Sunday 19 August 2018 will see The Rotary Club of Tewkesbury stage their annual Classic Vehicle Festival on the 54-acre site at Tewkesbury School Playing Fields. Over 1000 classic vehicles will be on display, from the dawn of the motoring era, to pre-war, post-war, American classics, custom cars, hot rods to supercars. Everything from a crazy 970 Z28 Camaro 454 big block to luxurious Bentleys, Jaguars and vintage Bugatti’s to mass produced run-abouts such as Mini, Ford Renault, Morris and Austin.
We are delighted to announce several show debuts including the Bond, Hannis & Osbourne “Nuthing II Fancy” Drag Racing car which will fire up at regular intervals throughout the day. Earlier this month the team raced into pole position at the NSRA Nostalgia Nationals at Santa Pod at a staggering speed of a 222mph in just 6.57seconds setting a European record!
Also making a show debut is Terry Clarke with a recreation of John Cobb’s famous record-holding 1933 Napier Railton. The replica is true to the original design, except its fitted with a 6.7-litre Cummins turbodiesel six-cylinder engine diesel engine. The car is a masterpiece of both engineering and craftsmanship. The original Napier-Railton was built in 1933 and made its debut at Brooklands, Surrey. Piloted by John Cobb, the Napier-Railton car broke the Brooklands outer circuit lap record of 143.4 mph in 1935 and went on to set the 24-hour record of 150.6 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1936.
Another impressive entry is a stunning 1947 MG TC as featured on the Channel 4 TV show “For the Love of Cars”. The MG TC was put in to dry storage in 1976 it remained there in a sorry state until it was offered for restoration in 2013. The car was rebuilt and restored back to its original specification by internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead, Philip Glenister and the team at Evanta Motors. It’s a perfect example of the car which MG built its post-war fortune on.
It’s not just cars either . . . over 200 classic motorcycles will be on display and you can display yours! Among the marques on display are Honda, Cotton, Yamaha, Harley Davidson, Moto Guzzi, AGS, Triumph, Royal Enfield, Rudge, Baker, BMW, Norton, Velocette, Francis Barnett and Matchless. The Midlands Air Ambulances will have a helmet park to store helmets for just a £1 donation.
Iconic motorcycle builder Allen Millyard will be showcasing the ‘Flying Millyard’ it may resemble a two-wheeled Chitty Chitty Bang Bang but don’t be fooled, the vintage looking home built motorcycle is fitted with two cylinders from a Pratt and Whitney 1340 radial, and a 5.0-litre V-Twin engine designed for an aeroplane!
The event, now in its 8th year is the Rotary Clubs’ biggest charity annual fundraiser which actively raises thousands of pounds for both national and regional charities. Over £100,000 has been donated since its inception. We are delighted to announce that two of the charity beneficiaries this year will be the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
Sue Ryder are a marvellous charity that deliver hospice and neurological care for people facing a life-changing diagnosis. By displaying your vehicle, or by visiting our show you will be making a valuable contribution to both this charity and the stellar work of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
Since 1991, the Midlands Air Ambulance have responded to more than 50,000 missions averaging 2,000 per year, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK. The charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. The festival will serve as an operational base for the crew on the day. Come and see the helicopter up close and meet its life-saving pilots.
The Festival features live vintage entertainment courtesy of the Haywood Sisters, (New for 2018) Lindy Hop dance demonstrations, plus 110 quality trade stands, autojumble and a wide selection of onsite catering.
It’s a great value family day out, whilst raising vital money for great causes!
Due to the popularity of the event, pre-booking is now advisable to guarantee a space for display vehicles.
11.30am – Social swing/Lindyhop dancing
12.00noon – 12.45pm – Haywood Sisters
1.00pm – 1.30pm – Gloucester Strings
1.30pm – 2.15pm – Haywood Sisters
2.30pm – 3.00pm – Gloucester Strings
3.00pm – 3.30pm – Social swing/Lindyhop dancing
Plus Lindy Hop dancing!
Show opens at 10:30am and closes at 4:00pm.
Book your vehicle into the festival here.
Deadline for advance discounted entry tickets will be Friday 17 August at midnight, otherwise you can pay on the gate.
SORRY- NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED ON THE PLAYING FIELD FOR THIS EVENT. Assistance dogs are the only exception, if in doubt please ask the organisers in advance.