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  1. 1. Edenbridge Car PageantWhere and WhenOn Monday 26th May I drove a few miles south to Edenbridge to see (and hear) for myself what the carpageant I had read about had to offer.The weather was overcast and wet, not ideal for such an occasion. The event was organized by the EdenValley Chamber of Commerce as part of the Edenbridge Fun Day.As a member of the Oxted Chamber of Commerce I caught site of an email from our chairman letting usknow what another local chamber were up to over the Bank Holiday weekend. Im very glad I took noteof this because what unfolded filled me with delight and added so much to my visual and mental portfolioof cars! All on my doorstep in Fircroft Way, Edenbridge, Kent.John Surtees OBEEdenbridge is the hometown of Motor sport legend John Surtees OBE.This year John is celebrating 50 years since he won his Formula 1 World Championship title as well ashis 80th birthday.John Surtees OBE is a one off; the only person to have won World Championships on both two andfour wheels. John proudly showcased his F1 bikes and cars outside his Bradford shop, Station Road, theSurtees team factory and business base for the past 56 years.The cars were built at this address and mainly by local residents.Edenbridge High Street was closed to allow the parade to take centre stage. It was led by John in theFerrari 158 which he won the 1964 Formula One Drivers World Championship, and was followed byTeam Surtees Formula 1 cars of the Seventies driven by Scott Malvern and Robbie Kerr.
  2. 2. Exhibition and BookJohn will be launching his book My Incredible Life on Two and Four Wheels on June 19th 2014.The book contains over 250 photographs some of which were on display at TOPFOTO Gallery alsoin Fircroft Way. The photographs are an incredible account of an incredible man. The majority of thephotographs were taken by John Topham a documentary photographer who lived in Edenbridge untilhe died in 1992, please follow the link to find out more about him http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Topham_(photographer). The book can be ordered from Evro Publishing.The exhibition was an added bonus to my afternoon as it showcased some of Johns finest moments,even better, it was an opportunity to own a limited edition print signed by John Surtees and very rea-sonablypriced too, 50 for an unframed A3 print.Fund RaisingThe event raised funds for the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Association and The Henry Sur-teesFoundation.The foundation was set up in memory of Johns son Henry who was tragically killed in a freak accidentat Brands Hatch in 2009 aged just 18 years, whilst competing.The PageantI was pleasantly surprised to see so many owners turn up with their cars and bikes, they had travelledfrom all over the country to take part in this prestigious event.I chatted to a few of them who were happy to tell me the history of their cars, one man told me hebought his MG when he was just 18 years old and has owned it for the past 36 years, and was passing itover to his son to enjoy.Amongst the parade were Ferrari, Aston Martin, MG, Corvette Stingray, Lotus, BMW, Morris Cowleyto name just a few. They followed Johns parade of cars and gathered at the Lingfield Road recreationground, the other end of town, for all to enjoy as part of the fun day.It was a very enjoyable Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, thanks to all involved who made this the greatsuccess it was, despite the great British weather.All part of my other passion in life photographing Classic and Super cars.You can see and read a bit more about this on my website www.stellascordellis.comIf you would like to commission me to take photographs of you, your family, or your cars, then pleaseget in touch.Bye for now!