Join a vintage rally through the county and Cotswolds

There will be a photo opportunity at Wroxall Abbey
There will be a photo opportunity at Wroxall Abbey

There’s a treat for fans of classic cars and trains on Sunday when the Heritage Rally takes place.

The event, which is now in its third year, is sponsored by Wroxall Abbey Hotel & Estate and organised by the Heritage Motor Centre for vehicles aged 20 years or more.

Participants will follow the ‘Tulip Route’, which is marshalled by members of the Porsche Club GB.

The day starts at 9am at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon for registration, briefing and a look around the museum, home to the world’s largest historic collection of British cars.

The first cars leave at 10.30am with routes available of between 50 and 70 miles. There will be a checkpoint and photo opportunity at the historic Wroxall Abbey Hotel & Estate, the former countryseat of Sir Christopher Wren, before the cars make their way through the beautiful Warwickshire and North Cotswold countryside to Toddington Station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. There is plenty to see and do at the train station, including a train yard viewing area. For lunch there is a picnic area or the Flag and Whistle tea room.

Those on the Run will board the Steam Train at 2.40pm for the 24-mile round trip through glorious Cotswold scenery. The train ride includes a short stop at Cheltenham Racecourse station. On arrival back at Toddington station there will be a short presentation including a number of special fun awards.

John Bishop, groups & rallies senior co-ordinator at the Heritage Motor Centre, said: “The Heritage Rally is a great social event and is an absolute must for historic rally enthusiasts.

“For many it might be the first time they have joined a Run as no previous experience is required and for others it is one of the highlights in the rally events calendar.”

The cost for a car, driver and passenger is £55. Additional passengers are £13 per person. The cost includes a Rally Plaque for the car, Tulip Route, entry to the Heritage Motor Centre, the Steam Train ride from Toddington Station to Cheltenham Race Course Station and return to Toddington.

To enter the, visit www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk or contact John Bishop on 01926 645032.