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‘Excellent’ turnout of classic vehicles

A long line of classic vehicles rolled into Biddulph town centre on Saturday.

From a Model T Ford built almost 110 years ago to post war commercial tractors, petrolheads had a feast for their eyes.

Biddulph’s Classic Vehicle Show was first held in 2019 and was the idea of the-then town mayor Coun Jim Davies during his year in office to promote the town.

Following its postponement during the pandemic, the show returned last year. Coun Davies said Saturday’s event had an “excellent” turnout with a “record” number of people viewing the vehicles.

“We had around 200 cars taking part and at least 40 motorbikes. The town centre was full, and the line-up of vehicles went from Well Street to Cross Street at the bottom,” he said.
They included American cars and pre-war commercials. There was a 1913 Model T Ford and an Austin 124 from 1929, in the pre-war class.

Classic vehicle owners came to display their cars from a 20-miles radius around the town.

The best in show this year was John Eardley’s 1965 Jaguar S Type. The commercials and tractors class was won by Peter Taylor with his original post-war Morris commercial lorry.

Coun Davies, a former mechanic, said: “We’ve got some tremendously clever people in and around Biddulph who are good at restoring cars.”

In relation to holding the show following the Queen’s death just two days before, Coun Davies said: “We had to think long and hard about whether to go ahead, and we decided not to have any music in keeping with the times.”

Biddulph car parts firm Snelsons sponsored the prizes, a range of car cleaning products.

Saturday’s classic vehicle show was followed in the evening by Biddulph Music and Beer Festival in support of current mayor Coun Jim Garvey’s chosen charities, which are Alzheimer’s Research UK and Staffordshire-based Approach Dementia Support.

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