Engine rally sets the wheels in motion

Pickering Traction Engine Rally'An old smoker at the Traction Engine rally..'Picture by Neil Silk  113154a
Pickering Traction Engine Rally'An old smoker at the Traction Engine rally..'Picture by Neil Silk 113154a

THOUSANDS of people are expected to descend on the Pickering Traction Engine Rally over the weekend.

The perennial crowd-puller, the largest event of its kind in the north of England, kicked off on Thursday at Pickering Showground and features hundreds of vintage machines including traction engines, classic cars and motorbikes, steam rollers, steam lorries as well as steam threshing and ploughing demonstrations.

Pickering Traction Engine Rally'A line of traction engines at this years rally..'Picture by Neil Silk  113154c'05/08/11

Pickering Traction Engine Rally'A line of traction engines at this years rally..'Picture by Neil Silk 113154c'05/08/11

Music-wise, organisers say there is more on offer than ever before with Grammy-nominated Miles Gilderdale, Hazel O’Connor and Bruce Foxton from The Jam all taking to the stage today.

For the younger rally visitors there are several white knuckle rides, a fun fair and entertainment from magicians, big wheel, bouncy castles, climbing walls, quad bike rides and much more.

Doors open today from 9am to 11pm and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.