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Car cruisers appeal for base

ORGANISERS of a car cruise burnout held in Winsford on Sunday night say they would like a permanent base in the area.

ORGANISERS of a car cruise burnout held in Winsford on Sunday night say they would like a permanent base in the area.

Around 100 souped-up cars descended on Winsford Shopping Centre's multi-storey car park for the event, which was co-ordinated over the internet.

Drivers used the space to perform handbrake turns, known as 'doughnuts', and 'burnouts' by revving braked engines, or simply took time to admire a number of customised cars on show.

Organisers admit they did not have permission to hold the event ­- which is legal as long as consent to use the car park is given ­- but said they had written to Vale Royal Borough Council asking for permission to set up a permanent base.

Tim Millington, of the group Cruise North West, said: 'We wrote to the council a while ago, but we have not heard anything from them.

'What we would like is somewhere that we could meet regularly to hold car cruises. The majority of people would not mind paying an entrance fee if it was all legal and above board, but we need somewhere big enough.

'If it was official we could have St John Ambulance there for health and safety.

'We were at Winsford on Sunday night with about 100 cars. They range in price from about £50 to £50,000.

'Some of the cars are customised and a lot of them just park up and people come and look at them. One of the drivers at Winsford had a Lancia Delta Integrale, which was probably worth about £20,000.

'But some of the drivers do like to race around and pull handbrake turns. We didn't have permission to do it, we just turned up. It's difficult to get permission to use a car park because it can cause a lot of damage.'

Tim, 29, of Weaverham, has been involved in car cruise burnouts for five years, since he started with a group of friends.

He said: 'Car Cruise North West has a mailing list with about 800 members. There are other car cruise clubs all over the country.

'I was involved in organising a meeting in Blackpool recently where there was about 1,500 cars driving round. It is very popular, particularly in Mid Cheshire and I know a lot of people are getting into it in Winsford.'

Cllr Tony Hooton said there was nowhere suitable in the area to stage burnouts.

He said: 'If people want to show off by driving cars around and performing hand brake turns then fine, but a public car park in the middle of a town centre is not the right place for it.

'They need a safe and more appropriate place, but I don't think there is anywhere suitable in this area.'


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