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Bury St Edmunds Distinguished Gentleman's Drive raises more than £5,000 for Movember




Classic car enthusiasts raised thousands of pounds for charity from a 68 mile drive around the Suffolk countryside on Sunday.

Nine cars took part in the Bury St Edmunds Distinguished Gentleman's Drive and generated more than £5,000 for Movember towards prostate cancer research, male mental health and suicide prevention.

The inaugural event, part of a number across the world, was organised by Graeme Whiting who joined drivers at Krazy Horse, in Lamdin Road, in his grandad's 1935 Railton with his cousin Christine.

Graeme Whiting with his cousin Christine Fawcett and their grandad's Railton. Picture: Mecha Morton
Graeme Whiting with his cousin Christine Fawcett and their grandad's Railton. Picture: Mecha Morton

The cause was close to their family's heart as they lost their grandad Joseph to suicide in 1985 as well as Christine's brother Stephen 12 years ago.

Graeme, of Bury St Edmunds, tracked down and bought his grandad's car in February after decades of searching for it.

He said: "It was an emotional day for myself and my cousin. It was the first time Christine had seen our grandad's car since the early 1970s.

Stephen and Denise White with Gus and their 1970 MGB GT. Picture: Mecha Morton
Stephen and Denise White with Gus and their 1970 MGB GT. Picture: Mecha Morton

"Christine and I had a wonderful day reminiscing and with a few tears and many laughs."

Among the cars which took part were two E-types (series 1 and series 3), a 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk1a, an MGB GT, a 1972 VW Beetle, a brace of Morgans and a 1970 Plymouth Superbird.

The route included a stop at Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds and took in Horringer, Barrow, Dalham, Stradishall, Clare Country Park, Cavendish, Long Melford and Lavenham.

It finished at Ravenwood Hall in time for afternoon tea with complimentary refreshments from Craig Jarvis, who was driving one of the Morgans.

Rupert and Paula Weeks with the Sunbeam Tiger. Picture: Mecha Morton
Rupert and Paula Weeks with the Sunbeam Tiger. Picture: Mecha Morton

To donate to the Bury St Edmunds drive, click here.

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Paul Beamish, owner of Krazy Horse, with his 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Picture: Mecha Morton
Paul Beamish, owner of Krazy Horse, with his 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Picture: Mecha Morton
Stephanie and Lily Taylor with a 2021 Morgan plus four. Picture: Mecha Morton
Stephanie and Lily Taylor with a 2021 Morgan plus four. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Bury St Edmunds Distinguished Gentleman's Drive. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Bury St Edmunds Distinguished Gentleman's Drive. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Bury St Edmunds Distinguished Gentleman's Drive. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Bury St Edmunds Distinguished Gentleman's Drive. Picture: Mecha Morton