This was the grand final of the five annual events held in Martock. It celebrated the massive £300.000.00 donated by Martock Charity Shop to help disabled children in the Southwest with 300 vintage & classic vehicles from across the UK with Retro's unqiue road closure cavalcade! What a sight, sound & smell it was!
THE MOST PEOPLE IN LIVING MEMORY SEEN ON THE STREETS OF MARTOCK & RECREATION GROUND. IT WAS MASSIVE!!!!
The weather was superb, not a cloud in the sky all day. The starting rocket was lit (this year she was called "Loud Wendy" The road was closed in North Street at 10.00, out came a Martock Fire Engine followed by two Blood Bikes and our VIP Owen Howkins returned for the last time to cut the ribbon in a Chicago Police car! then a very mighty 300 vehicles cavalcaded to the most people seen in living memory in North Street. It was just fantastic, magical, fun, memorable and totally unquie!. Visitors came from around the UK to take part and to spectate. Local businesses opened on a Sunday for the first time ever to cash in on the new dramatically increased local spend! 1000 small union flags were given out free for specators to wave at the cavalcade (we could of given out 2000 more very easily)
The cars then went on a 27 mile tour (Thanks to Neil Gorton for route design & planning it was brilliant) past Southfork Caravan Park (who kindly hosted our official retro camping one more time, it was fantastic up there on Saturday night, just brilliant (thank you Mick, Nancy & kirsty) then returned to display on a very full recreation ground where live music was enjoyed along with good food, 40+ shops and stalls, kids rides, raffle. The most people ever on the Recreation Ground confirmed!
To say Retro Fundraising brought Martock to life is an understatement. Families hosted relatives & friends from across the UK, Hotels, B&B, campsites, Holiday Cottages etc were all very busy within a 10 mile radius.
The event raised £10.255.00 and once again donated every single penny to Martock Charity Shop. THE 5 Retro Events in Martock GRAND TOTAL RAISED AND EVERY PENNY DONATED TO MARTOCK CHARITY SHOP WAS £32,500.00.
The event took organisors HMS Mobility Solutions Ltd of Glastonbury almost a year to organise and get everything in place for such substantial numbers of vehicles and spectators. No mean feat!!!
This now concludes Retro Fundraising in Martock. Thank you to all our Retro Committee members, sponsors. We are sure you all enjoyed Retro as much as we did on the days "Retro2 came to Martock!
We have to ask when oh when will Martock ever see so many people in North Street again?
Thank you. Garry & Kirstie Hellings Directors of HMS Mobility Solutions Ltd
Retro Fundraising 2016 again followed our 2015 format but this time many more people came, we limited the event to 300 vehicles to ensure the smooth proceedure for our road closure order of North Street. Superb vehicles aged from 1919 to 1998. Our 10 acre Retro showground was almost full! The fundraising total this year was £7395.00. The weather was perfect, RNS Yeovilton Air Station had agreed to our request to get aircarft from the air day left overs returning home on the Sunday to fly over Martock, that was quite a sight and we thank them for doing this for us. So this takes our grand total raised & donated to an impressive £22,345.00 to Martock Charity Shop in four years. Thnaks everyone who helped and booked vehicles in to our cavalcade. You will not find an event like this anywhere else in Somerset and possible the whole of the South West! So why not join us in a great day out at Retro Fundraising 2017 with a pre 1998 vehicle or as a public spectator? Bring the family!
Retro Fundraising 2015 followed our succesful 2014 format. This time Kirstie & Garry were invited by BBC presenter Ben Mcgrail for a live interview at the BBC Somerset Taunton studios. This helped awareness and the villagers along the scenic tour turned out to cheer the vehicles on. The event had some 240 vehicles and raised and impressive £7300.00 smashing our £5000 target.Thanks to all the traders, caterers, local campsites and of course our generous sponsors. Furthest entry was a classic Mini from Kilmarnock Scotland with a Teardrop Caravan! The Teardrop Club of Great Britain added a superb & popular display at the Retro Showground. The weather, light shower at start but generally hot and dry for the show.
As soon as the first show closed we started organising a bigger and better one for 2014. The general consensus was that Martock wanted a Retro show in the afternoon after the classic cars had returned from the tour of South Somerset villages. Retro Fundraising was granted permission to use Martock Recreation Ground - Retro Fundraising was now a show as well as a classic car run.
An amature film group, filmed behind the scenes and made a DVD of Retro Fundraising (its on utube now)
An official road closure order was applied for and granted (with only one local objection) and ran like clockwork. North Street was closed to all traffic and was for the sole use of the rather impressive Retro Fundraising cavalcade of some 200 vehicles. The event raised an impressive £4,500. Local farmers entered an array of classic tractors, as did a large number of motorbikes and participants travelled from further afield too. The weather was again nice and warm as it had been in 2013.
We started to promote Retro Fundraising 2013 in classic mini magazines - to our surprise other classic car clubs and enthusiasts in Somerset and the surrounding counties also wanted to be part of the day, so the event quickly grew in size and we had a nice variety of retro vehicles.
The format of Retro Fundraising 2013 was that the classic vehicles met at Martock Business Park and then travelled to Haynes Motor Museum, the day raised £3150.00 Not a bad effort for a new show!
We thank our cavalcade outriders The Yeovil Freewheelers Blood Bikes every year they do a sterling job. We also thank the fantastic English Rose Scooter Club and Vespa Club of GB for marshalling duties (photo right)
We also thank Martock Fire Station for all the help and local support. We also thank our dear friends from The Teardrop Club of Great Britain (below) for the wonderful display of Tiny Teardrop Caravans (the public love looking around them) Marshalls Bristol Mini Drifters (bottom right) all our sponsors and Southfork Caravan Site for hosting our camping! And last but not least all our marshalls!