Petrolheads flock to Midland manor

Gleaming vintage cars and vehicles wowed the crowds as they lined up on the grounds of a Midland manor house for an annual show.

Families poured into Himley Park, near Dudley, for the Classic Car and Transport Show, which was bathed in glorious sunshine.

More than 750 cars, bikes and buses joined military vehicles and other rare models in the surroundings.

There was also a range of sideshows and displays laid on by car clubs from across the country as well as the autojumble sale for enthusiasts. Many of the prized cars on display on Sunday included vehicles dating back to the 1920s. 

Retired motor engineer David Tranter, aged 77, rolled onto the grounds in his black and burgundy 1924 Rolls-Royce Twenty cabriolet.

Mr Tranter, from Halesowen, said his prized automobile had plenty of attention from visitors.

“It was a very good day and the weather was perfect for a cabriolet,” he said. “It got a lot of attention from people.”

Another enthusiast taking part in the display was Jim Thomas who brought his 1925 Bean Tourer, made at the famous works on the Tipton and Dudley border.

“Everyone who knows the history of the Bean works likes to come up, have a picture and talk about the car,” said Mr Thomas, aged 82, from Dudley.

Petrolheads were also in for a treat with an array of marquee names on display including Austin, MG and Triumph. There was also a Lotus Elan, Jaguar E Type, MG Midget and a Porsche 924 attending.

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