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It is out with the old at the ever-popular steam rally

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 22, 2013

  • Brothers Keith, left, and Reg Chessun from Hayle on a couple of classic BSA motorbikes.

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A RECORD number of entries ensured that the annual Carnhell Green Vintage Rally was one of the best yet.

Now in its 20th year, the rally attracted thousands to the grounds at Carnhell Green on Saturday to enjoy the steam engines, vintage tractors, cars and motorbikes.

Each year a special guest is invited to officially open the rally; this year it was George Eustice, MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, who attended the event.

Fred Pascoe has been the president of Carnhell Green Charity Vintage Rally since it started 20 years ago and believes this year did not disappoint.

"We had one of the best events we have ever had. Each section was up on other years; it was very successful," he said.

A total of £7,800 was raised from the rally, which will be split between St Julia's Hospice, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and Children's Hospice South West.

Over the past 20 years the rally has raised more than £115,000 for the three Cornish charities.

Motor enthusiasts were kept busy with nearly 300 cars and motorbikes at the rally and a parade with more than 100 tractors and 50 steam engines.

Prizes were awarded in a variety of categories to the best vintage vehicles.

Visitors could watch a range of demonstrations of old farming methods, such as thrashing, as well as thatching, wood cutting and Cornish stone hedging.

Five shire horses were part of the heavy horse parade in the main ring and a dog show kept younger visitors entertained.

The car boot sale was extremely popular, leaving organisers struggling to find space to fit everyone in.

Mr Pascoe added: "We have a good working committee; I'd like to thank them all and all the helpers.

"It's a good community event."

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