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Thames Traditional Boat Rally
The Rally at Fawley Meadows is a huge display of traditionally built craft, of any age, both powered and unpowered. The very finest examples of British boatbuilding skills will be on display, together with some similar examples from Europe and the United States. A total of around 200 qualifying craft, ranging from slipper stern launches, gentlemen's day launches, steam launches, river steamers, sailing craft, vintage speedboats, skiffs, rowing boats, punts, unpowered and electric canoes, right through to vintage sea-going cruisers and many of the famous Dunkirk Little Ships attend each year. The craft on display are driven by diesel, petrol, steam, electricity and of course human-power! Acres of wood, varnish, chrome and brass! Some of the craft attending come from ports and rivers elsewhere in the UK, and also from other European countries and the United States - the Rally is not limited to only Thames craft.
Also on display are a selection of vintage and/or classic cars (varies each year), an amazing collection of vintage bikes, including "penny-farthings", ridden by their owners, a large display of trade and craft tents, and much more (see below). And some years we add an aerial display, depending on the weather.