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Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally returns this weekend to celebrate 30th anniversary

This weekend’s Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally looks set to go ahead as the weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday continues to improve.

Earlier today, there were fears the annual event, which is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary, would have to be cancelled due to heavy rain, thunderstorms and high winds.

However, as the day has progressed the forecast has got better and better, with the expected huge crowds able to enjoy the rally in its entirety, including the ever-popular road run into Driffield town centre tomorrow evening.

A stunning firework display will round off the opening day of this weekend’s annual Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally, organised by the East Riding Engine Club to celebrate the anniversary of the annual Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally.

The popular Saturday evening roadrun will head into the town centre at the usual time of 6pm, during which a street collection will be made for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally – Town Centre Road run

The eight-minute pyrotechnic performance is due to begin at 9:30pm on Saturday.

Colours will light up the sky after being launched from Driffield Golf Club’s practice range located off the A164 opposite Driffield Showground.

Organisers hope the early notice of this event will ensure nearby residents and businesses will not be taken unawares and can also enjoy the spectacle.

A new exhibit for 2019 will be the first public appearance at the Rally of a 1700 horsepower Bristol Hercules 216 radial engine from the early 1950s Vickers Varsity training aircraft.

The air-cooled engine has 14 cylinders arranged in two rows and is supercharged and over the weekend regular working demonstrations will be given by its owner John Needham, who lives in East Yorkshire.

Main ring action at the annual Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally held at the Showground

Another debutant at the rally will be made by Iron Duke, a Fowler Showman engine from 1920.

This engine is a road loco conversion from the 1960s and spent several years in a German theme park before it was repatriated.

Now owned by the Hardy family in Selby, it underwent a 13-year restoration, starting in 2005, before reappearing at the 2018 Great Dorset Steam Fair.

The two new exhibits will be joining hundreds of others, including around 80 steam engines, both full size and miniature, as well as steam cars and lorries, over 180 vintage tractors and further vintage and classic cars, military and commercial vehicles and old motorcycles.

The popular Saturday evening roadrun will head into the town centre at the usual time of 6pm, during which a street collection will be made for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Other regular attractions including stationary engines, models, crafts, a market and all the fun of a traditional funfair which features steam gallopers and dodgem cars.

Since its formation in 1989, the East Riding Engine Club has supported several local charities including Yorkshire Cancer Research.
This collaboration comes to the fore during one of the highlights of the rally weekend when the vintage vehicles roll into Driffield town centre on the Saturday evening as part of the road run.

Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally traditional evening road run into the Town Centre

With the full cooperation of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Driffield Town Council, the police and the emergency services, the roads are closed to allow the vehicles to parade into the town before they park up for an hour to allow the public to view them at close quarters.

A street collection is held annually for Yorkshire Cancer Research and on average raises around £3,000.

As it is the 30th year of the rally, the Club hopes the collection will raise a record amount for the charity.

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