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Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Peel P50 Celebrates 50th Birthday!
unique Peel P50, designed and built on the Isle of Man, celebrated its 50th
birthday recently with a get-together of owners and vehicles
for a number of special events.
of some of the surviving vehicles, including not only the P50 but the Trident
and Viking Sport, made by Peel Engineering, (with Cyril Cannell as Managing
Director), gathered in the town of Peel for this singular occasion.
small selection of P50s and Tridents were carried on the Isle of Man Steam
Railway between Douglas and Port Erin as part of the Manx Heritage Transport
Festival, before vehicle owners headed for a welcome reception and dinner at
Peel Golf Club. During the reception the former Foreman of Peel Engineering,
George Gelling, presented an informative talk detailing the company's fascinating
was a further chance to swap stories at the Marine Hotel in Peel before a Rally
the following day which coincided with Peel Carnival.
number of P50s, Tridents and their owners, together with a large crowd of
spectators and former workers, gathered at the site of Peel Engineering, on
Mill Road, to witness the unveiling of a plaque (appropriately made of
fibreglass) to commemorate its historical connections.
was a colourful event which drew a great deal of interest, with many bystanders
joining George Gelling for a tour of the sites on Mill Road associated with
Peel Engineering, who were pioneers of glass fibre technology.
as the smallest car in the world, many of these micro vehicles joined the
carnival procession, ending at the Creg Malin.
in the Atholl Room, at the Centenary Centre, those involved with the Peels to
Peel Festival came together for a final time to enjoy a finger buffet before
bar/reception area at the Centenary Centre was built with money donated by the
late Cyril Cannell.