Rally is another hot success as thousands flock to Tynemouth

Thousands of people descended on Tynemouth for the third classic VW Rally.
Thousands of people descended on Tynemouth for the third classic VW Rally.

Thousands of people descended on Tynemouth as the third classic Volkswagen rally rolled into the village.

Sunny weather on Saturday helped attract the visitors to the coast as hundreds of old VW vehicles proved popular as they basked in the sun while parked in Prior’s Haven and Spanish Battery.

An estimated 6,000 people turned up on the day but competition was tough to win votes for the ‘People’s choice best in show trophies’.

Barry Keenan clinched first place for the second year running in the Best Bus category with his blue split screen bus. Best Beetle was won by Bryan Cains and Best Campervan was taken by Gavin Higgins.

Jill Snailham, co-organiser, said: “We think everyone must have been polishing their vehicles for weeks.

“The standard was so high this year, it’s not often you get to see such a fabulous display in the UK. I just don’t think there’s a better location for all these amazing vehicles.”

First time exhibitor Eric Smith said: “This is my first VW rally. It was just unbelievable. I can’t put it into words how I felt.”

The festival featured a Dubbers Dog show for the first time, which was organised by Whitley Bay-based Ziggy Chews, and featured ‘New Pup on the Block’ and ‘Best Dressed’. There was also a bouncy castle, food stalls, a DJ and t-shirts by local artist Von Kev to keep visitors entertained.

The event was sponsored by local businesses Ruby & Frank boutique, Mister Woods, Barca Art bar, Cooke & Co, Joblings, Autofix, Sugarloaf, Tyneside Commercials and North Tyneside Council.