Wirral Historic Vehicle Rally

A row of  1930s Austin 7s followed by an 1933 Austin 10/4

1907 Paterson 30

The Wirral Historic Vehicle Rally takes place towards the end of July each year and is a very popular touring assembly of vintage  and classic cars first manufactured prior to 31 December 1972 and to period specification.  This year’s event took place on this bright and sunny Sunday.

1934 3.5 litre Bentley Park Ward

1949 Triumph Roadster

1934 Rolls Royce 20/25

1915 Model T Ford

For 2012 there was a cavalcade of around 64 vintage and classic vehicles driven through the countryside and villages of Wirral starting at Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton, stopping for lunch at Carr Hall Farm in Meols and finishing at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight Village where the Mayor of Wirral Councillor Gerry Ellis was to award the prizes to the best cars in their respective classes. Many of the entrants were wearing period attire appropriate to the age of their vehicle. The driver and passenger of the 1938 Buick were dressed up as Chicago gansters whilst those in the Paterson were wearing straw boater and bonnet.

1915 Model T Ford

Uninterested passenger in a 1935 Wolseley Hornet

1938 Austin 12/4 New Ascot

1956 Ford Zephyr

1958 Vauxhall Cresta

I took a vantage point at Thingwall Corner and in Barnston Village to photograph the cars as they came by on their tour of Wirral.  Surprisingly given that it was a bright summer’s day for the event in contrast to the recent weeks’ heavy rain there were very few spectators along our part of the route.

1960 MG MGA

1961 Daimler SP250

1963 Jaguar 3.8 Mark II

1972 Triumph TR6

1928 Sunbeam 20.9 h.p.

There was a selection of cars from different periods.  The oldest car being a 1907 Paterson 30 and the newest cars from 1972 were three Rover saloons and a Triumph TR6 sports car.

1967 Fiat Dino Spider

1962 Austin Healey 3000

1950 Jaguar Mark V

1938 Buick Century