Motor enthusiasts descend on Sunderland for rally

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MOTORING enthusiasts rode to Sunderland’s seafront for a vehicle extravaganza.

Yesterday, thousands of people visited the annual car rally, organised by the North East Bus Preservation Trust, held at Seaburn Recreation Park.

Richard, Claire and Thomas (5) Dickens  of Sunderland look at the details of one of the vintage cars on display at the 29th annual vintage vehicle rally at Seaburn recreation park on Monday.

Richard, Claire and Thomas (5) Dickens of Sunderland look at the details of one of the vintage cars on display at the 29th annual vintage vehicle rally at Seaburn recreation park on Monday.

As well as different models of car, coaches, buses, fire engines and ambulances were also on show.

Visitors even got the chance to roll back the years and enjoy a tour of Sunderland on vintage corporation buses.

Event organiser Mark Dolan said: “There are about 150 cars which I’ve managed to count, as well as 60 buses and 10 commercial vehicles, so it’s been one of the better turnouts for us.

“Obviously, we’ve been helped massively by the weather so it’s been very good.”

Among those displaying their cars was Dominic Hunt, who brought along his 1991 Mini Cooper Neon to the rally.

“It took me seven years of hard labour to get how it looks now, but it was worth it,” said Dominic, 51, of Sherburn Village, near Durham City.

“It’s one of only 150 left in existence and is worth about £3,500 now.

“I’m part of the Durham Mini Club and it was nice for all us to come to the rally in convoy today.”

Driver Mark Todd, 40, of Birtley, who works for Kingsley’s Coaches, was at the rally with 12-year-old son Samuel to raise funds for Armed Forces charity Help for Heroes.

“I’m not a massive bus fanatic, but I enjoy coming along to events like this,” said Mr Todd.

The rally followed a Mini Cooper car display at the park on Sunday.