News Round Up
2017 Driffield Steam
& Vintage Rally Update
well under way for this year’s Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally to be held
over the weekend of 12th & 13th August. Last year’s very
successful event benefitted from fine weather and an excellent range of
attractions which made for a great time for the many attending and the
organisers are hoping for a repeat this year. Apart from the many exhibits to be
seen at The Driffield Showground, one of the highlights of the weekend is the
Saturday evening road run into Driffield town centre. Here the roads are closed
and the steam engines along with other vintage vehicles like tractors, cars and
motorcycles parade into town from the Showground and then park up for a couple
of hours allowing the public to get up close and enjoy a free show.
Traditionally a street collection is held for Yorkshire Cancer Research which
last year raised just under £3000. This year it is hoped to do even better!
To get a
flavour of this ever popular rally, have a look at the picture galleries from
earlier years. Among the attractions already confirmed for 2017 is the old time
fairground which will include steam gallopers, dodgems and, for the thrill
seekers, the 1950s Hurricane Jets ride. Also, the Driffield Rally has in recent
years hosted the Steam Car Club of Great Britain whose members bring along some
of their magnificent early steam cars which always prove to be a great
attraction. This year, one of them will be leaving his steam car at home and
instead bringing a 1907 electric car – well ahead of its time!
all the vintage vehicles, the Driffield Rally offers something for all the
family including a working area, ring events, models, crafts, a large market and
other miscellaneous exhibits. The
Showground also provides caravan and camping facilities (must be pre-booked) for
those wishing to make a weekend of it.
Please note if you intend to participate in the Saturday night road run there is an important safety information update here
Unique Electric Car's First Public Working Appearance:
electric car now being seen as the way forward for 'greener' personal transport,
it might come as news to many people that electric cars have actually been
around since the 1880s. One early car, dating from 1907, is the unique Victor
High Wheel Electric Runabout which belongs to an East Riding Engine Club member.
This car was the only one of its type made and has been imported from the USA. Last
year it made its first public UK appearance at the Driffield Rally but sadly its
transmission was damaged when unloading. Now
repaired, its working UK public debut will be at the Driffield Steam &
Vintage Rally over the weekend of 12th & 13th August.
As might be
expected, it is an almost silent runner and is therefore fitted with a large
bell to warn others of its approach. What might be thought surprising is that an
electric car over 100 years old has re-generative braking so that the batteries
are re-charged under braking, a feature now of the latest electric & hybrid
cars. Although the car is fitted
with modern high capacity traction batteries, the rest of it is all as built.
With black leather upholstery, patent leather fenders, and large wooden wheels
with solid tyres, the car makes an imposing sight and its working visit
to Driffield is keenly anticipated.
|Photos Provided by: Historics at Brooklands (Photographer: Tom Gidden)|
Here's a selection of images from the 2015 weekend
Photographs Courtesy of