More entries than ever as car buffs brave the rain

Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend. Classic cars at Calderholmes.
Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend. Classic cars at Calderholmes.

MORE than 100 years of motoring were represented at this year’s Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend.

The two-day spectacular – organised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge – attracted a record number of entries for visitors to enjoy.

Scenic runfor cars taking part in the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend. Cars have set off from Mytholmroyd and are travelling through the heavy rain over Blackstone Edge on the A58

Scenic runfor cars taking part in the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend. Cars have set off from Mytholmroyd and are travelling through the heavy rain over Blackstone Edge on the A58

On the Saturday, despite a downpour and drizzle throughout the day, classic cars, motorcycles, kit cars and replicas, military vehicles and Bentleys were displayed in all their glory at Calder Holmes Park.

Rain fell again on Sunday, but the enthusiasts’ spirits were not dampened as veteran and vintage cars arrived on site, including the weekend’s oldest car, a 1910 Leon Bollee Laudelette – one of only two in the world. A scenic run involving up to 50 vehicles also took place from Moderna Business Park in Mytholmroyd on Sunday.

As well as the vehicles, visitors enjoyed many stalls around the field, selling automobilia and crafts.

Nigel Croft, one of the organisers, said he was impressed with the turn-out despite Saturday’s weather.

He said: “I think the remarkable thing is so many people turned up in the downpour in open top cars, just wanting to enjoy themselves.

“The replicas and kit cars were amazing – including AC Cobras and GT40s. They are absolutely classic cars, replicas not originals, that people have rebuilt.”

Exhibitors had come from as far as Gravesend in Kent and Barrow-in-Furness.

John Richardson, fellow organiser, added: “People come from all over England. I think, after Halifax show and Todmorden show, this is probably one of the biggest events in Calderdale.

“Everyone seems to have a good time when they come.”

Nigel Binks, of Pudsey, Leeds, was exhibiting his MK4 Ford Cortina.

He said: “I came to specatate one year and then brought my car for the last five years since. It’s a good show.”

Brian Taylor, of Belgrave Avenue, Halifax, said: “It’s great to come down and look around at the car. There are nice Cobras and an E-Type Jaguar.”

Results

Saturday

Classic cars 1969 to 1990: 1, Ben Williams - Eastby, 1973 Citroen DS; 2, Stephen Mitchell - Halifax, 1970 MG B Coupe; 3, Barry Horncastle - Liversedge, 1972 MG Roadster. Classic Motorcycles 1969 to 1990: 1, Mr A Ward, 1972 Norton Commando. Rolls Royce & Bentley: 1, Mr Farrar - Sowerby Bridge, 1936 Rolls Royce Wraith. Pre-1969 registered vehicle: 1, Paul Armstrong - Holmfirth, 1931 Vauxhall Cadet. Replica and kit cars: 1, Robert Pickles - Halifax, 2009 Aristocat Sports.

Sunday

Veteran & vintage cars up to 1930: 1, Geoff Tuley - Yorkshire Car Collection, 1910 Leon Bollee; 2, John Dowding - Padiham, 1928 Singer Senior; 3, S. Harding - Horbury, 1923 Crossley Tourer. Post-vintage cars 1931 to 1939: 1, E. Rhodes - Mytholmroyd, 1934 Riley kestrel 9; 2, Malcolm Tomlinson - Sheffield, 1935 Talbot AZ95; 3, Brian & June Smith - Lancaster, 1936 Rover 12 Tourer. Post-war cars 1940 to 1969: 1, Sue Gardner - Keighley, 1962 Ford Anglia 105 E; 2, Geoff Naylor - Brighouse, 1968 Volvo P1800 S; 3, J. Michael Crabtree - Sowerby Bridge, 1964 Daimler Dart V8. Motorcycles up to 1969: 1, Bernard Wilson - Huddersfield, 1947 AJS 16 MC; 2, Andrew Poole - Huddersfield, 1950 Sunbeam 57 Deluxe; 3, Alan Field - Bradford, 1950 Vincent Comet. Commercial vehicles up to 1968: 1, Jame Harrison - Silsden, 1939 Morris Van; 2, Peter H. Milner - Bamford, 1956 Morris Van; 3, Stephen Sutcliffe - Mytholmroyd, 1949 Ferguson Tractor. American vehilces up to 1969: 1, John Westwood - Knottingley, 1949 Buick Roadster. Military vehicles: 1, Bob Senior - Booth, Halifax, 1955 DAF Troop Carrier. Best in show: Geoff Tuley - Yorkshire Car Collection, 1910 Leon Bollee.