Like all great ideas this one also began in a pub,The Marquis of Granby to be precise at Hoveringham, now a private residence. The first Rally was held in 1998 initiated by David Yates and Nick Morley who approached Robin Sharman, Landlord of The Marquis of Granby, for permission to use the paddock at the rear of the pub for this great event. Tractor enthusiasts, farmers and a few regulars from the pub then prepared for the first ever Hoveringham Tractor Rally proud to present their vehicles to the general public. The event quickly became very popular and soon vintage motor cars were also being exhibited. This prompted the formation of The Hoveringham Vintage Vehicle Society. (H.V.V.S)Since then there has only been one year when the Rally has not been held which was due to the foot and mouth epidemic of 2001.
Hoveringham Vintage Vehicle SocietyHVVS
As well as an enjoyable day out the aim of the Rally has always been to raise funds for local charities and worthy causes. Initially funds were raised in support of The Hoveringham Village Hall fund, and another year enough money was raised to purchase a seat for the village to commemorate The Queen’s Silver Jubilee.As the Rally grew in popularity we have been able to support larger charities, The Lincs. & Notts. Air Ambulance Service is now our most popular one which provides an invaluable service, all dependant on public donations.
Thanks to the generousity and support of the public so far The Rally has been able to support The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Service, Macmillan, St. Michael’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent RSPCA, The Fire Service Benevelent Fund, Hoveringham Cricket Club, Rutland House School for Parents, Chapel Field, Royal British Legion, Lancaster Bomber Memorial, Village Defibrilator, Nottingham Hospital Charities.