News Round Up

  2018 Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally Update

The Driffield Steam & Vintage Rally has a reputation for the number and quality of steam cars attending the event but this year it is going one better, a steam tractor! Manufactured around 1920 in New Mexico, the working Bryan Steam Tractor is thought to be one of only seven left in the world. Appearing on the Saturday only, the tractor will be demonstrated by steam car owner Chris Wedgewood. It has a twin cylinder engine powered by a 600 psi boiler and is rated at 20 – 70 horse power. It has a water capacity of 60 gallons, enough for a days work.

Also, after several previous attempts, it is hoped that this year there will at last be the opportunity to see two working Doble steam cars together, probably for the first time ever in the UK.  The two cars are model D2 of 1921, the oldest Doble still in existence and believed to be creator, Abner Doble’s test car, and E22 of 1925. This latter car was new to the multi-millionaire aviator and film producer Howard Hughes  and is reputed to have been timed at 133m.p.h by the Texas police.

Among the other steam cars appearing will be one of only two existing Stanley Model ‘M’ cars and the sole surviving Morriss. Add in the only known 1907 Victor electric car and you can see why the Driffield rally is special.

Please note if you intend to participate in the Saturday night road run there is an important safety information update here

 

Here's a selection of images from the 2017 weekend

 

Hurricane Jets

Rolls Royce Griffon

 

1907 Victor Electric Car

Road Run 2017

Photographs Courtesy of

Charlie Rounce