Decades of motoring history was brought to life at the North East’s biggest gathering of classic vehicles.
Over 600 cars and motorbikes, from Bentleys to Ferraris collectively worth around £6m, made their way to Corbridge yesterday for the annual event organised by MG Northumbria at Tynedale Park that began in 1997 with just 60 entries.
In addition to the classic cars of all makes, including some extremely rare examples there were also commercial vehicles, motor bikes and sports cars.
Ken Wood, a member of the organising team behind the show, said: “I would say we had around £6m-worth of classic cars. There were some fantastic vehicles there. I think the oldest was a 1915 Model T Ford and we also had Bentleys Aston Martins and Ferraris.
“We were a bit worried about it clashing with the Wimbledon final, but it doesn’t seem to have made a difference and we had around 4,000 people coming through the doors. We have gone from having just a handful of cars at our first one at Kirkley Hall to being the biggest in the region.
“There was a great atmosphere and lots of families who enjoyed chatting with the car owners, who always love to talk about their vehicles.”
Whickham and District Motor Club brought along an endurance rally car that will be taking part in the Mongol Rally, a charity dash across the continents to Mongolia, later in the month.
Entertainment included live music from the Moat Brothers, Hollys Band of Steel and other local musicians and there was also a dog agility display, children’s rides and the North East’s only F1 simulator.
In the last five years the show has raised almost £30,000 which has been given to local causes by MG Northumbria to benefit people in the area, and the club hopes to continue the good work this year.
The profits will be given to local charities and voluntary organisations who are invited to email the firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
MG Northumbria is the local area club of the national MG Owners Club. It is based at Backworth Hall near Whitley Bay and has over 90 members with MGs and other classic cars.
They meet monthly and have a wide variety of club runs and other activities during the year. For more information visit www.mgnorthumbria.org