Hebden Bridge will, once again, be the place to be on the 5th and 6th August 2017 when the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge hosts the iconic charity fund raising Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend.
This will be the 35th year for the event which is now well established as a premier attraction for the display of some 800 veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, military & commercial vehicles. Last year’s event was their best ever, breaking all records in entrants, spectators and funds raised.
Held in the heart of Hebden Bridge, at Calder Holmes Park, (HX7 8AU), most of the famous British marques are represented at the rally, along with famous names from across the world. The open plan layout of the site allows members of the public to get up close to the exhibits and chat to their owners. There are different display classes over the two days offering visitors a completely different show each day. Prizes will be awarded to all the winning entrants.
The display on Saturday 5th will be Classic Cars (1971 – 1993), Motorcycles (1971 – 1993), Rolls Royce & Bentleys (any age), Replica or Kit cars (any age), Military vehicles (any age), Tractors (registered pre 1993), Pre – 1971 registered vehicles, Novelty vehicles (pedal cars / classic bicycle etc).
Sunday’s display will feature Veteran & Vintage cars (up to 1930), Post Vintage cars (1931 – 1939), post War cars (1940 – 1960 / 1961 – 1972), Motorcycles up to 1972, American vehicles up to 1972, Military vehicles (any age).
As an added bonus, on Sunday morning, visitors to Hebden Bridge can watch the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society’s famous ‘Trans Pennine Run’ pass through the town. Hebden Bridge is an ideal location to watch this magnificent collection of historic vehicles as they wind their way across the Pennines, en route from Manchester to Harrogate.
Also on Sunday, they host a ‘Scenic Run’ giving participants a chance to meet beforehand and take part in this popular event, arriving at Calder Holmes Park around 11.00am.
Hebden Bridge is well worth a visit, if just to experience what the British Airways In-Flight magazine described as ‘One of the most funky towns in the world’. The town centre, with its wealth of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs is only a couple of minutes’ walk from Calder Holmes Park.
This is an event with something for the whole family ~ it is far from being merely a show for collectors. Not only will there be splendid vehicles on display but also varied entertainment including live music, fun rides for children, craft & product stalls, together with a wide range of quality catering and refreshment outlets.
The best way to arrive in Hebden Bridge, is by train. The station is still astonishingly similar to the 1840s, when the Manchester-Leeds line opened. The Victorian lettering is unchanged, with signs say “Lamp Room” and “Parcels Office”. The station is only 250 metres from the entrance to the park and given the limited parking facilities in and around Hebden Bridge, the train is by far the best way to visit the show.
However, if you do prefer to travel by car they provide additional car parking on the site of the old Walkley’s Clogs factory together with established car parks in and around Hebden Bridge. The park has a hard standing surround which makes it suitable for disabled access and is wheelchair friendly. They provide extra toilet facilities, including disabled toilets, which are clearly signposted. The park also has a children’s playground & skateboard area. St. John’s First Aiders will be in attendance, on both days.
So, a fantastic fun packed weekend, with the funds raised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge helping to support a wide variety of charities, good causes and individuals in need ~ with over £83,000 distributed in the last financial year alone. A major part of these funds were distributed to flood relief projects following the devastating floods on Boxing Day 2015. A full listing of the support they give can be found on their website www.hebdenbridgerotary.org.uk.
Make a diary note to be in Hebden Bridge on the 5th and 6th August ~ you won’t be disappointed!
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