The 8th and 9th of August saw the start of the Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally
A jewel in the show calendar and one definitely not to be missed. It improves every year thanks to a loyal band of volunteers always ready to help and make the show run smoothly.
On Saturday the show starts with the vintage auction when hundreds gather to pore over bygones and vintage parts ably marshalled by Mr John Atkinson the auctioneer in his traditional bowler hat. Whilst the auction gets under way the tractors and huge array of steam engines are lined up ready to parade.
The steam section is a wonderful sight. The engines gleaming in the sunshine that blessed both days of the rally, vintage cars, caravans, stationary engines, vintage commercials, motorbikes, pushbikes, lawnmowers, vintage toys, clothing, the list is huge and not forgetting our section of vintage and classic tractors.
There were some stunning exhibits in this section and well worth mentioning Alan Nicholson's line up of
3, 4, 5 and 7000 series tractors the 3, 4 and 5000's were immaculate and his recently purchased 7000 is awaiting the major overhaul and immaculate paint job he has made of the others.
All models of the Ford series were present in various stages from ex farm to showroom condition, thanks must go to their proud owners who spend time and money to show their tractors round Yorkshire.
Sunday saw the show in all its glory, ring parades, working exhibits all pleasing the thousands who flocked there, thanks to all who made such a huge show a tremendous weekend for all and I'm sure we will all be back for more at next years event.
Words & Photos: Roger Ingham