20th Cumbria Easter Rally
Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally Returns to Kirkby Stephen & Brough
THE 20TH CUMBRIA EASTER RALLY
Over 250 vintage buses, lorries and commercial vehicles on show. Free admission, free bus rides, Saturday evening road run through the fells, food & drink stalls and vintage funfair.
The Cumbria Easter Rally, the UK’s biggest, free commercial vehicle rally celebrates its 20th anniversary when the picturesque event returns to Kirkby Stephen and Brough on 31st March and 1st April 2018.
Held at locations in the Upper Eden Valley and in the Cumbrian North Pennines’ area of outstanding beauty and the new extended Yorkshire Dales National Park (Westmorland Dales), the annual two-day event attracts thousands of people to South East Cumbria over the Easter weekend.
Well-preserved and lovingly restored vintage lorries, buses, coaches, Land Rovers, military, utility vehicles, tractors and other farming vehicles, vans, wagons and old pedal bikes will be showcased across various sites across Kirkby Stephen and Brough with donation-only classic bus rides between them.
The classic bus route will start at Kirkby Stephen station on the Settle-to-Carlisle Railway. This delightful Victorian station will be the gateway to the event with a display of the history of the station and railway courtesy of the Friends of the Settle-to-Carlisle Railway and will include a refreshment café.
A highlight of the 20th Classic Easter Rally is the amazing road run through the fells taking place on Saturday 31st March. The evening procession will delight the crowds lining the route as the fells of the Westmorland Dales create a spectacularly beautiful backdrop for professional photographers and Instagrammers alike to take pictures of the procession of classic trucks and buses.
Entry is free for exhibiting historic, commercial vehicles and the free, family-friendly event features a vintage funfair and other activities for children, plus local artisan craft and food stalls and extended parking to manage visitor numbers comfortably. For some, the Rally is two days of nostalgia and for others it provides a fascinating visual history of commercial vehicles.
From 2018 onwards Encounter Eden, a not-for-profit, social enterprise designed to give the area an economic boost with a series of events in the region will co-ordinate the classic commercial vehicle rally. The Rally was organised for the last 19 years by the Eden Classic Vehicle Group and the now-retired Hamer Family (returning as 2018 exhibitors).
Road Run on Saturday 31st March at 16:30 starting at Kirkby Stephen Railway Station and from Grand Prix in Brough. If you want to take a bus to join the route please be at Kirkby Stephen Station at 16:10.
Speaking about her retirement, Ali Morriss nee Hamer commented, ‘It has been fantastic to see how the rally has grown in popularity over the years. I love the way local community organisations open their doors to visitors during the rally to sell teas, coffees, cakes and bacon butties, it is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for their clubs and societies.’ ‘I’m absolutely delighted that Nanette Rigg from Encounter Eden has come forward to take over the coordination of the rally. It has always been a team effort and many of the rally volunteers have already committed to continue working with Encounter Eden so that the Rally will be around for years to come to maintain momentum and keep the wheels turning. And don’t be surprised to see a few of the Hamer family helping out too!’