Thousands expected at Motor Show and Classic Car Rally as it comes of age

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Thousands of people are expected to descend on Harewood House tomorrow for The Yorkshire Post Motor Show and Classic Car Rally.

Around 1,000 vehicles will adorn the spectacular grounds of the estate as the Father’s Day event celebrates its 21st year.

Among the treats on show will be a 1943 Dodge WC51 Weapons Carrier used in the Second World War during the Normandy campaign.

The truck was badly damaged and rebuilt in an annexed Mercedes Benz factory being run by the US Army. Its owner Richard Hulme restored the vehicle which had been imported as a non-runner.

Mr Hulme, 41, from Rotherham, said: “From word of mouth I found out that someone from Shropshire imported them from Norway. After the war there were thousands of these units left throughout Europe and the Norwegian Army took them from the US Army as their truck of choice. It had been used on a small-holding to tug and tow and transport pine trees. Every crevice and every hole was full of pine needles and we are still finding them now.”

A Mclaren 12C Spyder, the convertible version of McLaren’s supercar, will also be on show.

Visitors can see hundreds of classic, vintage, specialist and commercial vehicles in what is one of Yorkshire’s biggest car rallies as owners vie for top place in a number of categories.

They can also enjoy a packed programme of entertainment in an events arena and an array of food.

The show this year pays tribute to the Land Rover Defender which is due to go out of production in its current form at the end of this year.

Ticket prices are £12 for adults, £9 for seniors and a family ticket is £30. Children under four enjoy free entry. Children aged four to 16 and full time students with NUS card pay £6. Full details on www.yorkshirepostmotorshow.com.

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