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18th Oct, 2021

Vintage vehicle and classic car rally heading to Ombersley tomorrow

A VETERAN, vintage and classic car rally will be held at Ombersley Memorial Hall Field tomorrow (Saturday, June 26) to celebrate the unveiling of some magnificent new gates.

They have been created as a memorial to the Sandys family of Ombersley.

Lord Sandy, a Conservative politician and former Captain of the Yeoman of the Guard, lived at Ombersley Court until his death in 2013 and the family has contributed considerably to the beautiful village.

Ombersley resident Lord Anthony Hughes, a former Justice of the Supreme Court, will make a short speech just before 2pm.

Then, after the ribbon has been cut by local born and bred Ombersley farmer Bill Arnold, there will be a procession of the rare cars through the gates.

With around 70 cars in total, it should make a breath-taking sight – bringing back memories of motoring history and showing a range of veteran, vintage and classic cars unlikely to be seen together again soon.

The car display will cover the entire history of motoring, from the very earliest days, when cars had tilers instead of steering wheels to the cars we all remember driving in the 70s and 80s.

The 1897 Daimler, the oldest one of its kind and there are also two Panhard Levassors – one from 1901 and the other 1903.

Rolls drove and raced this type of car before meeting with Royce to start up Rolls Royce Motor Cars.

A famous make from the 1930s will be well-represented with 15 Riley cars coming – one driven by James Riley, a direct descendant of the original family.

There will also be examples from some motoring marques with names long gone, but well remembered, like Austin, Morris, Standard, Triumph and BSA.

In addition to this there will be two performances by local choir Voices Unlimited, a barbecue, community tea shop and stalls with local crafts for sale.

The event is being held jointly by Ombersley and Doverdale Parish Council and Ombersley Memorial Village Hall.

The event starts at 12.30pm and runs until 3pm. For more information, call Libby Lewis on 07970 661953 or Judy Goodman on 07502 141098.

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