Sparkling classic cars draw crowds

Classic cars draw interest at this weekend's vintage car rally at Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge
Classic cars draw interest at this weekend's vintage car rally at Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge
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Car lovers took a trip down memory lane to browse around hundreds of classic and vintage vehicles at Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge.

The annual car rally attracted a bumper number of entries and the crowds to match.

On show were cars, military vehicles, and motorcycles along with stalls and live music from Doctor Jazz.

The Vintage Weekend Car and Motorcycle Rally is run by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge and proceeds are ploughed back into good causes.

Club secretary Neil Croft said there were over 200 vehicles on Saturday which was a record turnout and even more on Sunday.

“I think because so many shows have been cancelled due to the weather car owners’ were desperate to get to a show,” he said.

Classic cars up to 1991 took centre stage on Saturday and vintage cars assembled on Sunday dating from a 1907 Niclausse through to 1970 motors.

“The majority arrive from West Yorkshire and Lancashire but we do get some from the wider area,” said Mr Croft.

There were several motoring clubs and auto jumble stalls present and Mr Croft said it was very much a social event for the rally entrants.

“They get to meet other car owners and sit and chat,” he said.

“And the public like to visit as they can get close-up to the vehicles which are not roped-off.”

Peter Horsham, of Batley, brought his 1977 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow which he has owned for three years and said: “It’s fantastic. You get to meet lots of different people and everyone mingles in.”

Nigel France, of Worsley, Manchester, showed his 1972 Triumph Stag, and it was his first time at the Hebden Bridge show.

“I enjoy the running out to shows and this has a nice atmosphere with the music,” he said.

Mr Croft said this year much of the money raised would be spent on flood relief following the devastating foods which recently hit the Calder Valley.

The rally closes today (Sun) at 5 pm.