A host of family firsts at the 28th annual Shropshire Vintage Show

More than 5000 people are expected at this year’s Annual Vintage Show at the Shropshire Showground, which this year has a host of firsts to thrill vehicle enthusiasts and families alike.

The event, on June 6 and 7 at the Greenhous/West Mid Showground, will showcase some of the best vintage vehicles the country has to offer.

Exhibitors from all over the UK bring their vehicles, including every type of classic car, motorbikes, Land Rovers, military vehicles, steam engines, tractors and more. There are also shire horses (Sunday only), craft and trade stands, fairground rides, food, a beer tent and bar and much more.

For the first time this year village blacksmith Gary Saunders will be bringing examples of his work and a mobile ‘smithy’ to offer demonstrations and Bill Pywell will be providing greenwood wood-working demonstrations.

Plus there will be music from the Stiperstones Brass Band and the Wirral Pipe Band and the very rare Ashley’s Gallopers Victorian steam-powered carousel for everyone to have a go on, plus a children’s inflatable safety quad bike circuit.

Mr Hairy the life-like talking doll will be entertaining the crowds and playing the piano and Mike Salt from Wem will be bringing his steam-engine ‘Pepperpot’, plus displays by The Pony Club on both days.

 

Each year, a special tractor is featured and in 2015 it will be the David Brown tractor. For the first time the exciting spectator sport ‘Tractor Pulling’ will be at the show with the Whitchurch-based Challenger Tractor Club.

Vintage Show chairman, Richard Haynes, said: “Sir David Brown was an English entrepreneur who managed his family firm David Brown Ltd. He also owned the shipbuilding firm Vosper Thorneycroft and manufactured Aston Martins. During the Second World War his new tractor, called the David Brown VAK1, was produced, with over 7,700 units eventually sold, making Brown into a very wealthy man.

“In 1947, Brown saw a classified advert in The Times, offering for sale a "High Class Motor Business". So Brown acquired Aston Martin for £20,500 and, in the following year, Lagonda for £52,500, followed by the coachbuilder Tickford in 1955.

“The legendary 'DB' series of Aston Martin cars, including the Atom, all the DB versions from 2 to 9 and including the DB5 famously driven by fictional character James Bond in many of the films including Goldfinger – were all named after David Brown.  DBS were named after Brown using his initials.

“We are very pleased and excited to be featuring the David Brown tractors this year – and you can see they have quite a wonderful British production heritage. To add to this we have a Tractor Pulling Display where tractors pull a progressively weighted sledge over the distance and hopefully cross the finish line!

“And there will be display by the military vehicles, including 4X4 vehicles, tanks and lorries in the mounds created by the tractor pulling event.”

Every year the event also stages an auction of vintage machinery and tools by H J Pugh & Sons and this will take place on Saturday, June 6 at 11am.

One of the aims of the event is to raise funds for local medical charities and since its formation it has raised more than £150,000 for charities including the Severn Hospice and Hope House.

For the first time you can now buy your Shropshire Vintage Show tickets in advance by visiting www.westmidshowground.com

Tickets can also be purchased on the gate and are priced at £8 for adults and FREE for under 16s!

For more information, visit www.midshropshirevintageclub.com and follow the show on twitter at MSVCshow and on facebook at Shropshire Vintage Show.

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