Colourful array of classic cars marks end of season with vintage rally in Sunderland

A colourful array of vintage cars and bikes drove into Sunderland to bring an end to the twenty-first season of shows for motoring enthusiasts.

Sunderland and District Classic Vehicle Society’s end of year event at Ryhope Engines Museum saw around 230 cars and 40 motorbikes descend on the Victorian pumping station on Sunday.

Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

The society which launched in 1996 by a handful of enthusiasts now has 130-strong membership.

It organises at least six of its own events each year, and each season begins and ends at Ryhope.

Society chairman Ian Davison said: “This is our end-of-season rally.

“We’ve been coming here for 21 years now and this is the one that wraps our season up.

Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

“This is our twenty-first year. We come every Easter Sunday and the last Sunday in October.

“There’s a little bit of everything here. Cars and commercials from the 1930s onwards, motorbikes, steam engines, traction engines.

“The pumping station itself is well worth a visit for everybody that hasn’t been before.

“We’ve got around 230 cars here and 40 motorbikes when we counted.

Olly Nelson selling his toy car collection at Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

Olly Nelson selling his toy car collection at Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

“It’s an excellent venue. It’s actually too small, we could do with a bigger venue, but it’s a nice place. A nice Victorian building and it’s always very, very popular.

“We’ve had a brilliant response. Everybody enjoys it. Everybody is amazed at how much is here and the variety of stuff that’s here.”

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

For more information about the club, visit www.sunderlandclassicvehicles.org

Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

Alfie Blakelock polishes his Singer at Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

Alfie Blakelock polishes his Singer at Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.

Sunderland District Classic Vehicle Society show at Ryhope Pumping Station.