Engines roll into town ahead of this weekend’s Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally

Sam Walker

Final preparations for this weekend’s Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally are running smoothly, according to one of the organisers, Phil Rounce.

Coordinated by the East Riding Engine Club, with support of the Driffield Showground, this year’s showpiece will take place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August.

As always, the stars of the show will be 40 full-size steam engines, alongside the same number of miniature engines, several of which will be making their first appearance at the rally, with the main attraction being the return of the Second World War Rolls Royce Griffon aero engine.

Phil told the Wolds Weekly that everything is in place for another successful event.

“Organisation for this weekend’s Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally is going fine and everything is in place for another good show,” he said.

“All is still confirmed regarding the plans for the Saturday evening road run, including the Second World War Rolls Royce Griffon aero engine.

“We’re also expecting a good display at the showground over the weekend, too, where Phil White from BBC Radio Humberside will be presenting his show on Friday afternoon interviewing the exhibitors whilst they are setting up.”

The Steam Car Club of Great Britain will once again be well-represented with several cars aged over 100 years old and a Doble Model E22 of 1925, which is widely regarded as the ultimate development of the steam car.

Alongside this will be the working Victor High Wheel, an electric car made in 1907.

As usual, 200 examples of agricultural tractors will be on show, which are only exceeded by the number of vintage and classic.

Phil also took time out to quash rumours regarding this year’s Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally and future events.

“We’ve heard one or two rumours that this year’s road run will travel straight through the town centre,” he continued.

“However, this is not true. As always, the road run will park up in town for an hour or so to enable the public to enjoy the display, hence why we have the.

“Also, some have suggested that this may be our last event, but as far as we at the East Riding Engine Club are concerned, we will be looking at continuing it for years to come.”

Driffiel Steam & Vintage roadrun
Driffield Steam & Vintage roadrun

During the fantastic free town centre road run which starts at 6pm on Saturday Evening, a collection is undertaken for Yorkshire Cancer Research which last year raised just under £3,000, with organisers hoping to do even better this year.

The gates to the Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally will open at 10am on both days and adult admission is £10 with accompanied children under 16 free of charge, making the event excellent value for a family day out.

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