Gathering a great vehicle for being residents together

PUBLISHED: 16:12 09 October 2016

Wally Webb, left, chose Colin Aldridge's 1917 Ford Model T as his favourite exhibit.

Wally Webb, left, chose Colin Aldridge's 1917 Ford Model T as his favourite exhibit.


Radio Norfolk’s Wally Webb joined a gathering of car and tractor enthusiasts at the New Victory Hall at Neatishead on Sunday.

This very local event saw more than 30 residents of Neatishead, Irstead and Barton Turf being tempted to bring their cherished vehicles to be seen by friends and neighbours – some for the first time.

Wally, a born-again Mod who came on his gorgeous Lambretta, fully loaded with mirrors, opened the event and chose his favourite exhibit – a beautiful 1917 Ford Model T. He presented a bottle of champagne to owner Colin Aldridge, of Barton Turf.

Visitors were amazed at the range on show which included a 1930s Austin Opal that had just completed the trip from John O’Groats to Lands End in the hands of two local farmers, a superb 1957 Mercedes-Benz, several Rovers from the period, a delightful 90 years young Rolls Royce known as ‘Daffodil’ and several super sports cars.

A special vehicle taking part was a 1937 Bedford lorry, which had spent all its working life in the villages, and brought along by David Wall, a respected vehicle restorer. He was accompanied by the John Yaxley, son of the original owner, to talk of its history and to add to the related display put on by the local community heritage group.

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