Showcase of vintage transport drives into Sunderland for its debut

Rows of cars have been set out for the weekend event in Seaburn.
Rows of cars have been set out for the weekend event in Seaburn.

The first ever North East Festival of Transport has got into gear.

The event has been introduced to Sunderland's seafront event calendar for the summer, bring together owners and experts from Sunderland and District Class Vehicle Society and the North East Bus Preservation Trust.

Remember this model and brand of bus on our roads? The North East Bus Preservation Trust has put some of its vehicles on show.

Remember this model and brand of bus on our roads? The North East Bus Preservation Trust has put some of its vehicles on show.

The first day of the weekend event was hosted at Cliffe Park and Seaburn Park, with tomorrow expected to bring in a bigger crowd and yet more vehicles to see.

Ian Davison is chairman of the classic vehicle club, which has 130 members and has been running for 21 years.

He said: "We were talking about putting on another, later show and it came up in conversation with Councillor John Kelly and Trevor Hines, from the North East Bus Preservation Trust and it went along the lines of putting together something more general and different forms of transport rather than just cars or buses.

"It's great to see all the vehicles and while it's quite a regular thing for us, because we normally do this every weekend, people love to walk around and like to see them for the nostalgia."

Sunderland's North East Festival of Transport has welcomed a host of vehicles.

Sunderland's North East Festival of Transport has welcomed a host of vehicles.

Vehicles on show include a former Sunderland Busways single decker, which took visitors on a tour around the city today, and a Mark I Ford Transit ambulance, which has appeared in films including the Bank Job, staring Jason Statham, The Royal, Heartbeat and George Gently.

Cars include a 1970 Ford 20m, A MG TD built in 1952, a Trojan Bubble Car which dates back to 1964 and a 1991 Ford Escort, with the oldest car on the field a 1938 MG TA.

The festival continues from 10am to 5pm tomorrow, with entry £2 for adults, with rides set up on Cliffe Park.

The festival follows on from the society's classic car event, held in the same park, in June.

This red 1964 Trojan Bubble Car is among the classics on display.

This red 1964 Trojan Bubble Car is among the classics on display.

It meets on the first Thursday of each month in The Farmers' Club in Ryhope at 7.30pm.

It will also be holding a classic car show at Horns Garden Centre in Shotton Colliery on Sunday, August 20, in aid of St Cuthbert's Hospice in Durham.

The bus enthusiasts are also running heritage bus trips from the old tram stop on Whitburn Road, next to Cliffe Park, each weekend from 11am, heading along the seafront to Keel Square and back during the summer.

More details on the trust can be found here and information on the car society can be found here.

Cars from America and Europe are on show for the weekend.

Cars from America and Europe are on show for the weekend.

Both also have their own Facebook pages.