Classic Cars on Display at Tynemouth Priory

Tynemouth Priory, in North Tyneside, played host to more than 50 classic vehicles at the weekend for the climax of the MG Northumbria Car Club’s annual Heritage event.

Set against the impressive backdrop of the English Heritage site, dozens of club members got to showcase their pride and joy to admiring spectators, all with a common appreciation for the popular classic cars of yesteryear.

Susan Airey MG MidgetAmong the impressive display was an MG Midget, a 1948 Riley 2.5 litre Roadster, an Austin Healy, a TVR and a Lotus Cortina. Overall winner on the day out of the 54 cars exhibited was George Dalgarno with his 1948 Riley Roadster.

Club committee member Mike Mitchell said: “The prize was handed out to the owner who had best maintained their vehicle. The rally is a great chance for owners to show off to the public what they’ve achieved, as well as showing off to each other. We were lucky with the weather – there were no breakdowns and we had a lot of people turning out to view the rally.”

Visitors to the priory, were also able to explore the ruins and learn more about the history of the site. The classic cars of MG and others were the perfect accompaniment to the location.

With almost 80 members, MG Northumbria is one of the largest areas within the MG Owners Club. Its members hail from as far north as the Scottish Borders down to County Durham, and west along the Tyne Valley. As an active club, it meets once a month at Backworth Hall, in North Tyneside, and stages regular events along with its own Heritage Run, attracting interest from all over the country.