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Crosslé cars centre stage at Newcastle vintage show

Samantha Bell from the shows organisers, with Paul McMorran, Managing Director of Crossl� Cars.

Samantha Bell from the shows organisers, with Paul McMorran, Managing Director of Crossl� Cars.

A Holywood-based racing car constructor will be centre stage at this year’s Vintage, Classic and Sports Car Show in Newcastle.

Crosslé Cars, a company that has played a part in the careers of motor racing legends including Nigel Mansell, John Watson and Eddie Irvine, will feature some of their most iconic cars at the 20th annual show next weekend.

The company, which is still based in its original factory in Co Down, is the world’s longest-established racing car constructor.

Crosslé’s Formula Fords have been a popular choice of aspiring racing drivers around the world. Thousands of young hopefuls had their first motor racing experience in a Crosslé.

They have built over 1,000 competition cars in their 55-year history.

Three thousand visitors are expected at the Slieve Donard show, with proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. All the cars will be indoors at the hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

The show has raised more than £130,000 for local charities in the past.

Featured at the show will be a 1970 16F Formula Ford, and the 9S sports racing car, as well as a Crosslé 80T trials car, built for climbing grassy or rocky slopes.

There will be 40 other collectors’ cars from the 1900s to the 1980s, including a 1909 Model T Ford and a British rallycross championship-winning Metro 6R4.

Admission is £5 for adults and £2 for children under 15. Opening times are 2pm to 10pm on Friday, January 31, 10am to 10pm on Saturday, February 1 and 10am to 5pm on Sunday, February 2.

 

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