PICTURE SPECIAL: A wonderful trip down memory lane

SOUTH Tynesiders turned back the mileage clock to pay homage to decades of automotive history.

A fantastic fleet of 180 vehicles took pride of place at the 31st annual Tyne-Tees Run at Bents Park, in South Shields, on Sunday.

ALL ABOARD ... transport enthusiasts saw buses from through the ages at the Bents Park show.

ALL ABOARD ... transport enthusiasts saw buses from through the ages at the Bents Park show.

Many of the people who packed into the park to see the pristine-condition vehicles on show weren’t even born when they first hit the roads.

But that didn’t stop them enjoying the chance to see the rich array of entrants, who parked up in South Shields after setting off in Stockton, taking in Sedgefield, Durham City and Chester-le-Street along the way.

There were plenty of admiring glances at the vans, fire engines, police cars, ambulances and buses that made up just some of the attractions on display.

Owners stood proudly by their vehicles, chatting with visitors and keen to share their motoring knowledge.

The colourful event, organised by the Historical Commercial Vehicle Society (HCVS), and looks set to stay on the road to success after attracting a bumper 180 entries this year.

The welcome arrival of summer sunshine ensured residents enjoyed a long walk in the park, seeing a wide range of makes and models from home and abroad.

Paul Pearson, the society’s regional president, said: “This is the 31st year of the event.

“It is known as one of the friendliest events of its kind in the country. We’ve had 180 entries this year.

“The big problem we’ve had is sponsorship. We’ve run the show without a sponsor for the last three years, but thankfully Go-Ahead North East has stepped in.

“It’s a very enjoyable event, and everyone is in it together.”

The event wasn’t just a chance for petrol-heads to get their fix, there were a host of awards on show for the finest vintage.

Prizes included best double decker bus, most elegant vehicle, best military vehicle, top tractor unit and best first-time vehicle entrant.

The Tyne Tees-Run takes place on the first Sunday of June every year – and organisers will already be gearing up to make the 32nd instalment an even bigger and better success.

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