Chiltern Hills Vin­tage Ve­hi­cle Rally

Last minute re­prieve for Buckinghamshire’s big gath­er­ing of clubs and clas­sics in Wee­don Park

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

With in­ces­sant rain for a week in the run-up to the 23rd edi­tion of the an­nual Chiltern Hills Vin­tage Ve­hi­cle Rally, in­clud­ing a heavy down­pour the evening be­fore, this one-day clas­sic event near Ayles­bury, Buckinghamshire was al­most can­celled at the 11th hour.

How­ever, come the morn­ing of the event, the sun shone brightly and the queues of clas­sic cars and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles at the ar­rivals gate at Wee­don Park were a re­as­sur­ing sign that the rally was def­i­nitely go­ing ahead.

The 2017 event at­tracted a wide va­ri­ety of both and pre- and post-war clas­sics, in­clud­ing a large se­lec­tion of Austin Sev­ens and Mor­ris 8s from the for­mer cat­e­gory, as well as ex­am­ples of 1930s Rolls-Royce, Alvis, Tri­umph, Vaux­hall and Ri­ley, with a healthy spread of early Ford Model Ts in at­ten­dance too.

Post-war high­lights included a good spread of early Ja­panese cars, in­clud­ing a 1971 Toy­ota Corolla SR coupé and Honda N600, plus nu­mer­ous Dat­sun 240Zs. Amer­i­can metal was out in force too, with plenty of 1950s and ‘60s De­troit iron, in­clud­ing a pair of 1959 Ed­sels, plus Pon­tiac GTOs and GMC pick-ups. Other un­com­mon sights included a Bedford CA Aris­to­crat minibus, a Fa­cel Vega Ex­cel­lence, Suzuki X-90, and three VW-Porsche 914s.

Lo­cal branches of ma­jor clas­sic car clubs present at Ayles­bury included the MG Car Club, Tri­umph TR club, two Ford Granada clubs, Land Rover Se­ries 2, Porsche Club GB, plus three cars from lo­cal Lada en­thu­si­asts.

A mar­ket and small au­to­jum­ble rounded off the suc­cess­ful – and ul­ti­mately sunny – 23rd run­ning of the Chiltern Hills Rally very well. Gary Axon

Pre- and post-war clas­sics ga­lore lined up in Wee­don Park, near Ayles­bury.

BE­LOW A distin­guished rar­ity at Wee­don Park was this strik­ing 1958 Bedford CA Aris­to­crat minibus.

A colour­ful trio of VWPorsche 914s with an aptly num­bered 1970 ex­am­ple in the fore­ground.

Prov­ing that not ev­ery Ford of this vin­tage was black – this 1924 ma­roon Ford tourer was among the Model Ts on dis­play.

A pair of colour co­or­di­nated Amer­i­can clas­sics at Wee­don Park - a 1956 Chevro­let (left) and a 1958 Oldsmo­bile.

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