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Yattendon’s Classic Vehicle Day welcomed its largest turnout yet as it returned to the West Berkshire village at the weekend, writes Emily Pennington.

Hundreds of display vehicles turned up to the event, now in its seventh year, which took place on Sunday and had everything from Maseratis, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, to Minis and Ford Anglias.

Spectators enjoyed viewing the ensemble of around 600 vehicles, which also included a wide selection of vintage tractors and commercial vehicles, plus a number of Second World War military vehicles and a very shiny 1940s fire engine.

Tony Stone, with his 1948 MGTC
Tony Stone, with his 1948 MGTC
Rosie Bucknell, seven, on a 1927 Rolls Royce, pictured by Geoff Fletcher
Rosie Bucknell, seven, on a 1927 Rolls Royce, pictured by Geoff Fletcher
Tractor Line up
Tractor Line up
Ian Williams from Yattendon with his Field Marshall series 1 from June 1945
Ian Williams from Yattendon with his Field Marshall series 1 from June 1945

The star of the show, however, was the Sherman tank, which arrived on Saturday evening in the display field for everyone to see.

This particular Sherman, owned by Nigel Stoate, was in the Brad Pitt Second World War action film Fury, partly shot near Thame, where she was dubbed ‘Old Phylis’.

With the show at an end, however, the tank got stuck in the entrance gate and took 40 minutes to get out.

The Sherman tank, which starred in the film Fury, makes its way home from Yattendon
The Sherman tank, which starred in the film Fury, makes its way home from Yattendon
All loaded up and ready to go home
All loaded up and ready to go home
Multi tasking
Multi tasking

Refreshments were on offer too, with coffee served from a classic Land Rover and a vintage Citroën van, and

beer served from a West Berkshire Brewery van called ‘Dave’.

Visitors were also able to wander around the vintage and craft stalls in the display field and village hall, as well as walk up to Yattendon Garage to see classic car restoration in action.

Ray Prior with his BMW Isetta. (57567616)
Ray Prior with his BMW Isetta. (57567616)
Scooter Boys on their way home
Scooter Boys on their way home

Best in Show prizes were presented by Lord Illiffe, who allowed the event to be run on his Yattendon Estate, to a 1930's Vauxhall, a 1950's Austin Healey Sprite and a scooter and sidecar.

For the second year running, all money raised at the free event will go towards the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other local charities. The total is expected to be around £3,000.



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