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Rotarians gearing up for Gosport Vehicle Rally spectacular

By Dave King

GOSPORT Rotary Club’s Vehicle Rally and Fun Day is gearing up to be one of the best ever, with the ‘full up’ signs now being posted for the concessions.

Bank Holiday Monday, August 29, is the date of the 68th vehicle rally which will be held once again by the seaside at Stokes Bay.

Club secretary Penny Harris said that such has been the terrific response to this year’s event that the organisers can no longer accept any more stalls, including entertainment and catering.

“We have quite a nice variety of stalls including Heritage Open Days, the Gosport D-Day Fellowship, Utilita and Utility Warehouse,” she said.

“We also have stalls selling jam, chutney and a variety of food items, as well as ‘prize every time’ stalls.


“It really will be a fun, family event. We have a petting farm, Juggling Jake’s Circus, a chance to have a go a mono cycling, and you will be able to see a small hovercraft up close to learn more about the Hovercraft Museum. We have face-painters, soft archery, a kids’ toboggan and ceramic painting.”

“As for catering, we will be offering a full bar service from the Rose & Crown. You can also buy coffee and cakes from an old horse box which has been beautifully renovated. There will be ice cream stalls and the Hayling Hog Roast will be there, too.”

“We are delighted to have been supported by so many organisations and businesses to help make this a fantastic family day out.”

A key ingredient of the day is the vehicle rally. So far, 150 vehicles of various vintages – some of which are pictured below – will be exhibiting, with more expected on the day.

There is still time to pre-register your vehicle if you wish to exhibit, with the closing date falling on August 22. It’s £4 per car and £2 per motorcycle. You can also register on the day from 8am at a cost of £5 per car and £3 for motorcycles.

For more details email: sec.gosportvehiclerally@gmail.com. The day itself runs from 10am to 4pm. Public entry is £2 per adult, with children admitted free. All proceeds will go towards the Mayor of Gosport’s charities, and the Rotary club’s benevolent fund.