On Sunday 24th April, from 10:30am to 4:30pm there will be a classic car rally taking place in the grounds of Kersey Mill.
The Drive It Day is an annual event throughout the UK to commemorate the Royal Automobile Club 1900 1000 mile Trial that left London and travelled via Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to Scotland and returned via many British towns back to London. 65 automobiles were entered for this pioneering event and remarkable 46 made it to the finish line. The gold medal winner was Charles Rolls of Rolls Royce fame in his 1899 Panhard 12hp Tourer.
This year’s event has attracted International recognition from FIVA and will be the UK’s Flagship Event for the
2016’s World Motoring Heritage Year.
Kersey Mill is set in an area of outstanding beautiful Suffolk countryside, close to the historic market town of Hadleigh. The buildings are surrounded by 18 acres of beautiful grounds including sunken Mediterranean and water gardens and meadows alongside the River Brett.
Kersey Mill in conjunction with Historic England will be having a special opening at midday which will be orchestrated and performed by Bill Griffiths, the well known Millwright who has been involved with this restoration since the very start to celebrate and admire the current progress that has been made towards the total restoration.
The water wheel will be turning and it is almost 100 years since it was fully operational.
To date we have 20 marque motor clubs who have agreed to support the event. A special display of early motor cars will be positioned in front of the Mill which include Charles Rolls original 1899 Panhard and one of his early Silver Ghosts the famous 1908 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn. Alongside these two very special cars will be an early Stanley Steamer, Model T Ford, Austin 7, Lagonda, Bentley to name but a few.
Adjacent to the Mill building there are a number of diverse business including a Health and Fitness Centre, Pilates, Denza Beauty Room, Photographer, as well as Suffolk Craft Shop with local handmade crafts and gifts from over 40 local craft makers. They will be creating special glass and ceramic painting wares especially for children to decorate in their craft studios. Zor Boutique offers a wide range of handbags, accessories and clothing with something to suit every taste. They will be offering a 10% discount on the day on all items. The Flower Shop offers beautiful handmade floral arrangements using freshly delivered flowers Holland also seasonal plants. The Venue (a Weddingand Events venue) will be having an open day presenting their facilities. Their bar will be open throughout the day for drinks. The Copper Kettle Cafe Tea Room will be providing a full range of refreshments including breakfast, barbecue, cakes and scones using locally produced food all freshly prepared.
We are expecting a large turnout of sensational old cars and if you are an owner of such a vehicle please come and join us. Even if you are not an enthusiast it is sure to be a great day out for all the family and we look forward to welcoming you.
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