Fenland claims top three places at Historic Commercial Vehicle Society’s rally

FENLAND stole the show as it claimed the top three places at a classic commercial vehicle rally.

Enthusiasts flocked to the 50th Historic Commercial Vehicle Society’s London to Brighton Road Run which took place in glorious sunshine on May 1. The group has more than 3,000 members who between them own more than 7,500 commercial vehicles of 20 or more years of age.

Tony Knowles from Wimblington, the owner of Knowles Transport, was crowned outright Concours d’Elegance (best in show) winner for his vehicle Rutland and picked up the the National Benzole Trophy.

Runner-up was John Thomas from Guyhirn who picked up the Ernie Quinton Memorial Trophy for his vehicle ERF. Third place went to Wisbech’s George Dunlop for his fire engine Leyland Lioness.

The achievement was made even more remarkable considering 216 vehicles had taken party in the rally.

The fire engine - known more commonly as Vivien - also won the Best Open Cab Fire Appliance which it had previously won in 2004 and 2005.

Vivien trustee Steve Robinson and Andrew Downing drove the vehicle on the rally, accompanied by trustee chairman Mr Dunlop and his son Fraser.