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  This page has photos of the Vintage Rally held at West Bay, Dorset on Sat. 13 and Sun. 14 June 2009 - see WEST DORSET VINTAGE TRACTOR for more details.

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Two BSA motor bikes

Only this one photo of motor bikes - a pair of BSAs, fine machines.



Riley 1.5 litre To start the cars, a Riley 1.5 litre, I had a Dinky Toy one as a child and always look out for them even now.



Morris Eight

Next to the Riley, a Morris Eight in superb condition.




A Morgan, a design little changed for many years.



Austin A55 Cambridge

Next to that an Austin A55 Cambridge, good solid cars in their day.



Morris Eight and a Rover

Morris Eight and Rover

Two photos of a Morris Eight alongside a very impressive old Rover.



Ford Thames van conversion

A Ford Thames 5 or 7 cwt. van converted to an estate car, once a popular conversion as vans didn't attract purchase tax unlike cars.  Next to it is Austin's answer to the Land Rover - an Austin Gypsy.


Morris Minor van

A Morris Minor van, no frills transport for tradesmen.



Raleigh and James 3 wheel vans

Staying with vans we have these two three wheelers, nearest the camera a Raleigh and next to it a James.  Both are a strange cross between ordinary van and motor bike.



A pair of black Austins, nearest the camera is, I think, an A40 Somerset while beside it is an A30/A35.




Next along was this Wolseley from the days before they were badge engineered versions of Morris cars.



Hamblin Cadet

A Dorset marque at a Dorset show - the Hamblin Cadet was a kit car using an Austin 7 chassis produced in Sherborne.



Hillman Husky

A Hillman Husky, based on the Minx it differed from the Minx Estate and was very similar to the Commer Cob van.



Rover and Vauxhall

A Rover (I think) and right a Vauxhall.


Morris Minor convertible

Another Morris Minor, this one's a convertible, a less common variant.


Mark 2 Jaguar

One of my all time favourites, a Mark 2 Jaguar, fantastic cars!



Bristol car

A rarer beast - a Bristol.



Wolseley 12

A Wolseley 12, proudly carrying the new Dorset flag.



Austin A30/A35s

An Austin A30 left and two A35s including an unusual pick up version.


Austin A35 pick up

Ausin A35 pick up

A closer look at the pick up - a rare variant, only 475 were produced.



American pick up

A 1930s American pick up in unrestored condition, I think this one is in regular use on the farm.


Vintage tractor

Shown by the same group of exhibitors was this decidedly elderly tractor that was running - it took a lot of effort heaving on the controls and left a strong smell of paraffin behind it as it literally  chugged along.



Double Fordson tractor

Double Fordson tractor

This extraordinary machine is two Fordsons joined together, it is steered by hydraulic rams and can turn through 90 and spin almost in its own length.  The idea was to make a 100bhp, 4 wheel drive tractor for heavy work.


Two Massey Fergusons and a Ferguson TE20

Two Massey Ferguson tractors flank a Ferguson TE20 - a Little Grey Fergie.



Tractor line up

A varied line up of tractors including a crawler, a David Brown, two grey Fergies and a Nuffield.



Two venerable Fordsons

Two venerable Fordsons, one being in the green of wartime deliveries when bright colours might have attracted an attack from the skies.


Another tractor line up

Another line up of tractors this time including a Massey Ferguson 135, a McCormick and two more "little grey Fergies".


A line of Fordsons

A line of Fordsons including one Ford as they were later known.


Grey Fergie and two Masseys

A grey Fergie and two Masseys - not sure about the authenticity of the blue wheels and grill on one of them but it's up to the owner what colour he paints it!


Two Masseys and a Fordson

This time it's two Masseys and a Fordson.


Oliver tractor

A rarer tractor - an Oliver from the USA.


Leyland fire engine

A 1939 Leyland Cub fire engine originally with Budleigh Salterton UDC brigade.



Forward control Land Rovers

Now to Land Rovers starting with some forward control examples, two ex military and a civilian one.


Land Rover line up

A Land Rover line up including forward control ones, a fire engine and a Range Rover ambulance.


Land Rover line up

Another varied Land Rover line up.


It's not pink - it's telemagenta!

It's not pink, it's telemagenta! Well, that's what it says on the side!


Open top Land Rovers

A pair of Land Rovers with their tops off and screens down - great on a hot day!


Two early Land Rovers

Another pair, these have their tops on.


Austin Gypsy

Not a Land Rover but an Austin Gypsy, this one is in Police colours.



Bedford TK and Ford D Series

On to the lorries with a Bedford TK left and a Ford D Series.


AEC Mammoth Major

A bit bigger, a AEC Mammoth Major 8 wheeler, not something you see now with artics dominating.



4WD Bedford and factory tug

A military style 4 wheel drive Bedford beside a little factory tug.


Scammell heavy haulage

A heavy haulage Scammell, this one is named "Sir Robert".


Military Scammell

Military Scammells

Military Scammells

Various military Scammells were exhibited in this part of the show.



US Army truck

The US Army equivalent of the Scammells.


Austin brewers dray

An Austin brewers dray in the colours of Eldridge Pope Brewery.



Leyland Hippo

A Leyland Hippo with an interesting living unit on the semi-trailer.



Ford Thames Trader

A Thames Trader - never did work out why Ford called their vans and lorries Thames rather than Ford.


Dodge recovery truck

A Dodge recovery truck in the colours of Bournemouth's Yellow Buses.



AEC artic

An AEC artic - on the door it says "The Other Woman No 2"


Electric milk float

Once a common sight in towns, an electric milk float.



Miniature traction engines

Miniature traction engine

Miniature traction engine

Miniature traction engine

There were several miniature traction engines in the Rally, this is a selection of them.



Steam driven threshing machine

A traction engine driving a threshing machine, still useful as the straw from crops cut and threshed the traditional way is suitable for thatching whereas that from a combine isn't.


Steam powered saw bench

More working steam, a traction engine powering a saw bench.


Burrell showman's engine

Also present was this Burrell showman's engine.


Burrell showman's engine

There was another Burrell showman's engine present, both of them made a fine sight.



That's it for this Rally, there are photos of the area around the rally site on West Bay, the organising club's own site is at WEST DORSET VINTAGE TRACTOR

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