Thousands descend on village for classic car rally

Crowds flock to the Tynemouth Classic VW Rally. Picture by Martin Ellis.

Crowds flock to the Tynemouth Classic VW Rally. Picture by Martin Ellis.

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Thousands of people took advantage of the glorious sun last weekend to take in hundreds of classic vehicles.

The fourth annual Tynemouth Classic Volkswagen Rally saw around 7,000 people get up close to pre-1984 VW bugs and buses on display at Priors Haven and Spanish Battery.

Crowds were also entertained with a popular V-Dub dog show, local street food vendors and a VW camper van bouncy castle.

The Tynemouth 346 squadron air cadets sold raffle tickets on the day.

Event co-organiser Grant Titmus said: “We had an idea the show was going to be a success, as the classic car show spaces had all gone in record time this year, they had all been taken in just two and a half days.” Following a public vote, the best bus category was won by Brian Judge with his pale blue/white late bay. Best car went to Sarah Dawn Zobel with her sparkly pink bug. The ‘Glampervan’ category was won by Steve Maddison’s green/white splitty, with roof rack mounted tent.

Organiser Jill Snailham, of Ruby & Frank Boutique, said: “The amount of visitors who came and enjoyed the display was terrific, with visitors arriving from Scotland, Cumbria and Lancashire.

“We’re sure the economic impact on the village must have been tremendous, and would love it if more local businesses would get involved through sponsorship or Volkswagen inspired window displays.”