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Classic car fan of the nursing home receives a special birthday present

One CLASSIC car fanatic remained “speechless, grinning ear to ear” after a collection of vehicles appeared outside the door of his Dorset nursing home.

Team members from Newstone House in Sturminster Newton organized a special birthday present for their resident Jim Atkins earlier this month.

Mr. Atkins has a longstanding interest in automobiles and was delighted to see nine different vehicles brought home after Sturminster Home Club officials contacted Newton Car and Bike Enthusiasts.

“There were so many cars that I wanted to drive them all. It was wonderful. Thank you to everyone who contributed, ”said Atkins.

Cars on display included an Alvis sedan from the early 1950s, various vehicles from the 1960s, a US Army Jeep from Normandy Landings, and a Porsche 911.

Most notably, Atkins was brought back by a red Sunbeam Alpine that was made famous by appearances in 1960s films such as the James Bond film Dr. No and the Michael Caine comedy Gambit became famous in popular culture.

Weymouth-born Jim, a retired farmer, has been a classic car enthusiast all his life with a particular penchant for red models.

Dorset Echo: ON SHOW.  Sturminster Newton Car & Bike enthusiasts are showing some of their vehicle collections.  Your visit to Colten Care's highly rated Newstone House was arranged as a special treat for resident and classic car enthusiast Jim Atkins.

Auto Club founder Chris Spackman, who arrived in the Porsche 911, said: “It was an absolute joy and very rewarding for us to meet Jim and a roommate and give them pleasure and the opportunity to enjoy our vehicles. “.”

Mr. Atkin’s special birthday present was organized by Colten Care’s Newstone House team, who were delighted to put a smile on the faces of its residents.

Karlene Duffy, Team Leader Comradeship at Newstone House, said, “Jim always talks about auto shows he’s been to and he’s passionate about classic cars, with fond memories of red ones in particular.

“When the owners’ club kindly offered to show Jim part of his collection, we thought it would be a nice Christmas present for him and an opportunity to bring back memories of driving on the open road for years.

“We weren’t disappointed – Jim was speechless most of the time, grinning from ear to ear.”

Sturminster Newton car and bicycle enthusiasts regularly have an event in town every first Saturday of the month.

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