Overwhelmed by support at rally

NILA 15-09-12 BE 15 Coppice steam rally. Organisers Alan King and Clive Smedley with a 1926 morris commercial.
NILA 15-09-12 BE 15 Coppice steam rally. Organisers Alan King and Clive Smedley with a 1926 morris commercial.
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The organiser of a steam rally, which was forced to cancel earlier this summer, has said he was ‘over the moon’ with the support from exhibitors this weekend.

The annual Coppice Steam Rally was axed at the last minute in June because rain had left the showground off Cossall Road, Trowell, completely waterlogged.

NILA 15-09-12 BE 18 Coppice steam rally. Lynn Pestell with his Bristol mw bus that used to run in Ilkeston.

NILA 15-09-12 BE 18 Coppice steam rally. Lynn Pestell with his Bristol mw bus that used to run in Ilkeston.

But on Saturday and Sunday dozens of steam engines, tractors and other classic vehicles went on show for hundreds of visitors.

Clive Smedley said: “It was absolutely brilliant – I’m over the moon with the response.

“After cancelling the show and rescheduling it on a day when other shows locally were being held, it was fantastic to see so many exhibitors there.”

Some of the proceeds from the event will be donated to a good cause but Clive said they have not yet decided which yet.

NILA 15-09-12 BE 19 Coppice steam rally. David Shelmereine from Ilkeston with his Fowler ploughing engine.

NILA 15-09-12 BE 19 Coppice steam rally. David Shelmereine from Ilkeston with his Fowler ploughing engine.

NILA 15-09-12 BE 21 Coppice steam rally. Jess Bamford from Ilkeston with his 1947 Indian motorbike.

NILA 15-09-12 BE 21 Coppice steam rally. Jess Bamford from Ilkeston with his 1947 Indian motorbike.

NILA 15-09-12 BE 22 Coppice steam rally. Alan king with his 1943 caterpillar d2.

NILA 15-09-12 BE 22 Coppice steam rally. Alan king with his 1943 caterpillar d2.

NILA 15-09-12 BE 23 Coppice steam rally. Vintage cars on display.

NILA 15-09-12 BE 23 Coppice steam rally. Vintage cars on display.