Classic car show to return this month for vital children’s hospital

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 May 2019

Corton Classic Car rally 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Corton Classic Car rally PHOTO: Nick Butcher


The family of a five-year-old girl who had life-saving open heart surgery at just one week old will bring back a free classic car show for the fifth time later this month.

Corton Classic car show on the village playing fields.Corton Classic car show on the village playing fields.

Inspired by the life-saving treatment and care given to his granddaugther Isabella May-Smith as she underwent open heart surgery at just seven days old, organiser Gary Smith will continue to raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Vintage vehicles, sleek sports cars and classic motorcycles will roll up to Corton playing field for the fifth time for the Corton Classic Car Show.

Mr Smith said: "This will be the fifth year we have done this. My family and I are doing this to raise funds for Great Ormond Street for my granddaughter.

"She is now five and has had five major heart operations and the service and care has been absolutely superb.

Corton Classic Car rally 

PHOTO: Nick ButcherCorton Classic Car rally PHOTO: Nick Butcher

"She had a heart defect and at seven days old she had her first operation.

"It was a horrendous time but the care they gave us was fantastic.

"Thankfully, she is now doing absolutely fine."

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In previous years, vehicles on show have included American muscle cars and a range of classic and new Ferraris, Aston Martins, Maseratis, Bentleys and Morgans, with hundreds of visitors descending upon the site.

In the five years since the family began fundraising for GOSH, more than £20,000 has been raised through the generosity of visitors and the Lowestoft community.

Mr Smith said: "There will be a fantastic display of cars of a whole range of different makes and conditions. There will be banger cars, motorbikes, classic cars and super cars.

"There is also going to be donkey rides too.

"We really enjoy putting this show on every year and this year we are hoping to break the £4,000 mark. Last year we equalled it so we will keep trying to beat that this year."

The show will take place on Sunday, May 19, at the Corton playing fields, NR32 5HW.

Entry is free but donations are requested.

As well as the array of classic cars and bikes, there will also be children's entertainment including a bouncy castle and inflatables.

For more information call Mr Smith on 01502 730505 or email

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