Apperley Vintage Vehicle (AVV) Event

Saturday October 15th saw the inaugural Apperley Vintage Vehicle’s event at Apperley Cricket Ground in fine weather with many cars, motorbikes, tractors and lorries on display.  The event ran from 8.00a.m until 4.00p.m and saw a steady crowd throughput who enjoyed seeing a range of interesting vehicles of varying vintage including a beautifully kept Model T Ford, MG TC, 1969 Volvo, MGA, Audi, classic Mini, well used Land Rovers, WW11 Jeeps with their big brother, a Dodge, TVR, Porsche, Auston Martin, Austin Healey and possibly the star of the show, an outstanding maroon body 1938 3.5 Litre Brough Superior (only about 80 were manufactured of this magnificent open top classic motorcar).   

Amongst a fine selection of tractors was a superb green/yellow John Deere 3050 which had only recently been totally restored to a fabulous ‘as new’ condition, along with Fordson Deaxta, Ford TW25 and 7000, Nuffield, David Browns, Massey Fergusons and other well-known marques, many still in active service on the land.  One rather amazing story: a tractor which had laid dormant in its shed for 28 years with diesel in its tank, was on display. Earlier in the week air had been pumped into its tyres, a battery connected, and the starter turned over.  Much to the amazement of all, the engine fired up quickly and it was soon on the way to the Cricket ground.

Close to two showroom condition Charles Russell Scania lorries was an incredibly lovely 1934 ERF model C15 flatbed lorry. Three motorbikes, including two well-travelled Vincents and a mint condition 1965 Honda S90 which had motor bike fans happily looking on.

To the delight of many, as well as the motorised vehicles, two very handsome Shire horses were towing a carriage taking passengers on short journeys over the nearby road and field.  Two stars in their own right! Next to the pavilion The Dragonfly Forge showed many fantastic wrought iron garden sculptures, dragonflies, honeybees and robins which would look lovely in any garden or park.

A BBQ and a sausage sizzle ran most of the time with a welcoming bar ensuring that an enjoyable time was had by the many motor enthusiasts who attended. Apperley Cricket Club would like to sincerely thank all the many exhibitors, the supportive local community for visiting the event and helping raise £450 by partaking in the raffle for the Primary School PTFA. Grateful thanks also to the Club Members cooking the breakfast, the BBQ and manning the bar.

Without doubt a splendid day’s experience which has set a high standard for future AVV events.