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Surrey Street Rodders' Wheels Day event goes virtual because of coronavirus pandemic

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Surrey Street Rodders' Wheels Day event goes virtual because of coronavirus pandemic

Published by Lettie Buxton at 1:39pm 8th April 2020. (Updated at 3:28pm 8th April 2020)

Custom car club Surrey Street Rodders' 46th Wheels Day event is back this week - but the coronavirus outbreak means it is taking on a new format.

The annual car show is usually held on Good Friday, with hot rods, custom cars, dragsters, English and American classics, commercials, military vehicles, competition cars and bikes all coming together at the annual event.

Money raised at the event goes into supporting charitable causes throughout the rest of the year.

But, this year, due to COVID-19, Wheels Day has had to be postponed to September.

However the organisers still wanted to mark the event this week -  so are hosting a virtual version tomorrow morning (9 April) through to 3pm on Friday (10 April).

Grahame Smith spoke to The Peter Gordon Breakfast Show this morning (8 April) about what will happen during the virtual event:

"46 years of Wheels Day on Good Friday and we thought 'we can't let it go, we've got to do something'.

"We're asking all the guys who have been to Wheels Day in the past or who were intending to come this year to grab their smartphone and wander round their car, just for a couple of minutes, explaining bits to people as though they were actually at the show and walking the people round."

There will also be running commentary and local band Sweet Georgia Boys will perform.

This time, instead of asking for donations, Surrey Street Rodders will be giving funds out live on air throughout the day to hospitals, disabled groups and food banks.

The official event will now take place on 5 September from 10am to 4pm at the Rushmoor Arena in Aldershot.

Find out more about how to join in tomorrow on the Surreyl Street Rodders Facebook page.