Vintage sports cars, motorbikes, military jeeps, open top buses, commercial vans and a fire engine were among vehicles on display at Haverhill’s annual Historic Transport Rally yesterday.
A morning ‘road run’ saw more than 30 drivers complete a 24-mile circuit through surrounding villages before joining the display at South Car Park behind Haverhill Arts Centre.
Town Mayor David Roach, who rode as a passenger in an open top 1916 Overland, said it was a ‘really good day’ with around 150 entries and more buses than he had seen ‘for a long while’.
He added that the cars were ‘fascinating’ and ignited a sense of nostalgia, reminding him of cars he and his father once owned.
Mike Hickford, secretary of the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society (East Anglia), which organised the event in conjunction with Haverhill Town Council, said it was so successful they ‘couldn’t have wished for more’.
“Everything seemed to fall into place and we were very pleased,” he said, adding that around 700 people were thought to have taken part in free bus rides during the afternoon.
Nick Keeble, the council’s arts and leisure manager, said: “We were delighted with the response to the transport rally this year and feel that the event has really ‘come of age’.
“There was a good awareness that the event was happening and more people than ever before came to see the outstanding display of vehicles. We had a great response to the bus rides, especially the open top busses and the road run created an excellent spectacle for the surrounding villages.”
“We got reports that other businesses in town had a good day which demonstrates the wider value of events that are promoted by the town council,” he added.