Tour by motor enthusiasts rekindles scenes of a bygone era

Classic motor vehicles passed through Northumberland at the weekend, as part of the eighth Flying Scotsman Vintage Car Rally.

Thursday, 21st April 2016, 10:41 am
Spittal pupil Theo Forest (4) gets behind the wheel of a Bentley Vintage motor cars arrive at Paxton House for a pit stop during the Flying Scotsman Rally

More than 100 classic cars, many from the 1920s and ’30s, took part in the three-day, 700-mile road trip.

They began at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, and headed for an overnight stop in south Northumberland, via the Humber Bridge, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Castle Howard.

On Saturday, they followed Hadrian’s Wall and picked up the Northumberland coast road up to Horncliffe, where they crossed the River Tweed over the Union Chain Bridge to Fishwick, before a pit stop at Paxton House.

On Sunday, they completed their journey at the Gleneagles Hotel.

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Fred Gallagher, rally director, said: “Passing through Northumberland and the Scottish Borders is always a highlight of the event.

“Each year, we seem to head further north as entrants are so captivated by the stunning scenery and warm welcome they receive from locals.”

Vehicles taking part included a 1922 Bentley, a 1924 Rolls Royce Boat Tail Roadster, a 1928 Ford A Sports Coupe, a 1931 Aston Martin International, a 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans and a 1936 Talbot 105 Alpine.