A wheely good vintage


Fine classic and vintage vehicles are set to be the stars of a major rally in Kielder Water & Forest Park.

The popular annual Kielder Vintage Vehicle Show returns to Kielder Castle Visitor Centre on Sunday 8 May and this year promises to showcase even more exhibits than ever before.

Over 150 classic and vintage cars from yesteryear will park up for the day at the castle and offer hundreds of visitors a nostalgic glimpse into the bygone era of motoring as well as a family day out in England’s last great wilderness.

Wesley Turnbull (67), from Bellingham and a retired Jumbo jet flight engineer, is a life-long vintage vehicle fan and organiser of the event which is hosted by the Forestry Commission.

Wesley said: “The eighteenth century castle provides a stunning backdrop for the show. Visitors come from far and wide to see all aspects of motorised transport from the legendary Ford Model T to the 1970’s Morris Marina, along with classic tractors and motorbikes. Last year we even had some stylish Jaguars.”

A rare blue Ford Thames is just one from Wesley’s personal collection that will be on display. It is one of only 300 to survive anywhere in the world.

Alex Maclennan, recreation, leisure and tourism manager with the Forestry Commission, is proud to have his own historic machine on display. He still owns his very first car – a 1977 Morris Marina (now 34 years old) which he bought in Inverness in 1988.

Alex explains: “The show is a true family event, and it’s a real pleasure to see people enjoying the day.

“With fine roads around the area for old vehicles, I quite often go for a wee blast in the summer nights around Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. We are lucky to live and work in such a stunning area.”

The Series One Landrover Club will also stage a scenic drive on Saturday 7 May as well as attending the show the following day. Series One or older vehicle owners can pre-book their places - go to www.gton.co.uk.

The Kielder Vintage Vehicle Show runs from 10am to 4pm and entry is free (there is a charge for visitors’ car parking). For further details call Kielder Castle Visitor Centre on 01434 250 209, or go to www.visitkielder.com.

Click here for an image of Wesley Turnbull′s Ford Thames.

Click here for an image of Alex Maclennan′s Morris Marina.

Click here for an image of Kielder Vintage Vehicle Show 2010.

For more information contact Philippa Clark, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538, 07970 897 756 or philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk.  

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

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