hero Jim Russell, who died in March, aged 99.

“Jim taught many of our members to drive and we thought it only fitting to honour him,” said Mr Wyatt.

“He was a true champion and a hero to many of of our members.

“Around 500 people came along and the beautiful weather certainly helped.

“There was a range of classic and vintage cars, supercars, bikes, commercial vehicles, motoring memorabilia and auto-jumble.

“There was also a great mix of men and women, and all the activities, including live music and food, seemed to go down well.”

Cars in the motorsport paddock drew excitement, as well as examples of the work of Suffolk Sportscars, who build reproductions of the legendary Jaguar SS100.

Cathedral Garage, from Weybread, proudly showed off its Pegonda, a cross between a Peugeot and a Honda.Other vehicles ranged from a 1906 Darrag to a modern Ferrari.

Richard Ashley in his 1963 works Morris Cooper rally car
Richard Ashley in his 1963 works Morris Cooper rally car

The 350-strong Oily Rag Club has run the rally for the past 11 years.

“It originally started out as a Stradbroke British Legion garden party to which they asked us to bring some cars along,” said Mr Wyatt.

“Since then, it became the annual Legion Rally and any money we raise goes towards the Poppy Appeal.”

More pictures in the current edition of the Diss Express, out now



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