Steyning abuzz with excitement as supercars roar into town

Crowds lined the whole of Steyning High Street
Crowds lined the whole of Steyning High Street
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Supercars roared into Steyning as part of a grand tour of the district.

Crowds lined the whole of Steyning High Street and there was a buzz of excitement as the Italian vehicles arrived in town.

The fantastic McLaren

The fantastic McLaren

They had already visited Horsham, Billingshurst, Pulborough and Storrington, with Steyning being the second to last stop on the tour.

Reina Alston, from Steyning and District Community Partnership’s visitors and tourism group, said: “The day really was a whole lot of excitement – the roar of those cars is really something!

“Steyning was abuzz with large crowds, a French market, the sunshine and ultimately, the Italian cars.”

The whole event on Sunday kicked off at around 10.30am, with a French market and visitors crowded in to view all that was on offer.

A red Ferrari

A red Ferrari

The laden stalls were more than enough to keep people occupied while waiting for the main event – the arrival of the Italian supercars.

At 1.30pm, the High Street was officially closed and then the excitement really began.

Reina said: “The road became full of people, all trying to calculate the best spot from which to view the spectacle.

“The clock ticked by, the anticipation rose and then suddenly the roar of engines as they rounded the corner to pounce on Steyning.”

The French market

The French market

Parking marshall Garry Mortimer-Cook had quite a task, ensuring the magnificent vehicles were parked up with enough room to allow the crowds to walk round and inspect them.

Once they were all in place, a wave of people descended on the wonderful display and pictures were taken of particular favourites, with lots of discussion and looking at the engines.

Reina added: “The 45-minute stopover was over all too quickly and it was time to release the mighty machines and send them on their way to Henfield, the last port of call for the district rally.

“Now it was time to visit one of the many eateries open to enjoy a spot to eat, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee to talk about the day the Italian cars came to Steyning – a fantastic, happy occasion.

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