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Rotary - driving force behind annual Pedal Car Grand Prix
Event raises £26,500 for local charities
 
By KATHY UGLOW
Photos courtesy of PYRAMID TORBAY PHOTOGRAPHY
CROWDS flocked to the 2013 Rotary Pedal Car Grand Prix which celebrated its 35th year bathed in glorious sunshine.cars

The popular two-hour endurance race, held on Torre Abbey Meadows, attracted more than 8,000 spectators and raised £26,500 for local charities.

The Rotary Club of Babbacombe and St Marychurch pulls out all the stops for this exciting event and it has become one of the Bay’s major summer attractions. This year 10 teams of daredevil racers braved the blistering heat to compete for a trophy and in the process raise funds for charity.

President of the Rotary Club of Babbacombe and St Marychurch Daniel Boatwright said: “This was a fantastic day and praise goes to all of the participants who gave their all on the track in such testing conditions.

“The club would also like to thank all of the stall-holders and organisations involved who helped to make this event such a huge success.”crowds

Watching over the proceedings and helping to judge the best dressed team, was Miss Torbay Robyn Thomas and her attendants Chloe Whitford and Lucy Black.

Commentating on the racing was Torbay Hospital Radio and attractions on the day included a giant bouncy castle, fun stalls, bric-a-brac, live entertainment, refreshments, a barbecue, drinks bar and some very popular home-made cakes.

Daniel added: “The ladies in the tea tent surpassed themselves with their home-made goodies, however, the barbecue  proved so popular, it had sold out of burgers and hotdogs by mid afternoon.”

Pit stopIn the entertainment arena the crowds were treated to a Zumba taster session by Paul Harrison, belly dancing by the Pyramid Belly Dancers, a plethora of dance courtesy of Danceworks Devon and talented vocals by soloists Atlanta Rose, Josh Bidder and Lewis Cudmore. Rounding off the day was the sounds of local rock band 4th Base.

In true Formula One style the winning racers celebrated with a traditional bottle of bubbly presented by club president Daniel Boatwright.

The results were: Best Turned Out Team — Prodirect; Most Laps in a Standard Car —Patient Transport, South Devon Healthcare (100 laps); Most Laps in Works Car — South Western Ambulance Service (111 laps); and Fastest Car —10th Torbay Sea Scouts.

A special thank you must be given to South Devon College who worked so hard to maintain all of the pedal cars.
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