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Malton Motor Show

Malton Laser Sponsors the 2009 Malton Motor Show
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 Local Newspaper -- Malton Mercury's full report below:
A roaring success
BRILLIANT. That was the general verdict among visitors, exhibitors and businesses to this year’s Malton Motor Show on Sunday.

Thousands of people streamed into the town to view cars ranging from decades old to the latest models from dealers.
Much of Wheelgate, closed off to traffic, was filled with motorbikes and souped-up mini cars plus a cool wall based on TV’s Top Gear programme.

Sponsor Charlie Corner, of sheet metal manufacturer Malton Laser, said: “It has been a terrific turnout and much better than I had hoped for.”
The event was officially kicked off with Denys Townsend, chairman of Business in Action, and the town’s ambassador, Sarah Lally-Marley opening Champagne.
Mr Townsend said: “It has been a really great turnout. I am very pleased with what has happened and the team has worked very well.”

Several businesses not normally open on Sundays reported a good trade. Cafes and restaurants adopted a Continental-style outside layout with tables and chairs.

Butcher Derek Fox, who was at his premises at 6.30am to provide bacon and sausage rolls and burgers, said: “My first two customers came from Buckinghamshire. We had 1,000 buns and they just went. It is nice to see Malton so busy.”

Simon Robertson, of Leoni’s coffee bar in Wheelgate, masquerading as The Ace Cafe, said: “It has been brilliant. There was a real buzz among the exhibitors and customers.”
Also busy were Ambiente, the Spanish tapas bar selling paella out-side and other food, Wills Cafe Bar with its barbecue, The Hidden Monkey cafe, the Market Place bistro, Malton Relish plus Snak Atack in Finkle Street.

(Above) David and Pat Hopkinson of Malton displayed their 1948 Morris Minor, the third oldest in the UK and the fifth oldest in the world.
Mr Hopkinson said: “It spent 40 years in Zimbabwe without the salt on the roads so it is in perfect condi¬tion underneath and we go to rallies, mainly in the summer.”

Ray and Jill Pollard brought their 1935 Bentley, which they have owned for 25 years, from York. “This show is great. We did not think it would be as big as this,” Ray said.

Children enjoyed face-painting sessions while outside the museum was a Formula One racing car plus Porsches and Aston Martins from Specialist Cars in Malton.

Other vehicles included a 1954 black cab London taxi while Ken Soothill displayed his 12hp 1938 Riley Victor which he has driven for 25 years after finding it in a barn at Cropton.

Roger Burnett, head of
Scarborough Council’s parks and countryside services, displayed a Morris Minor van he has taken 11 years to restore at his home in Swinton.

Mike Skeehan, clerk to Malton Town Council, said: “Look at the amount of people here and and it is good to see shops and cafes open.”

Andrew Duncan of Hoppers reckoned business was up 50 per cent compared with last year.
Penny Rummel of Scoops in St Michael’s Street said: “It was much better than last year.”
Sharon Foyle, of nearby Mennels sweet shop, said: “It was really worth opening.”
David Wakeley of Massers camera shop, who reckoned around half the visitors came from outside the area, said: “It was an excellent event for the town.”

District Cllr Howard Keal said: ‘‘A lot of marvellous exhibits were on show including fantastic vintage cars and motor bikes.

“The road closures gave people the chance to walk around freely and it was also really excellent to see the number of traders who support¬ed the event by opening up for the day, which created a really vibrant and busy atmosphere."
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