Photo Gallery: Crowds flock to Stradsett Vintage Rally

The Stradsett Steam Rally. Picture: Ian Burt The Stradsett Steam Rally. Picture: Ian Burt

Sunday, May 4, 2014
6:56 PM

Thousands flocked to a Norfolk country estate for a vintage vehicle rally.

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There were queues at Stradsett Park, near Downham Market for the first day of the two-day show.

Stewards had to open extra car parking to cope with the numbers arriving for the estate’s 38th rally.

Organiser Gordon Carson, from the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club, said: “We’re full of everything - cars, tractors, steam engines, heavy horses. We couldn’t have prayed for anthing to be any better.

“The exhibitors come along in their droves with their lovely machines. If it wasn’t for them, there wouldn’t be a show.”

The smell of hot oil and paraffin wafted on the breeze as vintage tractors queued for their moment of glory in the show ring.

While some devote their spare time to tending a vintage David Brown Selectamatic or Massey Ferguson, others prefer old military vehicles or classic cars.

Both were out in force - along with enthusiasts tending lines of vintage generators, which powered machinery in the days before mains electricity, and a bevvy of traction engines.

The event continues on Bank Holiday Monday, from 10am - 5pm, at Stradsett, off the A134. Adults £5 admission, under-16s free.

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