Get egg-stra at vintage event

More than 400 vintage and classic vehicles are expected at this year's Swaton Vintage Day.

More than 400 vintage and classic vehicles are expected at this year's Swaton Vintage Day.

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Thousands of people - including some from overseas - are expected to gather near Sleaford this weekend for the Swaton Vintage Day.

Final preparations are being made for the event, which takes place on a 40-acre site at Thorpe Latimer between Swaton and Helpringham on the B1394 on Sunday, from 10.30am.

It is the 20th year the day has been held.

It evolved from a showcase of vintage tractors to a family-orientated day with – thanks to the humble egg – an international draw.

Visitors can expect a wide range of attractions, including more than 400 vintage and classic cars, tractors, motorbikes, commercial vehicles and stationary engines, a bar, tea tent, hog roast and other refreshments, a craft tent, trade stands and exhibitions, a climbing wall, children’s games and rides, terrier racing, a dog show and display, and live music.

However, the centrepiece feature is the World Egg Throwing Championships, which this year is being held for the 10th time.

Chairman of the show and world president of the World Egg Throwing Federation Andy Dunlop said: “It’s probably the largest vintage and classic car show in the area and, because we have the additional draw in the shape of our Egg Throwing Championships, we have people coming in from all over the place.”

Mr Dunlop said visitors are expected from Australia, Germany and The Netherlands.

This year, organisers, with the assistance of the South Kesteven Amateur Radio Society (SKARS), will be attempting to project an egg into the Earth’s stratosphere.

The intention is to use a high altitude balloon to carry an egg into the edge of space and then drop it back to earth under a parachute.

If the weather holds, Mr Dunlop hopes some 4,000 people may attend the event, describing such a turnout as ‘not bad for a village of 64 houses and 200 people.”

He added: “Most people are involved in some way, shape or form.”

Proceeds from the event will go to local, national and international good causes. Last year’s event, despite a rainy start, raised £7,850 for worthy projects.

“We try to spread it out as much as possible,” said Mr Dunlop.

Entrance is priced at £5 for adults, £4 for OAPs, £3 for school-age children, free for under fives and £12 for a family ticket. For further details of the event visit: www.swaton
vintageday.com

For more information on the Egg Throwing Championships, visit: www.eggthrowing.com.

Inquiries: 07900 267870.