Historic transport rally

A gathering of boats and classic cars

Event details

26 August 2018

10:00am - 5:00pm

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

Shropshire Union Canal


National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

South Pier Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 4FW

Come and see the wide range of classic vehicles including bikes, buses and cars as well as our traditional boats.

Between sixty and seventy classic cars are expected to attend our very first Transport Rally. The cars will be spanning in era from the 1920's right up to the 2000’s and will include Saloons, Sports Cars and Tourers.

Cars to look out for...

Austin Sixteen

Above is an Austin 16 from 1948. This was the first new British car to be marketed after WW2. It was a re-hash of a pre-war model but with a more powerful engine. As after the war most of the production of new cars was destined for foreign shores, getting a car was quite difficult. The first owner of this car was Edinburgh’s Chief Constable William Booth Rennie Moran, later to become ’Sir' and a CBE.  This is a picture of him with Winston Churchill about 10 years previous to owning the Austin 16.”

Morris Oxford

The oldest car present will be a 1926 Morris Oxford which, although a British car, it was bodied in Australia.  As was the practice then, a running and driving engine, chassis and radiator would be shipped out to the Colonies to be finished by the local coach builders. This car was completed by a firm called Holden who were founded in 1856. One of its differences from the home incarnation is that it has a wider rear axle, this not only makes it more stable on rough roads, but it gives more room on the back seat. It recently has had a major engine rebuild at a price that would make your eyes water! It is named as a Flat Nosed Morris to distinguish it from the earlier Bull Nosed Morris. The car is very comfortable in its front and rear ‘Chesterfield ‘type seats. Holden made its last car in 2017. 

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