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Vintage Transport Weekend
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August 2009


Vintage cars, Motorcycles, Traction Engines and Steam Trains combine to make a weekend of transport nostalgia.

STOP PRESS 2: Brake Van Rides
The first chance to travel new ground over the Ardingly Branch. 'Fenchurch' and the Queen Mary brake van will be operating shuttles from Horsted Keynes to the end of the Ardingly Branch on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August. The fare for this ride will be £3, with all proceeds going to the Northern Extension.

STOP PRESS: Two rather special additional attractions have been secured for Vintage Transport Weekend!

Rolls Royce Handlye Special The Rolls Royce Handlye Special (right and below) is a one-off car built by Robin Beech. Based on a Rolls Royce Phantom II chassis, it is powered by a massive Rolls Royce Merlin Aero engine, something in the order of 26 litres!! We look forward to hearing this leviathan in action over the weekend. Weather permitting, Robin hopes to be with us on both days of the event.

Austin Healey 3000 Mk1 BN7 Works rally car, SMO 744 (photo below left) is one of the famous 'SMO' cars. In late 1959, 3 cars were taken off the standard assembly line by the BMC Special Cars Division and consecutively registered SMO 744, 745 and 746. They were to be the main rally cars for the 1960 season along with URX 727 and UJB 143. The 1960 Liége-Rome-Liége rally was their finest hour. Four cars were entered and over a 96 hour period and about 3000 miles on Europe's toughest roads, David Seigle-Morris & Vic Elford drove SMO 744 into 5th overall, (and 2nd in class position) behind Pat Moss & Ann Wisdom in URX 727 who won the rally outright! SMO 746 crewed by John Gott & Rupert Jones came in 10th overall (3rd in class) to make it a Healey 1,2,3. The car is presented by kind permission of its owner and Kevin Law from Orchard Restorations. Please note this car will be at the show on Sunday only.


Works Riley 3000 Rolls Royce Handlye Special

U-class with Victorian Train - Bryan Benn - 12 Aug 2007 Traction engines - Derek Hayward - 11 Aug 2007

Event starts 10am each day

Classic & Vintage Cars

Classic & Vintage Motorcycles

Steam Traction Engines

Intensive 100% steam train service
Trains run hourly - see the Service 1 timetable,
but with the addition of an extra train in the morning
(10.20am from Horsted Keynes to Kingscote, 10.55am from Kingscote),
with the extra early morning bus as shown in the Route 473 bus timetable

Travel behind a steam locomotive in vintage railway carriages, some over 100 years old.

Vintage Cars - Derek Hayward - 11 Aug 2007 Ariel VA3 Motorcycle - Duncan Bourne - 16 Aug 2008

Restaurants - Engine Shed

Children's area with games and shows

Stationary Engine Display

Behind the scenes tours of the Carriage & Wagon restoration workshop

A Free Vintage Bus Service will operate on the Sunday.
Service 20: Brighton - Lewes - Chailey - Sheffield Park
Service 73: Crawley - Three Bridges - Turners Hill - Kingscote
Full Details (PDF File including timetables) here

More than 180 car entries and a large contingent of agricultural machinery booked to attend

In view of the very large number of bookings now received, we have had to make the reluctant decision to close vehicle entry applications to the show with immediate effect (7 July 2009), with the exception of the Motorcycle section, where we still have some space remaining. We realise that this is earlier than published on the entry form, but site safety has to be taken into account.

RML on 473 service at Kinsgcote - Derek Hayward - 11 Aug 2007 Stationary engine - Linda Chen - 11 Aug 2007

Click to download flyers, and entry forms for Motorcycles

Click for Acrobat Reader To read the entry forms (which are PDFs) you require Acrobat Reader. If you don't already have it installed you can download it free of charge from Adobe.

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Please note that whilst every effort will be made to provide
the listed attractions, The Bluebell Railway and the VTWE
team cannot be held responsible for any non appearances.


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