Once again our annual trip to the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend, one of our favourite shows, started with disaster! As we have done for the last few years, we booked in the Caravan Club site at Cragg Vale in Mytholmroyd. One of our favourite sites, which would probably be our all-time number one site if it had toilet and shower facilities and Wi-Fi. It’s just over a mile from the show site and an idyllic base for a weekend. Well on the way there, I put my foot down in the motorhome, to overtake a bus which was pulling in, and the exhaust snapped! I arrived at the site sounding like the truck from Duel chasing down Dennis Weaver! Fortunately the AMC Pacer fared better and made it over without a hitch.
As seems tradition with the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend, rain was never far away and we had a downpour overnight. After drying the car off and getting ready to go to the show – it rained again! This time we came prepared and took along a fishing shelter and a couple of folding chairs – just in case – Of course we needed them. However by lunchtime the rain had all but blown over. As ever the Saturday was for classic cars over 21 years old and once again there was an excellent selection of exhibits, even if the weather kept a few exhibitors away. Due to the 21 year and over rule, there was a pleasing absence of modern cars with the exception of a few Rolls Royce, Bentley, replicas and military vehicles.
On the Sunday, the weather stayed dry and we took a drive into Hebden Bridge for a spot of lunch and a walk round the quaint Yorkshire town. If you have never spent any time in this little gem, you really must. We walked across the canal bridge and onto the showground to take a look at the ‘vintage’ pre1972 vehicles. Again an excellent selection of exhibits and the largest turn out of Jowetts I have ever seen.
This show, organised by the Rotary Club of Hebden Bridge is in its 32nd year and is going as strong as ever. As well as the vehicle exhibits, there was a selection of auto jumble, charity stalls, crafts and food. There was even live music by a jazz band and an excellent vocalist. I’m looking forward to booking for the 2015 show.