The Black Country Living Museum’s annual vehicle rally, The Festival of Black Country Vehicles, was held on Sunday 28th July 2013.

The event celebrates the once-important Black Country vehicle manufacturing industry which employed many thousands of people in large factories. The industry rapidly grew in the 1920s, an era that was well represented at the rally. Entries from that time included cars made by Clyno, the country’s third largest car manufacturer in the late 1920s, a Sunbeam Tourer from another once-large company, two Star cars, three Bean cars, a Bean lorry, and many A.J.S. and Sunbeam motorcycles.

The industry also flourished in the 1950s and 1960s, another era well represented at the rally. There were cars built by Jensen, Turner Sports, and Swallow; Guy commercial vehicles, and DMW motorcycles. More modern times were represented by Rickmans, Quantums, and Westfields.

Some of the older cars that were on display.

The vast array of motorcycles that greeted the visitors.

The line-up of commercial vehicles.

The highlight of the day was a series of cavalcades during which the vehicle owners could drive their vehicles around the museum’s twenty six acre site to recapture the sights and sounds of bygone motoring.

Some of the motorcyclists begin their first lap of the site.

Leaving the village for the first time.

Nearing the end of their last lap.

The pace car driven by Brian Rollings, with Trevor Davies on the back seat.

The car cavalcade.

Two Guys and a Bean lorry in action.

The two Guy coaches head towards the hill.

Over one hundred locally made vehicles were on display, and background music was supplied by a traditional jazz band. There were also indoor displays about local vehicle manufacturers by Bev Parker, a sale of second-hand books by Roy and Heather Lote, and a sale of old tools by the mine.

The vehicles came from as far afield as the Wirral, Central Wales, Warrington, Bristol, Swindon, Derbyshire, and Milton Keynes. The visitors and entrants alike also enjoyed the many things to see and do at the museum.

Bean, Sunbeam, Swallow, and Jensen cars.

Clynos, and Turner Sports cars.


Some of the visitors inspect the motorcycles.

A few of the many visitors on the day.

Several Quantums.

The Westfields.

The Rickmans.

The greatly enjoyable, and friendly event, was made possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of a team of museum employees and volunteers. Special thanks must go to the museum’s Events Coordinator, Jane Allcock, who worked tirelessly to ensure that everything was in place on the day, and to the event organiser Brian Rollings. Thanks must also go to Trevor Davies who controlled the cavalcades in the pace car, and members of the museum’s Vehicle Volunteer Group who booked-in the entries, and helped around the site during the day.

The traditional jazz band.

The book sale.

The indoor displays.

Some of the visiting cars.

A final view of the motorcycles.

The museum's ex-Wolverhampton trolleybus 'on its way to Penn'.

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