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Thursday, April 25, 2013
One lucky winner could drive off with a beautifully restored classic car, all for the price of a £2.50 raffle ticket.
Members of the Norwich Classic Vehicle Club have spent several months carefully restoring a 1970 DAF 33 and they are now putting it into a prize draw to raise funds for the neonatal intensive care unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Lewis Turner, one of the members of the club, said: “It is almost a unique opportunity to obtain an exceptionally rare car in the UK.
“According to the website www.howmanyleft.co.uk there’s only about 20 DAF 33s left in the UK in a roadworthy condition.”
DAF 33s were manufactured in Holland and this particular car - which is called Isabelle - was registered in 1970.
Adrian Stebbeds, the club’s membership secretary, said: “We have totally restored the car and someone for £2.50 can drive it off the field on the day of the raffle,
“It took about three months to restore and it is a nice little car. For people in the classic car world especially, it’s a lovely prize.”
Norwich Classic Vehicle Club acquired the DAF 33 from friends of Mr Turner’s in Anglesey, and he and Mr Stebbeds made the nearly 700 mile round trip last October to bring the car to Purely Classics, in Shipdham, where the club’s members spent a few months working hard to restore the car to its former glory.
Mr Turner said: “We have done an extensive amount of work on the car. All the bodywork has been done, it has had a complete respray and a virtually new interior.
“All of the work was done by club members and almost everything we needed was donated.
“From start to finish we only had to pay about £50 to restore the car.”
Most of the materials needed were donated by local businesses and organisations including Essex DAFs. Purely Classics, run by Norwich Classic Vehicle Club member Les Heaton, donated the work space and provided the tools needed.
“We have done it for the love of classic cars and to raise money for the neonatal intensive care unit,” said Mr Turner.
“It is a subject that is close to several people’s hearts in the club.”
He said ticket sales for the raffle were going well. Drayton Insurance Services has also provided insurance so club members can take the car to various shows to boost awareness of the raffle.
The car has its MOT and insurance so the winner will be able to drive off with the car on the day of the draw, and the DAF Owners Club has also donated a year’s membership to their club for the winner,
• Raffle tickets for the DAF 33 draw cost £2.50. To buy a ticket call Mr Turner on 07901 590806.
The raffle draw will take place on June 2 at Norwich Classic Vehicle Club’s funday from 10am until 4pm at Anglian Windows Social Club.