CLASSIC cars made in the golden age of English motoring drew hundreds of people to a rally at a popular North East tourist attraction.
And while many were made in the 1930s, they actually brought a touch of modern life to their surroundings when they went on display at the Bede’s World.
Owners of around 60 Austins, Fords, Daimlers and MGs descended on the Anglo-Saxon attraction, in Jarrow, South Tyneside, to mark the very first Classic Car Day.
The event proved so successful, the museum plans to hold a similar rally every year from now on.
Pearl Saddington, deputy director at Bede’s World, said: “People have asked what classic cars and Bede’s World could possibly have in common, but this is a celebration of English-made cars and Bede was the founder of English identity.
“So, we are linking the two together because it is still so true to our mission, to be very proud of everything that is great, good, beautiful and true in England.
“It’s the first time we have done this, but it has been very popular and classic car owners have driven from all over the North East to show off their cars.
“They really love it here. To have the cars sitting among an Anglo-Saxon display makes it all look like something out of Doctor Who.”
John Dalton, chairman of the Tyneside Branch of NECPWA (North East Club for Pre-War Austins), of Cullercoats, said: “This has been organised between Bede’s World and NECPWA and it’s been a fantastic day.
“It’s the first time we’ve staged this, but we intend to be back every year because Bede’s World is a wonderful place. I brought my 1970 Escort Mexico with me.
“For me, being involved in classic cars is something to do in your spare time, plus it’s keeping our motoring heritage alive.
“The beauty of my car is, thanks to the government of the day, it is old enough to be tax exempt.
“The other attraction of having a classic car is being able to travel to rallies at all these beautiful places like Bede’s World.”