Clifton College is an Independent boarding and day school for girls and boys in the heart of Clifton – a delightful suburb to the west of Bristol. This year it is celebrating 150 years of education. With an inherent science, engineering and design background the college continues to encourage young people to ‘get into’ engineering. Clifton College has four events organised during the year – The Clifton College Classic Car Wheeze being the first.
A static display of stunning classic cars were carefully displayed around the The Close, together with a jet engine, a helicopter, radio controlled cars, the world’s fastest super sonic car The Bloodhound, Starsky and Hutch’s Ford Gran Torino and The Dukes of Hazzard car The General Lee Dodge Charger, the £330k Toyota Lexus Hybrid supercar, the original Hilux – used by Jeremy Clarkson in a Top Gear special, food stalls, fashion/vintage stalls, the stocks, a hot air balloon, the The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Freefall Display Team, The Tigers dropped in – literally, oh, and the really quirky Hot Potato Syncopators’ livened up the lunch hour with their toe tapping tunes.
Speeches were made from the Pavillion by John Milne Headmaster of Clifton College Prep School, and Carol Vorderman MBE (of Countdown fame) picked the winning raffle ticket – supporting The Great Western Air Ambulance charity.
The prize winner duly took off from The Close in a red helicopter followed by a rather stunning aerobatic display from a Spitfire which was a real crowd pleaser. A fitting finale to a fun afternoon.
Former pupil at Clifton College Ryan Bresnaham died suddenly in 2010 of Meningitis B. – The charity A Life For A Cure helps raise awareness and funds. Information http://www.ryanbresnahan.org/ryans-story/