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‘Virtual Car Meet’ attracts visitors from around the world.

Article: Jonathan White

The most recent monthly ‘Off The Rails Classic Car Meet’ at Crewe Heritage Centre on Vernon Way in Crewe, which took place in March 2020, had a record attendance of nearly 150 vehicles and several hundred visitors.

Unfortunately, meets at Crewe Heritage Centre from April onward have had to be temporarily cancelled due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

However, the group’s Social Media Officer, Lee Smith, has not let the virus stop their activities altogether and had the ingenious idea of setting up an online ‘Virtual Car Meet’ to a global audience.

Owners of European and American cars, vans, trucks, motorbikes and static engines from anywhere in the world can add a photo and description of their vehicle to the ‘Coffee at the cafe’ Facebook page. 

Dozens of owners have already proudly posted a photo and the occasional video of their vehicle onto the page, which has allowed the positivity of the event to continue online, despite the unprecedented restrictions that the pandemic has caused. 

Off The Rails Classic Car Meet founder, Ken Smith, said: “My son Lee sorts all the posters and social media for the Off The Rails Classic Car Meets and came up with the idea of a Virtual Car Meet. We have had a good response not only from within the UK but from the USA as well. Everyone is welcome to join in and show off their pride and joys from the safety of their own homes. Please just post photos with a description and whereabouts in the world you are located. Please take care, be safe and carry on “virtual” cruising.”

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