Vehicles transport visitors back to yesteryear in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

Dorset Echo: CLASSY: John Bramwell and his 1925 Singer CLASSY: John Bramwell and his 1925 Singer

VINTAGE Cars, motorcycles and shiny engines steamed in to town to raise money for charity.

Huge crowds rolled up to the 16th annual Transport of Yesteryear event, in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

The event, held at School Hill Chickerell, featured displays, dancing and even birds of prey.

Vice chairman Nick Aplin said: “It was a great day. We were pleased to have the usual sorts of crowds that we normally have and a continually full car park.

“We had a number of vintage and classics, mostly classics. Lots of interesting vehicles.”

More than 100 vehicles were at the show including stationary engines, steam engines, vintage and classic cars and motorcycles.

‘Best car in show’ was won by the oldest car to make an appearance, a 1925 Singer from New Milton. It was the first time the vehicle had appeared at the show.

Other prize winners included a Sunbeam Rapier which scooped Best Toy Car, a Morris Minor convertible which got the Brian Elliot Award and an Austin A60 Cambridge which won the Ken Wiltshire Trophy.

Calvin Stone was awarded the John Ovens Memorial Award for his Vauxhall Cresta.

As well as trade stalls, other attractions included music from banjo virtuoso Stompin’ Dave, a tombola, a cake stall, line dancing, a cash prize draw and a bouncy castle.

“There was all sorts of entertainment going on,” said Nick. “And most importantly, it was all in aid of a worthy charity.”

In 1999, three local vintage and classic enthusiasts got together with the idea of forming a new club in Weymouth.

A total of 39 enthusiasts attended the first meeting with a static display of 19 vehicles.

Transport of Yesteryear was formed at that first meeting and the club became known as the Toy Club. An open weekend was held at School Hill, where some 30 vehicles turned up and took part in the club’s first road run, helping to raise £150 for Cancer Care Dorset. Since then, the yearly event has raised thousands of pounds for local good causes.

Organisers say they are already looking forward to doing it all again.

Next year’s Transport of Yesteryear will be held on June 28, 2015.

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