A classic way to Blackpool

Bill Swindlehurst with his 1952 Jowett Jupiter with their 1968 Jaguar E Type at Stanley Park after the Manchester to Blackpool run
Bill Swindlehurst with his 1952 Jowett Jupiter with their 1968 Jaguar E Type at Stanley Park after the Manchester to Blackpool run
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Drivers of 70 classic cars converged on Stanley Park after completing this year’s Manchester to Blackpool rally.

The turnout was the best for some years as drivers showed off their vehicles to hundreds of visitors in the park.

Organised by the Lancashire Automobile Club, the rally is the second longest running event of its sort in the country, after the London to Brighton rally.

Nigel Whitaker, organiser of the Blackpool end of the rally for the club, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day for everyone.

“Every one of the drivers enjoyed themselves and it’s a fantastic setting in the Italian Gardens.

“We had a lot of very happy people – drivers and spectators.

“The weather held out for us and it has been a lot of fun.”

The rally was first staged in 1963 after members of the club – thought to be one of the oldest automobile associations in the world – met for a dinner.

Nigel said: “I think there were quite a few sherries drunk and someone suggested a run from Manchester to Blackpool.

“It’s now in its 53rd year.”

Among the stunning vehicles on the run were a 1926 Austin Iver, 1924 AC Royale, and the winner of the Blackpool Trophy, a 1937 MGA VA Tourer.

Blackpool Mayor Coun Peter Callow handed the trophy to owner Derek Martlew from Southport .