CLASSIC car fans and vintage transport enthusiasts enjoyed an array of historic vehicles under rays of sunshine this weekend.

The Didcot Railway Centre Transport Rally lined up dozens of classic motors and showcased an impressive fleet of buses, many of which still run, from times gone by.

Ladygrove Park, Didcot, was the venue for the day-long event on Sunday which also saw tours on some of the vintage buses to Wallingford, Abingdon, Wantage and local villages in and around Didcot.

Didcot resident and event organiser Jonathan Radley praised the turnout on the day and said the event was a great opportunity for people to learn about their history.

He said: "It's all about bringing people's memories of what transport used to be like.

"We are very nostalgic as a country and this is in support of that.

"The weather has been nice and we have 24 different buses here, 14 are in service.

"It's important to remember basically how important buses and their travel was to the lives of thousands of ordinary people from about 1900 to when mass car ownership took off.

"Local buses were said to be how everybody got about."

Speaking of his passion for buses he added: "I love driving the buses, it's like playing a piano."

The event was the third Transport Rally to be held and was a partnership with Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust and the Didcot Railway Centre.

At the event on Sunday there was a wide variety of vintage cars as well as some unusual commercial vehicles which this year included a USA built Freightliner FLD 120 Tractor unit.

Stalls also included models, books, vintage items and food outlets, and a miniature railway offered free rides for children and their families on a variety of locomotives

As well as the vehicles there was a chance to see a rare Bamford tulip top engine on display with proud owner Karl Buckingham, member of the Stationary Engine Forum. Other rare machines included a1928 Austin 7 'chummy' car.

The event was largely staffed by volunteers and ahead of the day Ann Middleton, commercial manager of Didcot Railway Centre, put out a call for more people to come and help out at the centre.

She said: "Didcot Railway Centre is much more than trains and we are always looking for volunteers to help with the shop, marketing, publicity, education, gardening, painting, restoration ... and much much much more."

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