Thousands flock to Stradsett rally in 40th year

The 40th Stradsett Vintage rally IAO East Anglian Air Ambulance ANL-160105-164749009
The 40th Stradsett Vintage rally IAO East Anglian Air Ambulance ANL-160105-164749009

There was something for everyone as Stradsett Vintage Rally celebrated its 40th anniversary at the weekend.

More than five-and-a-half thousand people flocked to the annual rally, held on a Norfolk country estate.

Organiser Gordon Carson, from the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club, said: “We had a few car parking issues, but other than that it was a fantastic weekend.

“Considering the weather in the week leading up to the event, it could have been a lot worse.

“To mark our 40th anniversary, we completely changed the layout this year but there was still something for everyone.

“We had a 100-year-old tractors there and we also had eight or nine tractors present which also attended our first-ever rally.

“There were cars, tractors, steam engines and this year we also had helicopter rides for the very first time.”

The theme for 2016 was grass cutting, hay making and 100 year-old tractors.

There were more than 500 exhibits comprising of vintage tractors, cars, motorcycles, heavy horses, steam engines, lorries, stationary engines and other bygones.

This was supported by trade stands, ring displays and parades along with catering and bar facilities.

Some of the money raised will be given to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.