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Classic Car Centenary
by Geoff Miller
Photo: Alan Chandler

A Bentley Light Tourer, pictured beside Lake Windermere, northwest England, during the recent 1996 FIVA World Rally of historic cars, held to celebrate 100 years of the British motor industry. The 1000-mile event, staged from Edinburgh in Scotland to Coventry - the birthplace of the UK motor industry - attracted 300 entries from 21 countries.

Some of the most famous marques in motoring history took part, including a Wolseley tricycle built in 1896, a Peugeot from the same year, a 1904 Mercedes and a 1904 Renault. At the other end of the scale were classic cars from the 1950s to the mid-1970s. The route took in some of Britain's most attractive and historic areas: Stratford-upon-Avon, York, Nottingham and the Lake District. Organised by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, the 1996 FIVA (Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens) rally's main sponsor was the Rover Group.

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