The West Somerset Railway’s annual Classic Car Run

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The West Somerset Railway’s annual Classic Car Run Cars parked at MD station Image by Malcolm Gardner

The West Somerset Railway’s annual Classic Car Run will be held on Sunday 4th June this year and entries have been coming in.

The well-established pattern from previous years will be repeated with cars gathering at Bishops Lydeard station near Taunton from 9am and setting off at 11am for a 35 mile run to Minehead. The route will take in some stunning West Somerset scenery, little-known by-ways, and medieval villages and towns, looping around the West Somerset Railway’s stations and ending at Minehead where reserved parking will be available alongside the station close to the town and the beach. Spectators can see the cars gather at Bishops Lydeard and then take the 10:20 steam service from Bishops Lydeard to get ahead of the cars and watch them pass one of the WSR’s nine stations. Run organiser and WSR volunteer Robin White said:

“The run has been growing in popularity over past years as word has got out there what a fun day out it is for both the participants and visitors to the Railway. The combination of stunning classic cars, West Somerset scenery and our wonderful steam trains makes for a great spectacle.  This year we already have over 50 entries from 1920’s Austins and Morrises, to MG’s from the 1970’s.  We have space for up to 100 cars, so there is still time to enter.”

Administration will this year be handled by the WSR’s Commercial Office at Minehead. An entry form and information can be obtained by e-mailing info@wsrail.net or calling 01643 704996. Entry to the classic car run costs £10 per vehicle.

As in previous years, participants will be offered a reduced rate ride on the Railway for the driver and up to 3 passengers.

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