Lynn’s vintage ‘Cooper Car’ launches new event

Cllrs Chris Crofts and Nick Daubney try out the Cooper Car.

Cllrs Chris Crofts and Nick Daubney try out the Cooper Car.

One of King’s Lynn’s true hidden gems was rolled out onto the car park of Cooper Roller Bearings on Friday. The ‘Cooper Car’ is one of only 6 ever made at the Cooper Factory in the early 1900s, and is the only surviving example.

The car will be taking part in the first ever King’s Lynn Classic Car Day, taking place on 14 September 2014, as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

King's Lynn Councillors and representatives of Coopers launch the new Classic Car Day.

The Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Councillors and representatives of Coopers launch the new Classic Car Day.

The new event is the brainchild of Cllr Chris Crofts, who himself owns a classic 1973 Vauxhall Viva 4-door saloon.

He explained: “Hundreds of people visit the town for Heritage Open Days and I felt that by putting an additional attraction on along the waterfront that people would also head there and enjoy the environment, support the businesses in that area, and take advantage of visiting the historic buildings that surround the waterside. The quay front is perfect for lining up the classic cars for people to view.”

The drivers view looks very different to modern cars!

The drivers view looks very different to modern cars!

The event was launched launched on Friday, to encourage owners of classic vehicles to get in touch and register their vehicle online atwest-norfolk.gov.uk.

Cllr Crofts added: “Many people will be unaware that cars were ever made in King’s Lynn. To be able to display the only surviving example at our Classic Car Day means a great deal to us, and we are confident it will attract people to the event. We are truly grateful to Cooper’s for agreeing to this opportunity.”

Pat Smith, Site Director at Cooper Roller Bearings Company Ltd, said: “Cooper has over 120 years of history in the town, having been continually based on the Wisbech Road site. Today the company is known throughout the world as the leader and specialist in the design and manufacture of split bearing technologies. However, in the early days Cooper also produced Steam Diggers, Bombs, Clutches and even a few Cars!

“We are proud of our engineering heritage and long association with King’s Lynn. Therefore we welcome the opportunity to participate in this event by displaying the Cooper car, and greatly look forward to joining the many classic car enthusiasts and visitors for the day.”

The event will take place between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, 14 September. Anyone wishing to show their vehicle will need to complete the online exhibitor’s entry form by 10 August 2014.

Alison Gifford, Chair of the King’s Lynn Civic Society, which organises the Heritage Open Day, added: “This really is an exciting addition to what is already a very popular day.”

The Mayor, Cllr Barry Ayres, said: “As Mayor and a keen classic car enthusiast myself, I am absolutely delighted to be involved with this event. I am really looking forward to the day and hope that many enthusiasts like me, will come along to exhibit their vehicles.”

 

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