|Sunday 11th July was an important day for vintage
vehicle enthusiasts, being the day of the 2004 Black Country Vehicle
Rally at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. Even though the
weather forecast was gloomy, the rain held off and lots of people
came along and enjoyed a marvellous day.
Some of the cars that were present.
|There were 104 entries in the rally plus a few late
arrivals. Wolverhampton's vehicle manufacturers were well
represented. A good selection of Guy vehicles were brought along
including lorries, vans, buses and coaches. One of the highlights
was Mat Davies' ex-City of Chester Guy Arab V bus. It is in showroom
condition, as is the Guy Otter furniture van that is owned by Brian
|Amongst the cars were Stars, Clynos, Sunbeams, a
Little Briton and a Frisky Sport. Brian Rollings was there with his
Star Jason, the only 4 door version still in existence. James Thomas
was also there with his lovely Clyno Royal Tourer from 1928, which
looked very impressive in the cavalcade. Roy Surman who runs the
Clyno Register was also there with his Clyno Tourer.
|Amongst the motorcycles were Sunbeams, Clynos,
D.M.W.s and A.J.S. machines, and George Broadly's splendid HRD Super
90 from 1926. Arthur Stubbs was there with two D.M.W.s from his
collection and Steve Mills came along with his immaculate A.J.S. K1
The replica steam carriage.
|Although not entered in the rally, an interesting
visitor to the museum was the replica of Richard Trevithick's steam
It was an appropriate weekend for it to be there, especially as
the original, built in 1803 was the world's first self-propelled
passenger carrying vehicle.
|As usual we put on a display about local vehicle
manufacturers and their products and we also brought along a
computer running this website. We are pleased to say that a lot
of people came in to have a look at the display and the
Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies also put on a
display, courtesy of Leslie, their Outreach Officer, and David
Evans put on a display about the Star Engineering Company’s
David Evans' display.
|There were cavalcades for motorcycles and cars and
many visitors inspected the vehicles. The Rally was well
organised by Trevor Davies, Ray Jones and Brian Rollings.
It was well attended and everyone who came along seemed to
have enjoyed themselves.
Next year's rally will be held at the same venue on Sunday
31st July, 2005.