|The Black Country’s premier
vehicle rally was held on Sunday 29th July,
2007 at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. The
Black Country Vehicle Rally is an important annual event
at the museum, attracting many enthusiasts and their
Black Country built vehicles. Entries included cars made
by Bean, Jensen, Lomax, Quantum, Rickman, Westfield, and
many Wolverhampton made vehicles. There were Clyno,
Frisky, Star, Sunbeam, and Turner cars; Guy lorries and
buses. The large number of motorcycles included machines
made by A.J.S., D.K.R., D.M.W., Sunbeam, and Turner.
There were also Lea Francis and Lagonda cars with
Meadows engines, and Sunbeam bicycles.
Some of the many cars on display.
|Visitors could also view the
museum’s fine collection of Black Country made vehicles
in Exhibition Hall 2 which includes cars, motorcycles,
also several indoor displays. Ray Jones put on an
excellent display about the Sunbeam record breaking cars
featuring two of his excellent models and some
|Frank Sharman and myself put on a
display about Wolverhampton vehicle manufacturers and
their products, local vehicle component manufacturers,
and visitors could also view this website. Wolverhampton
Archives and Local Studies also put on a display about
vehicle manufacturing in the City, and David Evans of
the Star Register displayed photographs of the Star
As usual it was a
warm sunny day, and even though heavy rain had
previously been forecast, nearly all of the exhibitors
were there on the day.
|The many visitors enjoyed a good
selection of Black Country made vehicles.
The display of cars included James Thomas’s excellent
Clyno “Royal” from 1928, Christopher Habgood’s
impressive 1914 Star “Torpedo” tourer, which he brought
all the way up from Swindon in Wiltshire, and Terry
Bouncer’s Sunbeam 14/40 from 1925.
A selection of the motorcycles
that were on display.
Brian Shaw and his interesting
Turner By Van.
|The motorcycles included a
surprise entry in the form of Brian Shaw’s Turner
By-Van, which attracted a lot of attention. Other
motorcycles included an A.J.S. model ‘D’ from 1913,
Robin James’ immaculate A.J.S. combination from 1927,
Geoff Booths’ 1938 Stevens machine, which he brought all
the way from Whitby, and Alan Jones 1926 Sunbeam
vehicles included Bob Duffill’s Guy Arab 4 double deck
bus, Keith Ball’s Guy Wolf van from 1949, and Chris
Huffer’s Guy Otter from 1950.
|After lunch the visitors enjoyed
seeing some of the vehicles in action during several
cavalcades, each catering for a different type of
vehicle. The vehicles travelled on a circular route
through the museum, which allowed the many spectators to
view the impressive machines at their best. Visitors
also enjoyed looking at the museum’s many attractions
including the canal-side village, the pub and fish and
chip shop, the Newcomen steam engine, the fairground,
the coalmine, the exhibition halls, and a meal at the
excellent café. The museum also engaged a traditional
jazz band for the day.
The motorcycle cavalcade.
The traditional jazz band.
|As ever it was an extremely
enjoyable day with a warm and friendly atmosphere. There
were old friends to meet and much to see and do.
Everyone enjoyed their time at the
museum, and the rally was a great success.
|The rally was ably organised by
Hamish Wood (the museum’s Operations Manager), Brian
Rollings, Ray Jones, Trevor Davies, and Brian Watton.
Many members of the Museum’s staff were also involved
including Fiona Carding (publicity), Hamish Wood’s
assistant Jane Allcock,
several volunteers who acted as marshals, and Derek
Beddows from the transport group. Last but not least the
team from the Marston Wolverhampton Heritage Trust made
it all work on the day. They were David Beere, Trevor
Davies, Stan Davis, Ray and Beryl Jones, Ken and
Margaret Norton, Ray and Anne Salisbury, Audrey and
Derek Spencer, and Brian Watton.
The exception to the rule. Sadly
Brian Rollings, one of the organisers had a problem with
his Star 'Jason' car and so for once only a non Black
Country made vehicle was allowed into the rally. This is
a Derby-built Bentley.
|The 2008 rally will take place on Sunday 27th July
at the Black Country Living Museum.
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