Shropshire Man to showcase his rare Model T Bus at 31st Shropshire Family Vintage Show

There are 100s of classic vehicles on show of every kind and colour at the Shropshire Family Vintage Show, including some pretty special and unique items from Shropshire enthusiasts.

This summer, Shropshire man Terry Leach, from Shawbirch, Telford, will be wheeling his 1920 Model T Ford with Dixie Bodied Saloon Bus to the Greenhous Shropshire Showground. Crowds at the show, which runs from Saturday 30th June at 9.30am to Sunday 1st July at 4.30pm will be able to catch Terry’s bus on the Sunday.

Terry followed in the footsteps of his father Ron, who was an enthusiastic restorer of vintage commercials and along with his wife Vera travelled thousands of miles to rallies and shows, winning many trophies. He passed away in 2002 but his enthusiasm for restoration, skills, knowledge and expertise were passed down to his two sons, Ron Junior and Terry.

Terry was an indentured Motor Mechanic in the 1960's who went on to spend 46 years in the industry. This is when his own love of vehicles began. He worked as a Planning Engineer at Fodens the truck makers and became National Franchise Development Manager for Subaru & Isuzu. He then joined the Severn Hospice around nine years ago and has since retired.

His first restoration was a Ford Prefect 100E, which he came across whilst running a car dealership in Crewe during the 1980's.

Terry said: “Eight years ago I was trawling the net looking for something special to restore and came across the Model T Hotel Bus for sale in the Scottish Borders. It was unique and fitted in nicely with two other coaches I restored during the 1990's and millennium.

“The vehicle required a full restoration, which has taken eight years so far, the good news is parts are readily available at a reasonable price and specialist knowledge can be drawn from the web.

“The vehicle was originally supplied by H K Brown Ford Motor Engineers based in Kirkaldy. It later moved to the Crown Hotel Thornton Fifeshire where it operated as a Hotel Bus. It was also owned by Drambuie at one time and is believed to have carried the secret essence used in its manufacture.”

Terry has attended around 50 shows/road runs with the most recent being the London to Brighton. He will be exhibiting his Model T at the Shropshire Vintage Show on Sunday, 1st July.

“My Model T attracts attention wherever I go because it is one of the first motorised carriages, following on from the Horse-drawn carriage,” added Terry.

Vintage Show Committee Chairman, Richard Haynes, said: “We have hundreds of vehicles visiting us each year at the show, from all across the country. But it’s especially nice when we get some local vehicles on show and we get to glean some information about them individually. It’s fascinating to meet the current owners and hear about their history.

“As well as the vehicles, there is lots for all the family,  including craft and trade stalls, autojumble, fairground rides, go karts, face painting, juggling, shire horses, , the spectator sport Tractor Pulling, a village blacksmith and the well frequented beer tent and refreshment stands. The annual auction sale will take place on the Saturday 10.30am.”

One of the aims of the event is to raise funds for local medical charities and since the formation, the club has donated in excess of £160,000.

Tickets are £10 and under 16s are free. For more information and to buy tickets see the contact details opposite.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a club member, or the show, visit the website www.midshropshirevintageclub.com

Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance and on the gate for £10. Entry is FREE for under 16s!

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