This is a picture heavy post but there’s really no other way of giving a true flavour of the event.
For the last few years a regular fixture on my calendar has been the Vintage & Steam Rally and Country Fair. Held near the village of Heskin, to the south of Preston in Lancashire. This year’s was the 27th holding of the two day get together of vehicles and agricultural machinery, along with displays, collectors stalls, entertainment and of course food.
By the way the headline image is the wonderful Bond Bug. Shaped like a wedge of cheese, it’s a fibreglass bodied three wheeled car that owes it’s origins to a quirk in the UK’s vehicle taxation system. Not having four wheels it wasn’t classed a car so it paid the tax at motorcycle rates. This meant a big saving for beginner drivers who didn’t mind the exciting experience of going around a fast bend in a lightweight vehicle that didn’t have a wheel at each corner.
On the day I went, as you will see from the photos, the weather was not at it’s kindest but that’s the roller coaster gamble you take with any event during the British summer. That didn’t put off the crowds though who flocked to see the tractor parade, vintage and more modern cars. A section was as ever devoted to small, agricultural engines. All lined up and gleaming they chugged happily away, a statement to the time and effort spent on repair and restoration by their proud owners. In another corner a miniature hay bailer spun happily away turning out doll’s house sized hay bails.
If you like heavy HGV or military vehicles, this is also the event for you, the proceeds from it support a local charity, Rainbow House.
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