A ticket into the past

Seaburn Historical Vehicle Rally

Sights from years gone by are set to be recreated in Seaburn on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August as around 200 vintage road vehicles gather.

The Seaburn Historical Vehicle Rally brings together classic buses, lorries, vans, fire engines and cars. The event also gives a rare chance to ride in a variety of historic buses on a scenic coastal route.

Taking place at Recreation Park, the event is organised by the North East Bus Preservation Trust as its annual showcase and regularly attracts over 2,000 visitors.

Gleaming chrome and polished paintwork will be on show as owners of vintage vehicles proudly display the result of countless hours of hard work to the public. Now in its 32nd year, the event is sponsored by See it Do it Sunderland and is supported by Sunderland City Council

One of the stars of the show is set to be a recently restored Albion Clydesdale tanker. The 1957 built vehicle spent many years decaying near Newcastle airport before being returned to as built condition as part of an extensive and meticulous restoration at Gardiners of Spennymoor.

The original owners of the Albion, National Benzole, were based at Blaydon Burn, Gateshead, and delivered their products right across the North East. The Albion would have been a regular sight in areas such as Sunderland until the late 1960s.

Peter Elliott, chairman of the North East Bus Preservation Trust, said: “The Albion is an absolutely stunning example of the quality of restoration being carried out by dedicated enthusiasts in the North East. The distinctive yellow livery was such a memorable part of the region in the 1950s and 60s. The rally will be a great opportunity for those who remember vehicles like the Albion to see them again, but also a chance for younger generations to see them in the flesh… perhaps for the first time.”

The displays of vintage vehicles will be joined by trade stands selling toys, models, books, photographs and transport related items plus children’s rides and refreshments. Admission to the event is just £3.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions.

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