The Dean and his Daimler

The Very Revd Graham Smith in his Daimler Dart Credit: ITV News Anglia

A special gathering of classic cars is taking place in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral today (Sat).

The idea came from the Dean of Norwich the Very Revd Graham Smith who is displaying his own treasured Daimler SP250 which was left to him by his brother after his death in 2004.

It is believed to be the first time there has been a ‘Dart Cathedral Meeting’.

Built by British manufacturer Daimler between 1959 and 1964, the SP250, affectionately known as the ‘Dart’, was a revolutionary British sports car featuring a 2.5 litre V8 engine and glass-fibre body.

Boasting a top speed of 124mph, the SP250 was extremely popular due to its performance, so much so that the Metropolitan Police used the car for high speed pursuits.

The sports car has also gained fame on the silver screen, making an appearance alongside Elvis Presley in the 1964 film Viva Las Vegas, and most recently starring in Olly Murs’ music video, Please don’t let me go!