Dozens of classic cars were displayed at a Derbyshire town’s annual transport festival over the weekend. Hundreds of shellheads flocked to Swadlincote town center to take a look at some of the vintage and more unusual engines.
The event celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday, Sunday May 15, with families also out in force as organizers staged children’s entertainment with fairground rides, food and drink stalls and live entertainment. It returned to the Delph this year after taking place at the Gresley Old Hall last September.
Julie Adams attended the festival with her 1981 Ford Fiesta Bravo Mark 1 and a 1962 Ford Anglia. Speaking to Staffordshire Live, she said: “We’ve owned a valeting business for 11 years and one of our young boys bought this car (the Bravo) when he was 18 and had it for 18. He asked us if we wanted it because he knew we would take care of it.
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“We came to the transport festival for the first time last year and it was absolutely amazing today. I think the weather really helped.”
Motorcycle fan Graham Woods attended the festival with his Vespa PX MK 1. He said: “It’s 39 and I’ve had it for 25 years. This is the first time that I have taken part in the festival. I love that.
Patrick Devaney was at the festival with his Bond Bug. Explaining, he said: “It was made by the Bond motor company until it was taken over by Reliant and eventually transferred to Tamworth. It was made in 1972. I have it because it’s so unusual.I’ve had it for about 18 years.
“This is my third time at the festival. I’ve been going all over the UK carrying festivals. It’s been a good turnout today.”
Darnill Shae attended the festival with her daughter Anya. He brought a Volkswagen T2 motorhome and his selection of classic Raleigh bikes, including the Chopper and Grifter.
He said: “I love classic cars and I imported them from California about 15 years ago. I love them. I also collected those bikes from the 1970s. They bring back a lot of memories for people who look at them. had as a child.”
Gary Brady proudly showed off his 1953 Ford Anglia and said, “I’ve had this since 2007, I love Hot Rods. Everyone loves it who sees it. I have been coming to this festival every year for 10 years. that’s great.”
Check out the gallery below for a look at some of the vehicles on display at Swadlincote Transport Festival: