Brand new Ferrari on show at Essex primary school

CLAMOURING all over a �200,000 Ferrari supercar was all in a days work for lucky pupils at a village primary school.

Children at Finchingfield CE have been studying travel and transport and last Wednesday the subject was brought to life as a host of volunteers gave up their time to bring an awesome assortment of vehicles to town.

Supercars, classic cars, tractors, the police helicopter, fire engines and superbikes were just some of the exhibits on show as children got to sit in, look around and learn.

Leading the show was organiser Jon Oakley whose company, Oakley Design, modifies supercars so they reach the highest possible spec.

He said: “Initially the school asked me to show the kids a few of our supercars as year one is covering transport this term.

“I thought lets ask a few local people and companies and see what we could put together.”

After making a few calls it became apparent that even at short notice members of community were willing to help and pull together a great show.

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“The plan was then not to let the school know too much so it would be a great surprise,” said Mr Oakley.

“We wanted the children to see all forms of transport, both old and new, be it bikes, cars, trains, or tractors – in fact it ranged from 1899 to 2010.”

The children got to learn about the history of each vehicle before get the chance to touch it and sit in it or on it. This even included a ‘sound off’ between the police car and fire engine, including an explanation on why they make different sounds.

Mr Oakley added: “It was a great. When the kids arrived at the playing fields you could hear and see their excitement.”

The icing on the cake was a surprise visit from the Essex police helicopter which although had agreed to hover over the village actually ended up having a bit more time and landed to allow the pupils on board.

35-year-old teacher Sarah Nurthen has been at the school for over two years. She said she had never seen anything like it.

“It was brilliant. The children were blown away by it. It linked wonderfully into our travelling and transport topic at the school. We want to say a massive thanks to Jon for his efforts.

“The children loved every vehicle there. Despite having the Ferrari and helicopter though it seemed that the tractor was still the most popular!”

A list of vehicles and suppliers follows. Finchingfield Primary School and Mr Oakley said a big thank you to all of them and hope to repeat the afternoon next year.

- Ferrari 458 Italia, Porsche 997 GT2 from Oakley Design.

- 1899 Automoto tricycle, 1934 MG PA, 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom 2 from Massey Ferguson

- Tractor MF35 from 1960s from Jonathan Wood Restorations.

- 1948 A1 Pepercorn steam train, 1934 Gresley V2 steam train, Mr Judson.

- 1934 3litre Lagonda Tourer called ‘Daisy’ Mr and Mrs Wadeson.

- BMW S1000RR Superbike, Cannon Motorcycles, Braintree.

- Suzuki GSXZ 750 Sportsbike, Parkinson Motorcycles, Colchester.

- Police BMW 330D traffic car Essex Police.

- Fire Engine, Wethersfield fire station.

- Class 640 Tractor, Manns Blake End.

- 1985 Skyway BMX, 2010 Carbon Fibre Tour de France bike, uni-cycle from Missing Link Cycles.

- G-ESEX EC 135 Eurocopter, Essex Police.