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2017 Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally Update

Planning is 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!

Apart from 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

STOP PRESS: Electric First For Driffield Rally

Unique Electric Car's First Public Working Appearance:

With the 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

Charlie Rounce