Classic car show for charity a success

by Matt Smith and Pam O’Toole

Heads turned as a procession of elegant vintage cars made their way along Chiswick High Road on Sunday afternoon.

The cars, some of them almost a century old, were brought together for a mini classic car show in aid of Hounslow FoodBox, a local food charity.

Said to be the first event of its kind locally, car enthusiasts were offered the chance to inspect the historic vehicles on Homefield Road, off Chiswick High Road, in exchange for either a £5 donation or a bag of food for the charity.

Images by Pam O’Toole

The oldest models were a 1930s Austin 7 and a 1948 supercharged MG TC. The newest was a 1993 Mini.

For car geeks, the full list of automative participants in Sunday’s event included: a 1930’s Austin 7,  1948 supercharged MG TC,  1973 Porsche 911T with RSR racing engine,  1950’s Jaguar XK140, a Daimler 2.5 litre V8 and a Jaguar 4.2 litre E-type (both from 1967), a 1978 VW Beetle convertible and a 1993 Mini.

“Given the enthusiasm from owners and attendees, further events are likely” Howard Sharp, one of the event’s organisers, told The Chiswick Calendar.

The event raised £750 and a dozen bags of food for Hounslow FoodBox.

Images by Valentina Glitter

Food charity sees sevenfold increase in demand

Hounslow FoodBox is a volunteer run charity. The coronavirus crisis, and the resulting (and continuing) job layoffs, means there is now more demand for its services than ever.

The charity, which is based in Brentford, provides emergency food and support and advice to those who are in need and live in LB Hounslow.

Since the pandemic has taken hold, Hounslow Foodbox has seen a substantial increase in referrals. At the beginning of April, there were as many referrals received in one week as in two months last year which almost exhausted the charities food stores completely.

Now more than ever, they are relying on the kindness of the community in order to fulfil referrals to help those less fortunate by donating their time, money or food during this crisis.

If you’d like more information or to make a donation go to their website at:

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