34th and FINAL VINTAGE AND SPECIALIST RALLY 2014
The Annual Vintage & Specialist Car Rally will take place at Tredegar House Newport on Sunday 21 September, 10:30am-5:30pm.
Check out the photos from the last rally, in case you need any persuading at all to buy tickets for this amazing event!
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An introduction from the event organisers
Since its very small beginnings in 1980 the Vintage Rally has raised £788,000, taking the total amount raised by Gwent Branch to over £1,052,000. After 34 years, we've decided that the 2014 rally will be the final one. This does not mean that we will stop raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The Gwent Branch will still be functioning, but maybe just in a less demanding way.
The Vintage Car Rally has been a fantastic event. It has been hard work but we have had plenty of fun organising it. We have met many wonderful people, made lots of friends and we have very many happy memories, but after 34 years the time has come for us to accept that we need to give it up now, before circumstances force it upon us.
Among the vehicles on display this year will be a 1906 Renault 10/14, a 1922 Bentley 3 litre sports, a 1928 Alvis 14/75 plus 100s of other vintage & classic cars, sports cars, motorcycles, military and commercial vehicles, steam engines and stationary engines over 1,500 exhibits in total. This is a real family event, not just a show for car lovers.
It will include a craft marquee, children's rides and amusements and a wide range of stalls, autojumble, and trade stands.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy various living history encampments, ranging through the English Civil War, the American Civil War, WW1 and WW2, with the opportunity to see how these soldiers and their families lived.
A full range of arena activities is planned, including a parade of vehicles, and a vintage and classic car auction run by Newport Auctions, who will be donating all their fees and commissions to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. If you have a car to sell then please get in touch.
Back for another year, hoping that they will not have to perform in the pouring rain this time, will be the Rockwood Dog Display Team, with their breathtaking displays of canine wizardry.
The show gets under way at 10:30am on Sunday 21 September. Admission charges for visitors are £8 per adult, £7 for senior citizens and £5 for children. Family tickets cost £20 for two adults and up to four children under the age of 16. Dogs on leads are welcome and parking is free.
We are hoping that the sun will shine on us this year, as it has on so many occasions in the past, and make the 2014 rally one of the best ever.
To donate text Beat15 £(amount) to 70070.
Event detailsDate: Sunday, 21 September 2014Time: Starts at 10:30 amFees:
Senior Citizens: £7
Family Ticket: £20
(2 adults & up to 4 children under 16)
The 33rd Annual Vintage Car Tredegar House Rally was held on Sunday 15th September 2013.
As the weekend approached, it became obvious that the weather for Sunday was going to be wet and windy. Fortunately, Saturday was dry with sunny spells and between 9am and 10am we waved off 57 cars taking part in the 12th Classic Car Run. Nobody got lost (for very long) and everyone enjoyed the day exploring some of the less well known roads in South Wales and was welcomed back to Tredegar House for afternoon tea.
On Sunday morning at 7.30am, we had a queue of cars waiting outside the park and a steady stream arrived from then onwards. Approximately 900 of the exhibitors braved to weather to take part in the rally and we are so grateful to them for being willing to bring their precious vehicles on to a muddy field, so that we can raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
At 9.30am, we opened the gates to the public and they came in their hundreds to see our displays. There were plenty of umbrellas and wellingtons in evidence but nobody seemed to be put off by the rain.
Unfortunately by 2.30pm, the rain was torrential and most of the drivers and the public were thinking that it was time to leave.
Despite this, we were still able to raise £25,000 and we would like to thank all our loyal supporters who made this possible. This brings the total amount raised by the Vintage Car Rally since our very small beginnings in 1980, to £787,000.
The Gwent Branch of Leukaemia Research was founded in November 1979 by Mandy Womack after her son, Timothy, was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the age of 5. Unfortunately Timothy died a year later.
In 1980 a friend of one of the members suggested holding a Vintage Car Rally to raise funds. This was held in October 1980 and, despite the torrential rain on the day and the fact that we did not have much of an idea what a car rally was all about, we had 68 exhibits and raised £635. The following year, armed with a little more knowledge and help from a few of the exhibitors, we were able to raise £2,100. It still rained but there were dry spells in between the showers. We watched the number of exhibitors and the profit increase each year and we were delighted, in 1986, to make a profit of £10,000. Last year, because of the dreadful weather, we only raised £26,000, but in 2012 we raised £51,500 and our best year was 2010 when we raised £54,000.
Over the years we have suffered from many trials and tribulations. There have been postal strikes, the wettest weekend in Wales since records began and the fuel crisis to name but a few. However the Rally has gone from strength, we now anticipate in the region of 1,500 exhibits and over 10,000 visitors on the day.
We are very pleased to be able to announce that the amount the Gwent Branch has raised since it was started in 1979 is over £1 million which includes the sum of nearly £787,000 raised by the Car Rally.
18 Oakland Park Drive, Rhiwderin, Newport Gwent NP10 8RB
Please note that entries will not be acknowledged until September 2014