Peter and Kate Marshall from Hexham with their 1836 Morris 10/4, set to take part in one of the region’s largest classic car rallies in Kielder Water & Forest Park.
As a ‘new’ car it had its faults – dodgy brakes, vague steering, a grumbling gear box and woodworm in the floor. And the wife’s reaction wasn’t all that good either when it pulled into the drive for the first time!
But now Peter and Kate Marshall from Hexham wouldn’t be without their prized 1936 Morris 10/4.
Peter, a former motor mechanic, bought the 1200cc model with just 77,500 miles on the clock and pop up indicators as a retirement project and then lavished 12 months of Tender Loving Care, stripping it down and rebuilding it bit-by-bit.
Now he’s adding an extra layer of polish to take part in the 6th Vintage Vehicle Rally being hosted by the Forestry Commission in Kielder Water & Forest Park on Sunday 13 May. The event has grown to become a spectacular celebration of the golden days of motoring and over 170 tractors, cars, motorbikes and buses will descend on 18th century Kielder Castle.
Peter said: “It’s a lovely car and runs like clockwork. Originally it cost £175 and in its day it was quite step forward in motoring and the kind of vehicle the local professional would have driven such as the doctor or bank manager. During the war they were used by the army bomb disposal squad. My wife was a bit sceptical at first, but she loves it. It polishes up really well.”
This year′s rally has been organised by Wesley Turnbull, from Bellingham, a retired Jumbo jet flight engineer.
“We’ve got motorbikes from the 1930s and all kinds of family cars spanning the decades," said Wesley. "Interest in vintage vehicles is alive and kicking in the North East and Borders as the great turnout proves.”
A special walk will also be held during the event to mark the 150th anniversary of the famous Kielder Viaduct, which carried its last train in 1958 and is now owned by the Northumberland and Newcastle Society.
The event runs from 10.30am to 4pm and entry is free. For further details contact Kielder Castle Visitor Centre on 01434 250209, or go to www.visitkielder.com.
Kielder Water & Forest Park is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.
The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. For more information go to www.forestry.gov.uk/NorthEastEngland