Thousands defy rain to enjoy vintage days

Hebden Bridge Vintage Car Show at Calder Holmes Park
Hebden Bridge Vintage Car Show at Calder Holmes Park

It was a case of a show of faith as Hebden Bridge Rotary Club held its annual vintage car weekend.

After a near wash out on Saturday, the sun certainly had its hat on for day two as thousands of fans flocked to Calder Holmes Park to see cars from yesteryear.

With over 10,000 visitors over the two days, Rotarians are hopeful of equalling last year’s total raised for charity, which was over £10,000.

Club president Roger Moore said: “What a difference a day makes. On Saturday it rained and on Sunday we had sunshine.

“We have had thousands of people on the park, as well as vehicles, and everybody enjoyed themselves.

“It’s been a wonderful event and we hope to have raised lots of money for our local charities and good causes,”

On the field on Saturday were classic cars (1971-1993), motorcycles (1971-1993), Rolls-Royce and Bentleys (any age), replica or kit cars (any age), military vehicles (any age), tractors (registered pre-1993), pre-1971 registered vehicles, and novelty vehicles (pedal cars/classic bicycle).

While Sunday’s display featured veteran and vintage cars (up to 1930), post vintage cars (1931-1939), post-war cars (1940-1960/1961-1972), motorcycles up to 1972, American vehicles up to 1972, and military vehicles (any age).

Also on Sunday, there was a scenic run, involving up to 50 vehicles, which passed through Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Littleborough.

The remaining space on the field was filled with stalls, and children’s rides. Music was provided by Doctor Jazz.

Mr Moore thanked all the entrants, stall holders, visitors and Rotarians for giving up their time for free.

“It’s been a huge success again and we’re already looking forward to - and planning for - next year’s show,” he added.