Journey back in time at Southwick

Visitors to the 41st Selwood Vintage Rally at Southwick took a trip back in time to take a close look at vehicles of yesteryear.

Hundreds of old bicycles, tractors, motorcycles cars and commercials were on show, giving the visitors an insight into transport in a bygone era.

And chugging away on the May bank holiday was a line-up of dozens of old working stationary engines, rebuilt and resprayed to give them a new lease of life.

Martin Taylor, who lives only a stone’s throw from the show field, gave demonstrations with an Acrow Waldan stationary engine and a 90-year-old saw bench.

He said: “I usually stage a static display of old tools at the show but this year wanted to show old machines at work. I bought these old machines last year and have spent the winter getting them up together.”

The oldest working full size steam engine was the Duke of Windsor, a Mitchell steam engine dating back to 1894, which has featured in a number of films over the years.

Owner Stuart Barnes said: “This Selwood event is a favourite of mine. It’s got great atmosphere and I always enjoy explaining to visitors how important these old steam traction engines were during their working life.”

On a smaller scale was the third-scale Burrell steam engine of Malmesbury engineer David Rivers. He said: “The engine was built over 20 years by my late father John and I like to take it along to steam and vintage events in memory of him.”

Among the exhibits from yesteryear was a line-up of commercial vehicles spanning the decades from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Despite the showery weather, steward Jan Hall was delighted with the entries and she added: “We saw some great examples of old lorries all restored and in their livery from their working life.”


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