Princess Elizabeth Vehicle Leads the Way at Rally

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

The 47th annual ‘Malpas Yesteryear Rally’ took place on Rally Field in Hampton, near Malpas, Cheshire over the weekend of Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September 2022. The first Malpas Yesteryear Rally was held in 1972 and is now held annually on the second weekend after the August Bank Holiday. The Rally is organised by Malpas Vintage Machinery Association Limited.

Princess Elizabeth leads the parade of vintage and historic vehicles (photograph: Jonathan White)

The event featured steam engines, miniature steam engines, commercial vehicles, military vehicles, cars, tractors, stationary engines, motorcycles, pedal cycles, working demonstrations, rural crafts, craft marquee, trade and auto jumble stands, catering outlets, a falconry display, and an old-time fairground.

Princess Elizabeth leads the parade of vintage and historic vehicles (photograph: Jonathan White)

Star of the show was the ‘Princess Elizabeth’ Boy Scouts vehicle which led the parade of vintage and historic vehicles into the Main Ring on both days of the Rally. ‘Princess Elizabeth’ was built and driven by Gerald Newbrook, aged 76 from Blakelow near Nantwich. 

Gerald Newbrook and passenger Christopher White in Princess Elizabeth (photograph: Jonathan White)

Gerald’s vehicle is named after Princess Elizabeth who was later to become Queen Elizabeth II. During the Second World War when Princess Elizabeth turned 18 in 1944, she joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the women’s branch of the British Army. The ATS was the women’s branch of the British Army during the Second World War. Initially, a voluntary service, the ATS started conscripting unmarried women under the age of 30 to work in agriculture and industry to stop the gap and compensate for the labour shortages across the UK. Based out of a training camp in Camberley, Surrey, Elizabeth trained as a mechanic and driver for the Second Subaltern Windsor Unit. There was a two-minute silence on the Saturday in tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following her death aged 96.

Aerial view of Malpas Yesteryear Rally 2022 (photograph: Jonathan White)

The Rally took place in dry and sunny weather and was enjoyed by thousands of visitors.

Steam engines on display (photograph: Jonathan White)

For further information relating to Malpas Vintage Machinery Association Yesteryear Rally please visit Malpas Steam Rally.

Gerald Newbrook is an original member of the 35th South West Cheshire (Wistaston) Scout Group, a former District Commissioner and is now an Honorary President. Gerald was the first Scout in the South West Cheshire group in 1958 and is still involved in Scouting.

Since the Rally, Gerald has been invited by Crewe and Nantwich MP, Dr Kieran Mullan, as one of four local guests to be given the honour of seeing her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II lying in state at Westminster Hall in London.