Hot weather did not hamper visitors from attending a popular event in Elisha Field in Devizes over the weekend on July 16 and 17.

Queues were lined up at the entrance gate prior to the opening of the Market Lavington Vintage Meet family fun event.

Exhibitors along with hundreds of visitors were delighted the event were back on the show circuit following the previous year’s cancellation due to the lockdown restrictions.

Melksham’s Ed People who collects and shows vintage bicycles brought along a 1930’s Tandem he had restored during the lockdowns.

He said: “This show is my favourite event by far. It’s a delight to be taking part in this relaxed atmosphere not too far from home.”

One of the oldest vehicles was the 1919 Wolseley 16/20 five-seater tourer shown by Julian Down from Wilsford near Pewsey.

Powered by a 20-horsepower engine- it was the most popular quality British-designed car of its time.

And in direct contrast in power was Holt’s Pete Hulbert’s street legal hot rod based on a 1955 Ford Popular complete with a famous signature on the dashboard.

Pete said: “Johnny Vegas was really taken with this car at a previous show after admiring its seven-and-a-half litre engine that develops a staggering 450  brake horsepower.

“He wanted to buy it but it’s not for sale, so he left his signature on the dash as proof he sat in her.”

Making its debut appearance at the show was Matilda a six-inch scale model of an 1895 Westinghouse Farm engine built by Swindon engineer Andy Griffen.

Andy explained: ”The original farm engine was built by an American 21-year George Westinghouse in 1895 based on a Rotary steam engine built to power agricultural machines at the time of transition from horses to machinery.

“It’s been a labour of love creating this machine from original drawings and old photographs.”

And while visitors enjoyed the sunshine browsing around the 150 vintage vehicles and dozens of side attractions, one show attraction was showing caution with the blazing hot weather.

Karsten Buner of K&H Falconry was in the main ring showing a falcon display in flight, but the heat was troubling the birds and he had to reduce his display to accommodate this.

Villagers rallied to make this show a success including local military enthusiast Ray Besant who brought his Austin 10 Cambridge in khaki livery travelling just a few hundred yards to the show field.