Sunday 19 August 2018 will see The Rotary Club of Tewkesbury stage their annual Classic Vehicle Festival 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, motorbikes and those of historic and engineering significance to mass produced retro run-abouts.

A few show highlights:

• A huge engineering marvel (literally) will be making its debut at the festival. Bloodhound SSC team will be displaying a full-size 12.8m-long (42ft) model show car. Bloodhound is the world’s most powerful land vehicle, boasting around 135,000bhp it aims to not only break the current land speed record but ultimately set a 1000mph (1,609 km/h) benchmark.

• Terry Clarke will showcase his recreation of John Cobb’s famous record-holding 1933 Napier Railton. 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.The replica is true to the original design, except its fitted with a 6.7-litre Cummins turbodiesel six-cylinder engine. Its a masterpiece of both engineering and craftsmanship.

• The Bond, Hannis & Osbourne “Nuthing II Fancy” Drag Racing car which be on site and firing up at regular intervals throughout the day. Last 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

• As featured on the Channel 4 TV show “For the Love of Cars”. A stunning 1947 MG TC which was put in to dry storage in 1976 and 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 and TV presenter 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 displayed, with all the major marques represented including Harley Davidson, Moto Guzzi, AGS, Triumph, Royal Enfield, Rudge, Baker, BMW, Norton, Velocette, Francis Barnett, Matchless to local Gloucestershire-based manufacturer Cotton. Plus the Midlands Air Ambulances will be running 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!

• A rare 1914 Triumph 4 ½ HP Roadster. The 104-year-old motorcycle is just 1 of only 8 running machines left in the world and took part in the first London to Brighton ‘Pioneer Run’ in 1930. Originally a WW1 despatch riders bike, it was returned to the factory in 1919, where it acquired its 3-speed hub gear and became ‘Triumph Renovated’. It has competed in many events over the decades the centenary celebrations of the Isle of Man TT. The owner has the full history of this wonderful bike from the day it left the factory.

About the event:
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 car, 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, Gloucester Strings, Lindy Hop dancers, 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!

Stage Schedule: 

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.

All classic vehicles welcome to display, you can pre-book online or simply turn up on the day. Book your vehicle into the festival here.

Deadline for advance discounted entry tickets will be Friday 17 August at 6.00pm, otherwise you can pay on the gate.

Event Address: Tewkesbury School, Ashchurch Road, Tewkesbury GL20 8DF

TRADE STANDS: Please note that all trade stands are sold out.

To all traders attending on Sunday the gates open at 7.30am. Please use the public access gate and display your pitch number in your windscreen. Please be ready for trading from 9.30am as display vehicles will be on site.

Please arrive from 9.30am and enter via the exhibitor entrance

We kindly ask that all traders and exhibitors stay until 4.00pm

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.