These days it seems not a weekend goes by without some form of classic, commercial or owners' club car meet taking place. 

Recently I went to one such event, the Rushden Cavalcade, which is a sort of country fair mixed with a steam engine rally.

The real treat, aside from seeing these mammoths of the roads, evoking a sense of nostalgia mixed with oil, was the sheer number of classic cars on display.

You can see just a few examples of the exhibits in the pictures above, but one which caught my eye was a Ford Model T Speedster, circa 1915. Powered by a 2.9-litre four-cylinder engine with 20bhp, this example was in immaculate condition.

Alongside it stood a 1928 Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer, which was registered to its first owner in Wales in 1928. Saved from the scrapheap in 1979, the model was bought by its present owner in 2000 and then fully restored. It features a 1861cc engine with just 12.8hp.

A striking black Armstrong Siddeley also proved fascinating. According to the owner's information leaflet it cost just £380 new and was first registered in 1939. Power comes from a 2.0-litre six-cylinder engine with 16hp, and it is one of only 14 such examples still on the road.