Wiltshire Publications

Issue 460 – All aboard at successful Transport Extravaganza

VEHICLES of all shapes and sizes could be found in Bratton last weekend as enthusiasts from all over the country came to the village for the annual Transport Extravaganza.

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th April also marked the 15th anniversary of the popular event, which this year attracted more visitors and exhibitors than ever before.
On display were a huge variety of vehicles and stationary engines from a by-gone age, including military vehicles, cars, motorbikes, fire engines, police cars, tractors and horticultural machinery. Some of the stationary engines dated from the early 1900s, while other vehicles represented the years up to the present day. This year, exhibitors came from all over the country, and travelled to Bratton from as far as Scotland, London, and Wales.
There were also plenty of stalls, car boot sales, and food vendors to accompany the exhibits. Children were able to become drivers themselves on quad bikes, and there was also a bouncy castle and rides including a traditional roundabout.
Keith Miller, who has organised the transport extravaganza every year, was delighted with yet another successful show. “It’s gone extraordinarily well,” he said. “There’s some very interesting exhibitors and we’ve got more exhibitors and visitors than ever before, so I’d say it’s been very successful! We’ve had some super blue skies this weekend as well.” Highlights for Keith this year included a timber tractor, a tank and military display, and a good collection of classic motor bikes.
“Basically, we’re a little local show, but over 15 years people have got to know we’re here, and people do enjoy coming,” said Keith. “One of the reasons for our success is we keep our prices low – it’s only £2 for adults and kids are free. Secondly, we have a wide range of vehicles here. Thirdly, and most importantly, we’re very friendly and informal, and it’s a really laid back atmosphere that people can enjoy and relax in. We might not be the biggest show but we’ve got a really good range of exhibits, and that makes us special.”