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By KAREN BETHELL
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Four hundred classic vehicles from marine engines and motorcycles to Volvos and VW camper vans were on show at Holt Station on Sunday, as part of a vintage transport festival hosted by North Norfolk Railway.
Organised by classic car fan Neil Sharpe with the help of a team of railway staff and volunteers, the event, which was marshalled by North Norfolk Classic Vehicle Club, attracted hundreds of visitors, from toddlers to grandparents.
Two steam trains and a vintage bus ferried festival-goers between Sheringham, Weybourne and Holt, where exhibits spread across the three stations included a display of motorcycles and marine engines, an authentically-equipped 1940s caravan, automobile memorabilia and, at the main Holt display ground, cars, commercial vehicles and vintage tractors.
A pair of steam-powered Stanley cars drew a large crowd, with automobile fans lining up to take photographs. The Stanley Steamer, which was nicknamed the “flying teapot”, was built in America between 1902 and 1924 by twins Francis and Freelan Stanley.
The car, which had a steam boiler mounted under its seat, set the world record for the fastest mile in an automobile in 1906.
Visitors also had a chance to take a spin on a vintage roundabout and swings, ride a 1895 carousel used in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, or take a trip on a miniature railway brought along by North Norfolk Model Engineering Club.
Mr Sharpe, who has been a North Norfolk Railway volunteer for more than 20 years, also organises an annual classic bus event. He came up with the idea of adding a transport festival to the steam railway calendar eight years ago.
“We had 12 entries the first year and it has just grown and grown,” he said. “I think it has become so popular as old railways and vintage cars somehow go together and there aren’t many places you can see 400 classic vehicles parked up together.”