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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Hundreds of vehicles at Cumbrian vintage rally

Three hundred vintage vehicles motored from across the region to show themselves off in the west Cumbrian sunshine.

Whitehaven hairdresser Andrew Swain was among the exhibitors at West Cumbria Vintage Rally in Distington on Sunday.

He has driven Mini Coopers for 20 years and yesterday he brought along his 1969 Mk2 vehicle, complete with a roof rack and picnic blanket laid out in front of it.

Andrew, 37, of Thornhill, said: “I had my first Mini when I was 17. I must have had six in the last 20 years. It’s the whole classic scene.

“I like to support local events. I get to meet up with other owners and talk about our motors and swap ideas.”

Thousands of visitors flocked to Hayes Castle Farm to admire vehicles from bikes to lorries and enjoy other activities, from Viking re-enactments, dancing, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling and tug-of-war to fairground rides, donkey rides and stalls.

Among the exhibitors was Helen Holliday, 62, of Northfield Avenue, High Harrington, who brought her husband Tony’s 1976 Triumph Spitfire Mk5.

She said: “It’s fun. You meet lots of people. You get different people coming round saying ‘I can remember when I drove one of them’. The history they come out with is fun.”

One of the people who admired the Hollidays’ car was first-time visitor Simon Fielder, 25, of Wether Riggs Road, Workington.

He said: “My grandma used to have one and ever since I have been told about it and I got to see one I have always wanted one. Today for the first time I have sat in one so I’m very happy.”

Another Triumph owner was Roger Burge, 69, of Coronation Drive, Workington. He showed his only car, a 1982 Triumph Acclaim, which he has owned for about 12 years. He said: “I enjoy the atmosphere and looking round the old vehicles.”

John Blair, 49, of Wigton, usually attends with his family to show vehicles but visited this year as a spectator. He said: “It’s a good local show. It allows people to showcase their vehicles and it helps keep the history alive and get people interested.”

Bob Sanderson, show secretary, said: “It’s gone very well and been very well attended. We were rather worried on Friday because it was pouring down. It’s been a team effort. All the West Cumbria Vintage Club members rally round at rally time. We look forward to seeing everybody back here next year on the first Sunday in July.”

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