Marshals praised after spectator injured at Farnham Festival of Transport

Tuesday 7th June 2022 1:11 pm
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The wife of a man hurt after an incident involving a classic car at the Farnham Festival of Transport last Sunday has thanked marshals for coming to his aid.

Cars were departing the Upper Hart car park for a parade through the town centre at around midday, when a classic car’s throttle pedal stuck and it lurched forward, hitting a spectator.

The spectator was treated at the scene by first aiders and has since received treatment for a leg injury in hospital.

Farnham Weyside Rotary Club, which organises the annual event, in a statement expressed its “regret” at the unfortunate incident and wished the man “a speedy recovery”.

The club has also vowed to review its safety procedures “to ensure nothing similar occurs in the future”. Police officers were present at the scene, and the Herald has asked Surrey Police for a statement.

A spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) said: “I can confirm SECAmb was called shortly after 12.30pm on Sunday (June 5) to reports of a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in Upper Hart car park, Farnham.

“Ambulance crews attended the scene and a person with was assessed and treated before being taken to Frimley Park Hospital with a leg injury.”

The 2022 Farnham Festival of Transport got off to a good start with cars arriving from 8am, and attracted a greater variety of cars than in previous years.

The most unusual car was a little yellow William Cyclecar, a tiny, two seater car made in 1976 and owned by Louise Barrett of Godalming who bought it on eBay and has been restoring it.

It has a top speed of 14 miles per hour and has difficulty with hills. When the engine struggles the passenger has a set of pedals to help things along.

Winner of the Best Car up to 1945 was a very pretty 1932 Singer 9/60 Special Sports belonging to Jerry Hyman, a town and borough councillor in Farnham.

Other winners were:

 Best Car after 1946 was a 1969 Jaguar E-type belonging to Kenneth Day;

 Best Supercar was a very desirable Ferrari F40;

 Best Motorcycle was Bill Stewart’s Triumph TR6; and

 Best Military Vehicle was the 1944 Willys Jeep of Jeremy Hall.

The most astonishing car was a sensational Swedish supercar, the Koenisegg Rebera, which was finished in dark blue and gold and is worth at least £3 million. It has a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour and does not have a gearbox!

It probably drew the biggest crowds and it won the Sir Ray Tindle Memorial Cup for the Best Car in the Show.

In the absence of any sunshine, the Rock Choir and the Missy Nelson band brightened up the scene and kept the audience entertained.

Refreshments were available as was a stall selling automobile memorabilia.

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice is the beneficiary of this event, they were well represented during the day.

Michael Buttler, of the Farnham Weyside Rotary Club, said: “The quality of the cars and their variety were the outstanding features of this enjoyable Festival of Transport which provided one of many excellent entertainments during a memorable Platinum Jubilee celebration.

“To find out about Farnham Weyside Rotary Club and what we do take a look at the website, www.farnhamweyside.org.uk, and our Facebook page, or contact the secretary by email at [email protected]

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