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Thousands blow off seam at return of Vintage Rally


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Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June, thousands of families turned out for one of the UK’s oldest and largest steam rally conventions as it made its annual return to Oxfordshire. An estimated 15,000 people made the most of one the hottest weekends of the year to enjoy more than 100 steam engines, Battle of Britain memorial flypasts and thousands of vintage vehicle displays. Nathan Allan, member of the Banbury Steam Society which organises the event, said: “Despite some heavy downpours in the days preceeding the show, the sun came out to shine on one of our largest events and crowds to date. It was great to see so many familiar faces returning to enjoy a weekend of fun, whilst welcoming some new ones too.


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“What started out over 50 years ago as an organised display of steam engines has grown to become an inclusive family event enjoyed by thousands of people from across the UK. Whilst we have retained the tradition of creating a showground for steam engines, they are now surrounded by a diverse offering of attractions to entertain the whole family.” This year’s event featured more than 100 steam engines with some dating back more than a century, alongside classic cars, motorbikes, caravans, ex-military and commercial vehicles. New to this year’s event was the introduction of a local treasure hunt, featuring clues hidden around the local area and culminating in a £100 cash prize buried inside the event. Keeping cool in the shade was an array of animal displays including Karluk Siberian huskies, ferrets and donkeys as well as alpacas, horses, birds of prey, whilst nearby visitors could take a step back in time exploring working areas, historic re-enactments. Throughout the weekend, visitors were kept entertained with demonstrations in the main arena featuring vehicle and animal displays whilst live music, food and a licensed bar provided a more relaxed vibe.


intage vehicles, animal attractions and diverse demonstrations accompanied hundreds of steam engines at the return of Bloxham Rally, in it’s 51st year. On


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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019


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