Steam buffs and petrolheads make tracks for rally
Steam buffs and petrolheads made tracks in their hundreds for the Wiltshire Steam and Vintage Rally at the weekend.
Held at Rainscombe Park near Oare, the two-day event took place in glorious sunshine – a welcome contrast to last year, where heavy rain led to the cancelation of the event.
Attractions included falconry displays – which saw Hope the harris hawk perch on the heads of several spectators – steam traction engines, dog agility demonstrations and parades of vintage cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes and military vehicles.
The cars dated from the dawn of motoring to the 1980s, and included a pair of Fiat Grand Prix cars from the early 1900s, which were fitted with 16-litre airship engines and were capable of one mile to the gallon, and a DeLorean sports car, etched onto the memory of every 40-something as Doc Brown's time machine in the Back to the Future movie trilogy.
The militaria collectors also demonstrated the power of to field guns – one from each of the world wars – and screened Pathe News of a World War Two military exercise, involving British and American Troops, during which Pewsey Bridge was blown up to hinder a German invasion during a fighting retreat.
Meanwhile, tractors from days gone by competed in a ploughing match while steam engines – some over 100 years old – demonstrated the way the industrial revolution reduced farming's reliance on manual labour.
The annual event is organised by the Wiltshire Agricultural Preservation Group, whose next public event is the Vintage Ploughing Match on October 6, at a venue to be confirmed. For details, log on to www.wapg.co.uk
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