Ipswich-Felixstowe Classic Car Race 2022: Have you been there?

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4:00 PM May 1, 2022



It was a golden day for one of Suffolk’s biggest attractions as it returned after a two-year absence to celebrate half a century and welcome huge crowds.

Like so many much-loved events, the 50th Historic Vehicle Race from Ipswich to Felixstowe had disappeared during Covid, but was back yesterday to celebrate its milestone and rekindle fond memories with its display of vehicles from yesteryear.


Robert Vassili with his Rolls Royce Silver Spur.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

From the dawn of the mass automobile in the early 20th century to the more modern models of just a few decades ago, there was something for all ages.


Adrian Day in his 1952 Chevrolet pickup truck. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Adrian Day in his 1952 Chevrolet pickup truck.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The organisers, the Ipswich Transport Museum, were delighted with the day which they described as a “cavalade of colours, nostalgia, sounds and smells”.


Martin, Martin and Joe with their Penny Farthings.  Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Martin, Martin and Joe with their Penny Farthings
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

When the race started in 1970, 35 vintage vehicles – almost all cars – took part.


Aaron Webb and Shaun Knights at the Ipswich to Felixstowe Classic <a class=Car Run. ” class=”” loading=”lazy” title=””/>

Aaron Webb and Shaun Knights at the Ipswich to Felixstowe Classic Car Run
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Yesterday, 600 old and veteran cars, leisure vehicles, buses, coaches, military vehicles and motorbikes, along with vintage cycles and Sinclair C5s gathered in Christchurch Park to be admired before setting off for the seaside.


Hundreds of vehicles took part in the classic vehicle race from Ipswich to Felixstowe on May 1, 2022

Hundreds of vehicles took part in the Ipswich to Felixstowe Classic Vehicle Run 2022
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

During the afternoon, participants lined Felixstowe prom and Undercliff Road West, attracting thousands of visitors.


Cars arriving at Christchurch Park for the rally

Cars arriving at Christchurch Park for the rally
– Credit: Julie Kemp


A dog enjoys the view in Christchurch Park ahead of its run to Felixstowe.

A dog enjoys the view in Christchurch Park ahead of its run to Felixstowe.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown


Hundreds of vehicles took part in the classic vehicle race from Ipswich to Felixstowe on May 1.

Souvenirs galore at the Ipswich to Felixstowe Historic Car Run
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown


Hundreds of vehicles took part in the classic vehicle race from Ipswich to Felixstowe on May 1.

Ready for the trip to the seaside
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown


Hundreds of vehicles took part in the classic vehicle race from Ipswich to Felixstowe on May 1.

Hundreds of vehicles took part in the classic vehicle race from Ipswich to Felixstowe on May 1
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown


Luke Deal with his 1979 trainer, named Barbara after his grandmother.  Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Luke Deal with his 1979 trainer, named Barbara after his grandmother.
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown


Carolyn Hancock with her dog Marmite in front of her classic van.  Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Carolyn Hancock with her dog Marmite in front of her classic van
– Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown


Classics from all automotive ages were on display

Classics from all automotive ages were on display
– Credit: Julie Kemp


Vehicles leaving Christchurch Park ready to spend the afternoon in Felixstowe

Vehicles leaving Christchurch Park ready to spend the afternoon in Felixstowe
– Credit: Julie Kemp

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