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Rain fails to stop vintage car show in Hartlepool

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RETRO motor fans braved the rain to see a host of four-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles of yesteryear.

A vintage car show was held in the car park of the former Jacksons Landing, at Hartlepool Marina, yesterday.

Despite abysmal weather, hundreds of people managed to make it along to see around 50 vintage cars and bikes.

Visitors included people from Marske-by-the-Sea, Shotton Colliery and Stockton.

The Mail reported previously how town pensioners Ken Rigg and Alf Sterling, from the Fens, stepped in after an similar event was cancelled as its annual venue was booked by another attraction.

But retired taxi driver Ken, 67, who owns a red 1969 Triumph Spitfire, which was on display, said the maiden car rally was a success, adding; “It was very good and everybody was pleased that we decided to do it, we’d like to keep it in Hartlepool if we can.

“We hope to do it again in September.”

Retired haulage contractor and ex-publican Alf, 72, who displayed his 1953 Thames pick-up, his 1971 Mercedes Coupe and a tradesman’s butcher’s/baker’s ex-Co-operative Society bike, said: “The kids love the vehicles on show, and the old people do as well, it sparks memories of when they rode a similar bike for work.”

The pair thanked Hartlepool Borough Council for letting them use the land, as well as councillor Keith Fisher, and volunteers.

 

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