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Issue:- 21 April 2010

The Riverside Steam & Vintage Vehicle Rally 2011
Report and photographs by P Trollope

THIS fantastic event returned, over 16 April and 17 April 2011, on the outskirts of Southport at the Riverside Holiday Park. This year’s event was held under blue skies, and that and the fields made a fantastic backdrop for a dazzling amount of full-size steam engines including Fred Dibnah’s Steam Collection as well as his iconic Land Rover. That’s was not forgetting the fascinating amount of miniature engines, vintage and classic vehicles including cars, trucks, tractors, motorbikes, plus military vehicles’. In fact, so many that we could not get round to cover them all! These fantastic machines were not the only attraction as the site offered many children’s rides, including a vintage fairground with fully working steam gallopers and donkey rides. Also an added attraction was a Ladies Marquee that featured crafts and demonstrations. I lost count as to how many trade stalls and food outlets there were on site, including Aunt Nellies’ Tea Room which let customers sit and soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying period-costumed table service. If all that did not captivate you, the event also offered local Michelin Star chef, Nigel Haworth, who gave cookery demonstrations in the marquee and signed books. To see what is scheduled to happen next year; and we really hope it does run again; go to This event just gets better and better.

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