‘Future of Barrington car meet is at risk if no one steps up’ says organiser

A rare beast indeed. There are only 370 of these 301, six cylinder Oldsmobiles manufactured at the c

A rare beast indeed. There are only 370 of these 301, six cylinder Oldsmobiles manufactured at the company's factory in Detroit. This one dates from 1926, and is owned by Peter Read from Stotfold in Beds, who has owned it since 2000 by Clive Porter - Credit: Archant

A man who has organised a popular New Year’s Day classic car meet for more than 40 years says he is uncertain the event will continue as nobody has volunteered to take over.

Several vehicles were displayed at the New Year Classic Car meeting on Barrington Village Green by C

Several vehicles were displayed at the New Year Classic Car meeting on Barrington Village Green by Clive Porter - Credit: Archant

Monty Goding, who will retire from running the Wings and Wheels event on Barrington Green next year after 41 years at its helm, says it’s difficult finding people to organise the event due to the time, effort and money required.

Shepreth classic car enthusiast, Ben Hogan proudly presents his newly acquired rare 1929 Austin 7 fo

Shepreth classic car enthusiast, Ben Hogan proudly presents his newly acquired rare 1929 Austin 7 former butcher's van by Clive Porter - Credit: Archant

The 76-year-old said: “It costs a lot in insurance. Those under 70 won’t step up to the mark to run anything.

Cambridge and District Classic Car Club Chairman, David Hunns from Ely, displays his 1951 Daimler C

Cambridge and District Classic Car Club Chairman, David Hunns from Ely, displays his 1951 Daimler Consort, which he's owned for 10 years by Clive Porter - Credit: Archant

“They are happy to turn up in their cars as part of the meet, but people just don’t seem to be bothered to run things.

“The provision of marshals, notices, netting, and bollards are just added complication.


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“It is quite understandable that no one has come forward.”

Bad weather conditions over the last three years have also meant that Monty has had to put in more time and effort to maintain the green at the meets.

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He added: “I’ve had to clear it single-handedly with a fork before.

“The problem with it being on the green is you can’t charge people to attend.

“The responsibility falls on the organiser, and the charity that runs the green is desperate to get a bit of cash from the event as it costs a lot of money to cut the grass every year.”

More than 150 people turned up to the Barrington Green event this year.

One of them, Clive Porter, agreed it was a ‘shame’ that nobody has stepped up to take over the organisation of the long running event.

Mr Goding added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have made it possible over these many meetings – first and foremost Margaret and Camilla who have given unstinting support.

“I would also like to thank Barrington Parish Council and the Green Charity, The Royal Oak and finally the villagers who have put up with us with very little in the way of complaint.”

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