Gallery: Classic vehicles are the stars of Long Melford rally

The classic vehicle show at Melford Hall, Long Melford.

The classic vehicle show at Melford Hall, Long Melford. - Credit: Archant

A FLEET of vintage buses and more than 150 classic tractors took centre stage at a popular event at the weekend.

The Long Melford Vintage Rally, which is organised by the Farm Machinery Preservation Society, attracted a record 10,000 visitors to the grounds of Melford Hall over the two days.

Also on display were around 200 classic cars, 50 motorcyles, 90 stationary engines and about 60 old military vehicles, alongside an array of trade stands, ring events and side shows.

Event co-organiser and society chairman Bill Preston said: “The weather was wonderful and the site itself is an attraction on a warm day.

“There were so many highlights this year but the biggest one for me was the collection of Bedford O-series buses.


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“I am 75 this year and I can remember going to school on a bus just like that. I think it brought back a few memories.”

Attractions in the ring included a mountain bike stunt team, a gun dog display and a team of heavy horses.

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Mr Preston added: “Another highlight was a demonstration by a pair of ploughing steam engines dating back to the 1940s and 50s. That was a rare treat because most people will not even be aware of steam ploughing.

“We also had an impressive display of military Land Rovers.”

According to Mr Preston, interest in vintage machinery is increasing, which he hopes will help to secure the future of the event.

He added: “Most of our members are getting on in years and we would dearly love to see the rally continue. It’s heartening to see a few young people at the event showing a real interest in what we do.”

A classic tractor run from Melford Hall around the surrounding villages raised around £2,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

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