Woodvale Rally – A Fun Packed Weekend
Report by Jane
Harrison, photos by Patrick Trollope
WELL if you missed it this year
then make a note in your diary for next years rally 7 August to 8
August 2010. I went along on both days to the Woodvale Rally. near
Formby which this year celebrated its 38th year. Back in 1971 my
late granddad, Richard Snape attended the first Woodvale Rally and
showed his 1927 Austin Seven affectionately known as
“Buttercup” and won first prize. Then the event was
organised by the local boy scouts and only cars, motorbikes and a
couple of steam engines were displayed along with a few side stalls.
Over the years the event has changed greatly, but still retains its
friendly family atmosphere.
As you walked along the runway you could hear the children’s
laughter straight away from the fairground on the right. There was a
good variety of rides and stalls to keep them entertained all day
long and even a chance to win one of the many giant soft toys, which
I saw quite a few had been won as I made my way around the large
Although Saturday morning started off cloudy and with the occasional
shower the rain clouds soon disappeared to make way for glorious
sunshine which had crowds of all ages flocking in to enjoy the 2 day
The field was amass with hundreds of vehicles, from vintage to
modern sports cars, American classics and hot rods with something
for everyone. Many of the car clubs had their own stands and
competed against each other for best vehicle. The show also runs its
own competition for motorcycles and cars, which is judged on the
Sunday morning, rosettes are awarded for first, second and third
place and the first place winners also receive a trophy which was
presented by this years Mayor of Sefton Councillor Alf Doran.
Saturday morning saw a cavalcade of military vehicles arrive and
drive down the runway to be inspected by the public, as I walked
through this area I thought I’d just arrived at an army base, where
there was a large display of English and American vehicles of
yesteryear along with a Huey UH-1H American helicopter which looked
like it had just come back from Vietnam. The Huey has become a
popular sight at the rally and flew in to the show ground. Owners of
the vehicles were dressed in army uniforms and readily available to
answer questions you may have about their unique vehicles. The next
port of call is the model aeroplane display area, where you can
watch flying displays of all types of model aircraft, all day long
and if you fancy having a go at this exciting hobby then there are
plenty of stalls which are reasonably priced for you to buy
your own aircraft.
As I made my way through the event there was plenty more to see and
do from displays of model railways, boats, meccano models.
Giant kite displays with multi coloured octopuses’ flying through
the sky. Live entertainment such as the Crazy Bears performing
throughout the 2 days. Bands, Morris dancers. I even spotted Laurel
and Hardy. If you fancy a bit of shopping then there was two
craft marquees, a giant car boot sale which has become a very
popular venue each year. There were many other stalls selling
everything from sunglasses to umbrellas to car parts. Food stands,
ice cream vans a bar and plenty of toilets are situated around
the field, so there’s no need to be caught short.
The weekend comes to a thrilling finale on Sunday at 5pm with a
breathtaking 20-minute Battle of Britain pyrotechnic display.
This is a display not to be missed and really draws the crowds. A
video of the display will be added very soon to our video archive
This is truly a great day out for all the family so why not put it
in your diary for next year or for more information visit the
More photographs will be added in next
weeks issue, but for now, please enjoy the 150+ photos from this
event, in this weeks edition.
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