Historic vehicles turn back the clocks

VIDEO Hundreds of vintage vehicles took advantage of perfect Bank Holiday weekend weather to take to the roads of Suffolk.The annual Ipswich to Felixstowe historic vehicle rally attracted about 600 entries, bring the sight, sound and smell of petrol, diesel, two-stroke, and even steam engines to the old A45 road.

HUNDREDS of vintage vehicles took advantage of perfect Bank Holiday weekend weather to take to the roads of Suffolk.

The annual Ipswich to Felixstowe historic vehicle rally attracted about 600 entries, bring the sight, sound and smell of petrol, diesel, two-stroke, and even steam engines to the old A45 road.

Vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from compact motorcycles to huge lorries and double-deck buses took part in the run, which brought out the crowds at two of East Suffolk's tourist magnets.

Christchurch Park was crowded as people turned out to see the vehicles off.

Some were from the early years of the last century - a steam lorry owned by Duncan Marston was a major centre of attraction - while others were of a more recent vintage, the kind of vehicle many visitors had learned to drive in!

Mark Smith from the Ipswich Transport Museum explained the organisers had had to put a cap on the entries: “There is only so much space on the front at Felixstowe!

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“On a day like this everything is perfect - it's a great chance for people to show off their pride and joy to everyone,” he added.

Mr Marston, from West Suffolk, brought his lorry over for the event - but it did not chug along the A14 holding up the traffic.

“We brought it on a low-loader to Ransomes Europark and just drove it from there to here and on to Felixstowe,” he said. That's just as well - the 1913 vehicle has a top speed of 12-15mph!

“We have to stop at Trimley to take on water - we will use about two hundredweight of coal and 200 gallons of water.”

Among the other vehicles on the run were several buses and fire engines.

Vintage Rolls-Royces turned heads, but for pure nostalgia it was the “ordinary” cars on show which brought back the memories.

The Triumph Heralds and the Ford Cortinas from the 1960s and early 1970s brought back many memories - although Morris Marinas and Austin Allegros have yet to make their mark on the event!

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