THE world record breaking boat K3 Bluebird was the star exhibit at the 37th Hellingly Festival of Transport during the three-day weekend.
The boat, which broke three records in 1937 and 1938 in Switzerland, piloted by Sir Malcolm Campbell, was on loan from Karl Foulkes Halbard from Filching Manor Motor Museum at Polegate.
It proved very popular at the festival at Broad Farm with a start up during each day.
Organised by Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, the festival attracted many visitors, 120 trade stands and more than 1,000 vehicles, including classic cars, vintage motorbikes, buses and military machinery.
Also adding to the fun was Harris Brothers’ Vintage Fair and a beer tent.
Club chairman John Bishop said tractor entries broke all records and they had never had so many post war cars on display.
“We didn’t do anything for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so we trawled all the vehicles registered in 1952 and the winner was a Studebaker truck, one of a group of vehicles from Holland that entered the show,” he said.
“The winner of the lady in a car section was someone who sat in a bath chair for a laugh.”
He said there were long faces all round on Saturday when the rain kept people away but all that changed the following day.
“Sunday was absolutely fantastic,” he said. “We broke all records on Sunday and Monday was a good day too.
“The whole festival had a lovely air about it.”
The festival proceeds go to local charities yet to be chosen but Mr Bishop said they always helped Hellingly school, church and village hall.