Updated: Saturday, 25th January 2020 @ 8:25am

Petrolheads turn out for the Christie at South Manchester Car Show in Didsbury Park

Petrolheads turn out for the Christie at South Manchester Car Show in Didsbury Park

By Daniel Golding

Keen petrolheads turned out to inspect over 100 classic cars in Didsbury Park to raise money for charity on Sunday.

The second annual Didsbury and South Manchester Car Show displayed cars and motorbikes from as early as 1931 and worth as much as £340,000.

The free event supported chosen charity the Christie Charitable Fund, despite heavy rain in the afternoon forcing some owners to take shelter in their vehicles.

Former motoring writer and co-organiser Paul Berman said: “We hope that everybody has had a nice day out and looks forward to us doing it again, or asks themselves what they could do to get involved in the community.”

He added: “It’s a local charity, it couldn’t be a better cause, there’s almost nobody who in some way has not been affected by cancer.”

The first event showed around 80 cars in the leafy park, but this year the figure has jumped to at least 120.

A good turnout and positive responses last year convinced organisers Paul, Peter Gidman and Lee Griffiths to hold another show.

Professor of Medical Oncology at Christie Hospital and breast cancer expert Tony Howell brought along a Citroen Ami 8 from 1983.

His wife bought the car – which she calls Dolly – when she was a medical student and they still use it regularly.

Professor Howell said: “It’s absolutely great. The Christie depends a lot on people’s generosity to be able to do the things that it does. The money they give just helps us do more.”

The most expensive car was an astonishing £340,000 – a 2011 Rolls Royce Phantom Coupé, part of the show’s Gay Classic Car Group.  

Meanwhile a green MG C-type, a competition car first produced in 1931, had been in its owner’s possession for about 55 years.

CLASSIC SHOW: There were around 120 cars on show on Sunday

Owner Robin Gordon said the car was in pieces when he bought it in 1956, so he put it back together himself, giving it a major retune in the 1990s.

He said: “It’s an interesting car and it’s a rare one. There were only 44 of these made – of which, probably only about 20 now exist.”

See www.didsburycarshow.org to check if the event is returning for 2012.