A COLLECTION of vintage vehicles took centre stage in Longstock last weekend for the return of the Upper Test Valley Rally.

The event, organised by the Upper Test Valley Vintage Club (UTVVC), took place last Saturday and Sunday and featured a fleet of vintage cars, steam engines, lorries, tractors and more as the group celebrated its 21st year.

Committee member Andy Knight, who helped organised the event, said: “This has been out biggest show we have done.

“Because it was 21 years [since the first event] we thought we would really push the boat out.”

As well as the vehicles on display, there were car boot sales, bouncy castles, a barbecue plus a gin bar and beer tent.

There was also time for lawn mower racing, plus a man versus machine tug-of-war, in which a group of vintage enthusiasts stepped up to the plate and were able to out-muscle a steam engine.

Andy added: “We try to do a bit of everything for everybody. It’s quite a mixed event for people to come to. It’s not just one thing, like classic cars, it’s a mix of everything.

All proceeds from the event were donated to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Andy already has one eye on next year, with the team planning to bring in a 100-year-old lorry for the 2020 show.