Vintage car show not going ahead

A POPULAR car and motorbike show that attracts scores of impressive vintage vehicles will not be going ahead next week.

The annual classic car and bike show in Elwick has attracted an army of fans since it was launched in 2001 and this year’s show was due to be taking place on Monday, June 20, from 6.30pm.

But due to problems over insurance, organisers have not been able to go ahead with the event.

Elwick vintage car and bike enthusiast Jack Smurthwaite, 85, who has been the brains behind the popular show, admitted he is hugely disappointed that the show will not be taking place.

Jack said: “The show was so popular and more and more people were coming every single year.

“The plans were in place for this year’s show and I am sure it would have been a huge success again, but then I found out that it couldn’t go ahead as planned.

“I have tried to tell as many people as possible that the show isn’t on so they don’t come along and find themselves disappointed, although I think there will still be people who turn up on Monday.”

But enthusiasts may still get to see the impressive cars and motorbikes in the village later this year as talks are in place between organisations about holding the event in August. But as of yet nothing has been confirmed.

Bentleys, MGs and Triumphs are just some of the impressive vintage vehicles which have been brought along to the popular event in the past.

Previous events saw people travelling from Newcastle, Darlington and Bishop Auckland to catch a glimpse of the cars and bikes on show.