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The world’s largest celebration of Black Country Vehicles Sunday 31 July 2011

Vintage Vehicles

31 July 2011

The Festival of Black Country Vehicles is an annual gathering of cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles all built in the Black Country and sees over one hundred vehicles on display around the Museum’s 26 acre site, celebrating that the Black Country was a major centre for vehicle manufacturing. A rare addition to the festival will be the newly restored Briton 10-12hp 4 Seater Tourer, only 6 Briton cars are known to survive in the UK. The 1914 car restored by Black Country Living Museum Vehicle Volunteer Group is now believed to be the only one of its type in existence. Very little is known about the history of the Museum’s Briton vehicle as it was bought at an auction by its previous owners, the Marston Trust. However, the Briton car has a Government Crows foot on the sump of the engine, which indicates that it could possibly have been used for Military Service in the 1914-8 War, as many vehicles were conscripted at this time. Other well-known marques that can be seen at the festival on Sunday 31 July will include AJS, Bean, Star, Clyno, Turner, Westfield, Sunbeam and Jenson. The World’s largest parade of Black Country made vintage vehicles will comrade around the museum allowing visitors a rare chance to see them in action, with some vehicles travelling from as far afield as Bristol and Lancashire to attend what has become one of the regions most popular vehicle festivals.

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