THOUSANDS of spectators lined the streets of New Milton on Sunday as fundraisers geared up for the pedal car grand prix.

Forty-nine teams representing local businesses, organisations and schools used pedal power to race around the Monaco-style town centre circuit. Crowds lined the track in scorching temperatures, watching the thrills and spills of drivers battling for pole position.

Race director Conrad Curtis said: “We are absolutely delighted with the turn-out on such a scorching day. Teams have come here from all over Britain to enjoy themselves.”

The biennial pedal car event, organised by New Milton Jubilee Fund Committee, raises thousands of pounds for charity. This year, after all expenses are paid, proceeds will be donated to youth charities based in the town.

Committee chairman Robin Ede said: “Unlike many charity events the race appeals to all ages; from seven to 70-year-olds. It’s not just about the money but we are hoping to raise several thousand pounds for worthy causes. We are grateful to Hampshire County Council for giving us permission to close off the town centre.”

Before the charity race, a classic car show was held at the town’s recreation ground with dealers showing off their old and new models. There was also an antiques fair in the memorial hall and an array of stalls.

The colourful event is supported by the New Milton Lions Club, New Milton Round Table, New Milton Rotary Club and Common Ground (New Forest) Trust.

See all our pictures from the New Milton Pedal Car Grand Prix in a gallery here