The Bringsty Grand Prix 2018

The Bringsty Grand Prix will run in the Herefordshire countryside for the first time since 1947 on 7th April 2018.
Supported by local land owners and in keeping with the ethos of The Bromyard Speed Festival, this historic motorcross event will take place at the Tiblands Farm, Linley Green Road, Bromyard WR6 5RE, where motoring enthusiasts from all over the country are expected to gather in celebration of its much-anticipated return.
Assisted by one of the spectators at the 1947 event, the original course has been identified, and it is still possible to follow most of its alignment over one mile traversing bog, stream, ledge and steep climb.
The one-day spectacular starts at 10.30am and is an ideal opportunity for onlookers to get up close and personal with some of the finest classic motorcycles in the country with unrivalled views of the event running across Garness, Brodie and Carter land.
The Bringsty Grand Prix first took place following the end of the Second World War and to reflect the historic link, and money raised this year will be given to charities which will include Help for Heroes. It goes without saying that motoring events such as these are not only a way to promote the area and boost tourist interest, but to also bring people together in recognition of an important time in British history.

SOL – The African Rally Morgan +4 at the Practical Classics Restoration Show

Built in 1955 at The Morgan Motor Company, this car was one of the early Morgans to carry the now familiar traditional Morgan body style that has been in production for over 60 years. Echos of its predecessor, the Flat Rad +4 are still evident in the rear section, where the car carries 2 spare wheels vertically behind the rear axle and the fuel tank.

Sadly, little is known of its early history, aside from it ending up near to the Solway Coast,  Scotland in the 1970 where, not too long after receiving an exchange TR2 engine from the Standard Motor Company, it was laid up in a barn. This was possibly due to the replacement engine suffering a failure of some sort, as we found a couple of bent push rods on disassembly. We believe that the recorded mileage on the odometer of approximately 75,000 miles is pretty much genuine, as other parts of the car showed little evidence of too much wear.

Fast forward to March 2017, and the car appeared in a listing on a well-known Auction website, very much a restoration project, but looking quite complete. Jeremy Holden, the car’s owner, was the successful bidder and it was decided that the car would make an interesting centre piece for the new showroom of Holden-Morgan, the Midland Morgan Agent, that was founded in the April of 2017.

Towards the middle of the year, information circulated from Rally Round regarding an event that would take place in October 2018 in Africa, going from Dar Es Salaam to Cape Town over 28 days and 7,000 Kilometres. Holden Vintage & Classic are a supporter of Rally Round, and it was felt that it may be interesting to take part in one of their events. The old, tired +4 was an ideal candidate, being rugged, simple mechanically and a vehicle which Holden are familiar with.

The rebuild commenced in earnest at the end of November 2017 with much work being carried out. Far more has been achieved than is currently on display, as the gearbox has been rebuilt, the engine is all but finished, brakes have all been fitted, as has the steering. These components have been removed currently for final finishing and painting, and for the wings to be fitted. The engineless chassis being far easier to manoeuvre around the Workshop than a complete car!

The next step is to fit the bonnet, and then to remove all the panel work and send it to the paintshop during which time the mechanical side will be completed ready for the finished body work.

New showing: The Bromyard Speed Festival – On Tour to Shelsley Walsh,  8th April 2018

Bromyard Speed Festival On Tour 2018

Bromyard Speed Festival is back, and this year, it’s going on tour! Unlike previous years when the streets of Bromyard were packed with classic and vintage vehicles from across the decades,  2018’s speed festival will be held at Shelsley Walsh, where participants will have the opportunity to experience driving on one of the world’s oldest race tracks!

Here’s what you can expect:

The event this year will be held on 8th April between 9am and 5.30pm, at Shelsley Walsh motoring venue situated between Great Whitley and Bromyard. Up to 140 cars and motorcycles will be in attendance, including rally cars, single-seaters and never-seen-before entrants, each being offered 4 runs up the track spread throughout the day. What’s more, in some circumstances passengers will also be allowed in the car with you, making this a special event for couples and families. Paddocks will be set up for spectators to view the cars and motorcycles when they are stationary, and an abundance of trade stands, motoring experts and club representatives will be on hand to answer your questions and offer their insights.

Entrants so far include:

Honda CBR F2 600cc Racing Bike

Global GT1 Single Seater Sports Racing Car

1951 Matchless G3RC Trials Bike

Porsche 928 S4 5litre V8

1958 Triumh TR3A 

Please note that it is £50 to enter your car for this event and you can do so by clicking here. Entrance for spectators is free but parking at the venue will cost £10.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL!

The day before the event, on 7th April, you are also invited to the Bringsty Grand Prix 2018!

Opening at 10.30am at Tiblands Farm, Linley Green Road, Bromyard WR6 5RE, this incredible motorcross event hasn’t taken place since 1947! For full details, you can read our dedicated blog post. If you’re interested in entering your motorcycle into this event, you can click here.

 

March 2018 Classic Car and Moroting Events

March plays host to a number of interesting classic motoring events across the UK and beyond. Below we have noted some of our favourites, from an intimate dinner talk with the iconic Harry Sherrand to Techno Classica, one of the largest indoor classic car events in the world!

3 March Carol Nash Great Scottish Bike Show 

Showcasing an impressive spread of classic bikes from across the ages, this fun and action-packed event is suitable for any bike enthusiast or owner. A bike jumble sale will give you the opportunity to grab a bargain, and a number of trade experts will be in attendance to help you with any queries relating to your classic bike.

14 March Harry Sherrard: My Life Behind the Wheel, Goodwood

Discussing his incredible motoring pursuits from across the decades, Harry Sherrad gives his time and insights to an intimate crowd at Goodwood this March. As well as the opportunity to gain in-depth information about Harry’s amazing adventures, you also enjoy a 3 course meal and welcome drink as part of the package. Get your ticket quickly! This is expected to sell out fast.

21-25 March Techno Classica 2018 Germany

Possibly one of the most popular indoor classic vehicle events in the world, Techno Classica doesn’t hold back when it comes to delivering an entertaining classic car experience. Featuring over 1200 exhibitors from 30 nations and almost 200,000 visitors across the 5 days, this is a truly extraordinary event that won’t disappoint.

24-25 March Kent Big Weekend

The Kent Big Weekend is a fun family friendly event offering a number of fantastic experiences, including access to the intriguing Dover Transport Museum. While this isn’t strictly a classic motoring event, there is an opportunity to explore transport through the ages via a variety of activities, as well as access to a nearby campsite for all of you ‘outdoorsy types’.

24-25 March The Manchester Bike Show

Back for its 7th year, this fantastic bike show features over 750 bikes from across the eras, including a number of restored classics and incredible race bikes. Enthusiasts will attend in abundance, and trade stalls will be set up for any bikers to get the parts, advice or contacts he or she requires.

23-25 March, The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show 2018 NEC Birmingham

As the UK’s fastest growing classic car event, The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show attracts over 25,000 motoring enthusiasts each year, as well as an array of trade stands, entertainment, project cars and restoration demonstrations. This year, the Triumph Dolomite Club will be taking on a special rescue challenge, a rare Saab 92 prototype will make its UK debut, and some surprise motoring celebrities will be on hand to interact with guests and take part in fun and exhilarating challenges.

If you’d like to purchase a new outfit for one of these events or need to restore or work on part of your car before attending, you can view a range of clothing, parts, electricals and maintenance essentials on our website.