A rare and unusual car which is more than a century old will be one of the stars of the annual transport picnic staged by members of the Letchworth Garden City Classic & Vintage Car Club later this month.

Admirers will be able to cast their eyes over the beautifully-restored Stanley Steamer at the Halls Green get-together on Saturday, June 18.

The four-wheeled wonder, right, is owned locally and, as the name suggests, has a boiler rather than an engine under the bonnet.

That steam power pack led to its nickname in the early 1900s when it was affectionately known as the Flying Teapot.

An earlier model of a Stanley set a world speed record in 1906 – and that record for a steam-powered car was not broken until 2009.

Organisers are expecting more than 500 vehicles to line up at the picnic including veteran, vintage, classic and modern thoroughbred cars along with classic motorbikes and vintage bicycles.

Refreshments will be available on site but everyone is encouraged to bring their own picnics and enjoy a wonderful day out in the countryside.

As well as the vehicle displays at Fairclough Hall Farm – not far from the club’s regularly monthly meeting place at the Rising Sun pub – there will be children’s entertainment, selected trade stalls and attractions, a Car of the Show award, a real ale bar, and live music.

Gates open at 11am and the event runs until 5pm, and it’s £5 per vehicle on the gate – if you prefer to go by bike, or even walk, it’s £2.

You can find out more about the club, and what’s in store on the day, online at www.lgccvcc.co.uk.