Large crowds headed to Burnham-On-Sea seafront on Saturday evening (June 2nd) to see 150 classic vehicles arrive for the 25th annual Vale of Avalon Vintage Vehicle Road Run.
The popular event was the biggest yet with a wide range of vintage vehicles, from cars, lorries and bikes to military vehicles and emergency service cars, on show while raising charity funds.
The run started as normal in Glastonbury and the vehicles headed across the Somerset levels to Burnham’s Pier Street Car Park on the South Esplanade, where they were welcomed by spectators, as pictured here.
Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Bill Hancock and Mayoress Frances Hancock awarded a trophy to the owner of their favourite vehicle and chose a 1954 Daimler Dauphin owned by Paul Chamberlain from East Huntspill.
Talking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Paul said the winning vehicle was orginally built as a Lanchester for the 1953 Motor Show but was never produced and was converted into a Daimler by the factory. “The vehicle is unique – the only one of its type in the world,” added Paul.
Cllr Hancock added: “We were impressed at the quality and variety of vehicles on show and it was great to see so many people out on such a super evening enjoying the display.”
A long line of 150 vehicles arrived on the seafront during the evening
This vehicle needed a push into the car park after breaking down on the seafront
This Vincent MPH dateds back to 1934 and is owned by Peter Whyte
This 1965 Jaguar S Type has been fully restored in Somerset since 2003
A 1954 Austin Healy 3000 led the line of vehicles along Burnham seafront
A 1964 Ford Thames Trader was among the lorries at the display
A 1968 Jaguar 2.40 saloon also attracted plenty of attention
Spectators were able to see a wide range of vehicles in the seafront car park
Large numbers of people took advantage of the good weather to see the display
This impressive Chevrolet was among the vintage cars on show
Money raised on the night went to the Eye Unit at Musgrove Park Hospital
A 1964 E-Type Jaguar was among the vehicles on show
This 1943 Ford Army Jeep was among the military vehicles on display
The vehicles were welcomed by Burnham’s Mayor Bill Hancock and Mayoress Frances Hancock, Town Crier Alastair Murray and Deputy Mayor Andy Brewer
The overall winner, chosen by the Mayor, was this unique 1954 Daimler Dauphin owned by Paul Chamberlain from East Huntspill