vehicles converge on Burnham-On-Sea for annual road run
of people lined Burnham's seafront on Saturday evening
(June 4th) to
watch more than 200 vintage vehicles converge on the town for
the 12th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run.
South Esplanade was closed to public traffic for four hours to
allow the crowds to see wander around the cars, motorbikes, vans
and lorries dating back more than 20 years.
the vehicles on display were vintage ice cream vans, police cars
and fire engines alongside some valuable cars and motorbikes.
Upshall (pictured below) of Evercreech was awarded The Mayor's Choice
Trophy by Eric Gill, Burnham-On-Sea's Mayor, after he decided that
a red and white Austin Nash was the vehicle he'd most like to take
39 year-old car was found in a local scrap yard in 1980 and has
been completely stripped down and rebuilt to its original condition
by Mr Upshall, with all its metal work, welding, spraying and
upholstery being updated.
Gill told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's been a tough decision.
My trophy goes to the vehicle I'd most like to take home - and
I have to admit that I would prefer to be giving away 250 trophies
today because there are so many super vehicles on show today.
The one I have chosen, though, really stands out - it has sentimental
event began in
Glastonbury at 5pm when
legend Acker Billk officially
started the event.
vehicles then proceeded along the A39, through Woolavington and
Bason Bridge to Burnham, where they lined up along the South Esplanade
the gems on show was a 1953 Austin 16 FLI, pictured here with
owner Bill Biffen of Bridgwater. He
has taken four years to restore the car to its former glory.
Ralfs from Clevedon was displaying his green 1968 Morris 1000,
a former Bristol Water van (pictured right), which he has owned
for 10 years.
among the many other eye-catchers was a 1959 Dennis F28 fire engine,
owned by Burnham-On-Sea resident Tony Stephens.
than 20 vintage motorbikes were also on display and, of these,
a 1961 Triumph Bonneville caught the attention of many enthusiasts,
including Mayor Eric Gill (pictured below).
machine, owned by Tony Champeny of Street, has been completely
re-built during the last 18 months and is now in exactly the same
condition as it would have been when it originally left the showroom.
Gill was joined by Alan Gloak, chairman of Somerset County Council,
and Burnham's deputy Mayor, Dennis Davey, in viewing the vintage
vehicles from the town's rescue hovercraft, which was towed along
the seafront during the event.
year, the event raised £2,000
Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. It is hoped that a similar
amount has been raised for this year's beneficiary, the Children's
Hospice South West.
VINTAGE VEHICLE ROAD RUN ROUTE:
outward route from Glastonbury to Burnham-On-Sea was as follows:
> Butleigh Road
> Bere Lane
> Chilkwell Street
> Lambrook Street
> Wells Road
> Tin Bridge Roundabout
> Glastonbury Bypass
> Street Bypass
> Woolavington Corner
> turning into Woolavington
> East Huntspill
> Basin Bridge
> Walrow Industrial Estate
> A38 to Edithmead Roundabout
> left into Burnham-On-Sea
> along the sea front to the south Esplanade