NE England Eastern European Vehicle Rally – 28 -31 May 2021

Our first post-lockdown event, and our first visit to the North East! 

The weekend was assembled by IFA Club regulars Barbara Hastings, Steve Moses and Martin Stead taking best advantage of their local knowledge.  As always, the Club welcomed an eclectic mix of cars and motorbikes from across the former Eastern Bloc.

Friday:  Met at Head of Steam Museum, Darlington.  This museum is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world’s first steam-powered passenger railway.

Saturday:  Beamish – The Living Museum of the North.  We displayed our vehicles within the museum itself! 

Sunday:   Road Run – a full day through some of England’s finest scenery including into Northumberland National Park area of outstanding natural beauty.  Departed near the Penshaw Monument, Sunderland, coffee break at Parkhead Tearoom (former Stockton & Darlington Railway station), lunch at Hexham then up towards Hadrian’s Wall, Kielder Forest and the Otterburn Ranges with a tea break at Kielder Water Visitor centre.

Monday:   Tanfield Railway – the world’s oldest railway (dates from 1725, 100 years before the Stockton & Darlington became the first steam railway). 

Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1 – Nice MZ
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: Meet at Stockton & Darlington North Road Station
Day 1: to the hotel …
Day 1: Day over …
Day 2: Ready to set off.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish – carb tweaking!
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish. Lovely DKWs alway welcome!
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish. 1.6 litre 4-stroke Trabant.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish. 1.6 litre 4-stroke Trabant.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish. Roof tent Wartburg 1.3.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish. 1.1 litre 4-stroke Trabant.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Fresh air back to hotel.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally. Our celebrity guest, Sarah from TV’s ‘Bangers and Cash’ programme.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: Eastern Bloc Vehicle Rally at Beamish.
Day 2: The Edwaerdian Street, Beamish.
Day 2: Beamish.
Day 2: Happy punters at Beamish.
Day 2: Beamish.
Day 2: End of day – departure.
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Day 3: Departure point at the Penshaw Monument.
Day 3: Departure point near the Penshaw Monument.
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Day 3: Coffee stop at former Parkhead railway station.
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Day 3: Richard Dredge shows the bravery requred toget that good shot!
Day 3: Richard Dredge shows the bravery requred toget that good shot!
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Day 3: Coffee stop at Kielder Water.
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Day 3: Coffee stop at former Parkhead railway station.
Day 3: Coffee stop at former Parkhead railway station.
Day 3: Departure point near the Penshaw Monument.
Day 3: Coffee stop at former Parkhead railway station.
Day 3: Coffee stop at former Parkhead railway station.
Day 3: Coffee stop at former Parkhead railway station.
Day 3: Coffee stop at former Parkhead railway station.
Day 3: Departure point near the Penshaw Monument.
Day 3: Trabi bums at Kielder Water.
Day 3: Departure point near the Penshaw Monument.
Day 3: Departure point near the Penshaw Monument.
Day 3: Departure point near the Penshaw Monument.
Day 3: Departure point near the Penshaw Monument.
Day 3: Departure point near the Penshaw Monument.
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Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Leaving Kielder Forest.
Day 3: Homewards.
Day 3: Homewards.
Day 3: Homewards.
Day 3: Homewards.
Day 3: Homewards.
Day 3: Homewards.
Day 4: Tanfield Railway.
Day 4: Tanfield Railway. Relieved event organisers – it’s nearly over! Martin Stead, Steve Moses and Barbara Hastings.
Day 4: Tanfield Railway – the Causey Arch.
Day 4: Tanfield Railway.