Century-old car trials return to Essex for the re-creation of the Layer Marney Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:12 15 August 2017

Cars line up at the Layer Marney Cup last weekend. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Cars line up at the Layer Marney Cup last weekend. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

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Dozens of gleaming cars could be found in the grounds of Audley End House last weekend for the re-creation of the Layer Marney Cup.

One of the classic cars sets off at the Layer Marney Cup last weekend. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOOne of the classic cars sets off at the Layer Marney Cup last weekend. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

The event was originally held on June 6, 1914, and was a car fuel consumption trial.

To celebrate its 103rd anniversary, a route was set for cars around Essex, with participants travelling to Layer Marney Tower via Colne Valley Railway in Castle Hedingham on August 13.

Almost every era of car was on display for people to see as they hummed across the county, with the oldest this year being a 1920 Bugatti T13 and 1923 Vauxhall 30-98.

The route covered 60 miles before drivers and their passengers were able to tuck into afternoon tea and enjoy the awards ceremony at the finish line, in Tiptree.

Judith Carr and Joanna Human - the granddaughter and great granddaughter of Fred Byford who won the first Layer Marney cup. They are holding the original cup from 1914. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTOJudith Carr and Joanna Human - the granddaughter and great granddaughter of Fred Byford who won the first Layer Marney cup. They are holding the original cup from 1914. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Sheila Charrington, who resurrected the event in 2014, said: “The trials attract a magnificent collection of cars and such a happy and friendly bunch of participants, all proudly showing off their machinery.”

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