|The Festival of Black Country Vehicles was held at
the Black Country Living Museum on Sunday 26th
July, 2009. The event celebrates the area’s
once-important vehicle manufacturing industry, which
employed many thousands of people. It is the largest
annual gathering of Black Country made vehicles, and
always takes place on the last Sunday in July.
Some of the many cars that could
be seen at the event.
The oldest entry, Russell
Jackson’s Little Briton from 1910.
Visitors to the rally could also
see the museum’s own collection of Black Country made
vehicles, the largest of its kind.
As usual there were several
cavalcades; a unique feature of the rally that allows
the vehicle owners to drive around the 26 acre site, and
provides the onlooker with spectacular views from our
Although the day began with heavy
downpours, and it looked like a washout, most of the
vehicle owners came along, and a varied collection of
locally made vehicles soon assembled in the designated
areas. The rain soon stopped and it remained dry until
well into the afternoon.
Members of the Clyno Owners Club
brought their cars along and celebrated Clyno's
There were cars made by A.J.S.,
Bean, Briton, Clyno, Crescent, Jensen, Lomax, Quantum,
Rickman, Star, Sunbeam, Swallow, Turner, and Westfield.
An Austin A40 with a
Jensen body, an Armstrong Siddeley, and a Riley.
Motorcycles included machines made
by A.J.S., Clyno, D.K.R., D.M.W., Sunbeam, and Turner.
There were also Guy lorries, Guy
vans, a Guy coach, a rare Jensen lorry, and a Sunbeam
The many cars included Brian
Rolling’s Star 12/40 Pegasus Sports, that has an
interesting racing past; Mark Longmore’s Crescent
cyclecar, the only known survivor; 11 Clynos, including
the earliest example known to exist, and a good
selection of Sunbeams.
The motorcycles included the only
surviving Turner Tri-Van, that is owned by P. and S.
One of the visitors was
Chris Smith, the grandson of
Ailwyn Smith, who founded Clyno with his cousin
A few of the motorcycles that were
Brian Rolling’s immaculate Star
12/40 Pegasus sports car.
The many visitors included Charles
Weight, whose father owned the Briton Motor Company,
Peter Waine, whose father owned Wearwell, Chris Smith
whose grandfather was one of the founders of Clyno, and
Keith Peckmore who worked for Kieft and Frisky.
Music was provided by the Dennis
Mowatt Dixie Syncopaters, and there were several indoor
There are a lot of new attractions
at the museum, and so there was plenty to see and do.
As usual, a warm and friendly
atmosphere prevailed, which is always a feature of the
The Clyno owners celebrated the
company’s centenary with a large and beautifully
David Evans celebrated the
centenary of Briton cars with a large display of
Many visitors lined the road to
view the cavalcades, during which Russell Jackson’s
Little Briton from 1910, the oldest vehicle present,
toured the site.
All too soon it was over. As people
packed-up in readiness to leave, the rain returned, our
short break from the wet summer was at an end.
Everyone present seemed to have
thoroughly enjoyed their day at the region’s premier
vehicle rally. Hopefully they will be back next year to
sample more motoring delights from the past.
surviving Tuner Tri-Van and its owner Mr. Hardie.
||Mark Longmore’s interesting
Crescent cyclecar, the only known survivor. This example
was made in Smethwick in 1914.
|An occasional visitor over the
last few years has been Brian Carlos with his impressive
Guy Otter furniture van from 1951.
Thanks must go to the
dedicated team of volunteers, and the members of the
museum’s staff, who made it all possible. Especially
Brian Rollings the event organiser, Hamish Wood the
museum’s Operations Manager, Jane Allcock the museum’s
Assistant Site Officer, Fiona Carding the museum's Media
Relations Officer, Ray and Beryl Jones, Trevor and
Angela Davies, Audrey and Derek Spencer, and other
members of the Marston Group.
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