Each summer sees the occurrence of the annual vehicle rallies, featuring locally built vehicles, many of which were made in Wolverhampton. These are an essential event for anyone who’s interested in vintage vehicles of the locally made variety, or used to work in the industry. They also provide a showcase for the owners of such vehicles, who have an opportunity to display them and see them alongside others of the same breed.

A rally usually consists of a static display of vehicles and a cavalcade, which gives the visitors a chance to see the vehicles in action. Most of the vehicles have usually been restored to a high standard and look as though they have just left the factory, as they were when new. At some events the proud owners can win a prize for the best vehicle in its class and the visitors sometimes include experts who can offer advice on restoration or information about individual manufacturers.

An unusual exhibit at the 2001 Star Rally was Brian Rollings' Star vacuum cleaner. The bicycle is a Star ladies bicycle.
Over the last few years rallies have been organised by the Marston Heritage Trust, ably assisted by Ray Jones and Trevor Davies, and David Evans of the Star Register, in cooperation with Brian Rollings. A number of rallies have been held at the Black Country Living Museum, at Dudley, which is an ideal venue, especially for larger events, although there is an entrance fee to pay. Recently a Sunbeam rally was held at Bantock House Museum, in Wolverhampton. This is an ideal venue for the smaller rally and there is no entrance fee. It also has a very warm and friendly atmosphere, and the house and its restaurant is always worth a visit. A well-organised rally can provide an interesting and enjoyable day out for the whole family, and a chance to experience the motoring glories of old.

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