Classic car fans can look forward to seeing a very special vehicle at the vintage rally on Sunday.
A 1936 Morris 10/4 owned by Peter and Kate Marshall from Hexham will take part in the 6th Vintage Vehicle Rally being hosted by the Forestry Commission in Kielder Water & Forest Park on Sunday 13 May.
The event is now a fun celebration of the golden days of motoring. More than 170 tractors, cars, motorbikes and buses will descend on 18th century Kielder Castle.
Peter said: “It’s a lovely car and runs like clockwork. Originally it cost £175 and in its day it was quite step forward in motoring and the kind of vehicle the local professional would have driven such as the doctor or bank manager.
“During the war they were used by the army bomb disposal squad. My wife was a bit sceptical at first, but she loves it. It polishes up really well.”
When the first bought the car it had dodgy brakes, vague steering, and woodworm in the floor. But now it is in tip-top condition!
North East England vintage vehicles
This year’s rally has been organised by Wesley Turnbull, from Bellingham, a retired Jumbo jet flight engineer.
“We’ve got motorbikes from the 1930s and all kinds of family cars spanning the decades,” said Wesley. “Interest in vintage vehicles is alive and kicking in the North East and Borders as the great turnout proves.”
A special walk will also be held during the event to mark the 150th anniversary of the famous Kielder Viaduct, which carried its last train in 1958 and is now owned by the Northumberland and Newcastle Society.
The event runs from 10.30am to 4pm and entry is free. For further details contact Kielder Castle Visitor Centre on 01434 250209, or go to www.visitkielder.com.