A vintage day as rally is a record breaker

Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend was held at Calder Holmes Park
Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend was held at Calder Holmes Park

Two days of glorious sunshine saw Hebden Bridge Rotary Club’s vintage car rally 2013 turn in to a double record breaker.

An unprecedented 10,000 people packed in to Calder Holmes Park over the weekend to enjoy the sight of cars, motorcycles and tractors of yesteryear.

Rain did not hit the area until the rally was virtually over. And organisers believe that a record amount has been raised for local charities and good causes.

Club president Brian Boocock said: “There were more vehicles here on the Sunday than last year and there was a better show on the

Saturday.

“The weather has been very kind – we have been very lucky.

“I think the final figure will be up on last year. That’s going to mean more money for us to distribute back into the community via local charities and good causes.

“The event not only brings thousands of people from outside the town to the show, it also spills out into the town. So it’s also a great event for local businesses.”

On display on the Saturday were classic cars from 1970 to 1992; motorcycles and scooters from 1970 to 1992; Rolls Royce and Bentley cars of any age; replica or kit cars of any age; military vehicles; pre-1972 tractors; pre-1970 registered vehicles and an array of novelty vehicles.

On Sunday, the busier day, there were vintage cars up to 1930; post vintage cars from 1931 to 1939; post war cars 1940 to 1971; motor cycles and scooters up to 1971; commercial vehicles up to 1971; American vehicles up to 1971 and military vehicles. There will be prizes for best in class and the usual Sunday morning scenic run. Any spare space was taken up by food and drink kiosks, stalls, fairground rides and entertainment tents.

Club secretary Neil Croft said: “I would like to thank the people of Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley, who always turn out to support us. We have local sponsors and we couldn’t do it without them.

“I would also like to thank the Rotary members for their time because they do it on a voluntary basis. We have also had 17 or 18 of our members’ wives helping out and we certainly couldn’t have managed without them.”

For videos from the event, visit www.hebdenbridgetimes.co.uk or www.todmordennews.co.uk.

Results:

A-Classic Cars 1970 to 1959: 1, A071 Tiny Tornber Bolton 1974 Morris Marina; 2, A078 Anon. Haifax 1971 Volvo P1800E.

B-Classic Cars 1960 to 1992: 1, B001 Roger Thornton Barnsley 1982 Mercedes 280L; 2, B030 K Sheridan York 1992 Rover 2014 SEL Cabrilet.

C-Classic Motorcycles 1970 to 1992: 1, C005 Anon. Holmfirth 1974 Ducati 750 GT.

D-Rolls Royce & Bentley: 1, D007 J G Farrar Sowerby Bridge 1939 Rolls Royce Wraith.

E-Replica and Kit Cars: 1, E005 David Britcliffe Brigg 2009 DAX 437 Cobra.

G-Pre 1992 Tractors: 1, G002 David A. Kendall Hebden Bridge 1962 Porsche Diesel Junior 109.

H-Pre 1971 Registered vehicle: 1, H029 Michael Livesley Rossendale 1968 Ford Lotus Cortina; 2, H041 Steven Bottomley Elland 1949 Bentley Mk 7 Special.

J-Novelty Vehicle: 1, J001 Mark Foster Rochdale Rolls Royce electric.

M-Veteran & Vintage Cars up to 1930: 1, M013 G Catlow Nelson 1929 Ford A; 2, M021 T Chesters Keighley 1924 Belsize 14/30 tourer; 3, M014 G Cornthwaite Baxenden 1913 Scat Tourer.

N-Post Vintage Cars 1931 to 1939: 1, N049 Anon. Clitheroe 1935 Alvis Speed 20 Mayfair saloon; 2, N040 E Rhodes Hebden Bridge 1934 Riley Kestral; 3, N026 T Wilder Leeds 1937 MG TA Midget.

P-Post War Cars 1940 to 1959: 1, P089 S Hastings Keighley 1959 MG TA Midget; 2, P065 D Hilliam Liversedge 1953 MG YB1; 3, P042 J & M Rushworth Sowerby Bridge 1950 Bentley Mk6.

Q-Post War Cars 1960 to 1971: 1, Q049 S J Brownson Doncaster 1962 Ford Zephyr; 2, Q081 J M Crabtree Sowerby Bridge 1964 Daimler Dart; 3, Q030 G Gothard Hebden Bridge 1967 Morris Taveller.

R-Motorcycles up to 1971: 1, R012 B Tyreman Keighley 1930 Norton 24; 2, RD01 B Wilson Huddersfield 1947 AJS 16 MC trials; 3, R010 R King Bradford 1946 Panther 60.

S-Commercial vehicles up to 1971: 1, S003 P H Miller Rochdale 1956 Morris Rmail Va; 2, S001 J & D Hughes Colne 1961 Austin mini van.

T-American Vehicles up to 1971: 1, T004 J & M Rushworth Sowerby Bridge 1939 Buick 46C.

U-Military Vehicles: 1, U006 J Cowan Oldham 1954 Austin Champ.

Best in Show: N049 Anon. Clitheroe 1935 Alvis Speed 20.