An army truck with a royal history will be among the exhibits at the region’s biggest gathering of military vehicles.

The 1942 Austin Tilly pick-up, which is the same model as that driven by the Queen during the Second World War, will be on display at the 39th North East Military Vehicle Rally.

The annual event takes place in the grounds of the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery on Sunday, 26 August and Monday, 27 August from 10am to 4pm.

The show, organised by the North East Military Vehicle Club, will feature about 60 superbly restored vehicles and artillery dating from the 1930s to the present day.

There will also be stalls, living history displays and dioramas as well as events and activities for all the family.

Gillian Robinson, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery manager, said: “The Military Vehicle Rally is always a popular draw over the Bank Holiday weekend.

“As well as offering plenty to interest enthusiasts, the two-day event will also include lots of activities for younger visitors.”

The Queen drove an Austin Tilly while serving with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), the women’s branch of the British Army, in the early 1940s.

A general utility vehicle, the Tilly was used on RAF bases and during the D-Day landings to transport personnel, ammunition and supplies.

It was also often used as ambulance and a mobile church, with services being held from the back. For more information about the North East Military Vehicle Rally, call 0191 384 2214, email or visit