Bromyard Speed Festival at Shelsley Walsh 2018

On Sunday 13th May Holden Morgan were proud to join thousands of classic car enthusiasts, owners and trade and club representatives at The Bromyard Speed Festival On Tour at Shelsley Walsh.

Bromyard Speed Festival was founded in 2012 with the purpose of celebrating Bromyard’s rich motoring history which includes links with companies such as Morgan, Austin and Bean. Each year since, thousands have travelled from across the country to this picturesque town to view up close a number of fascinating motorcars spanning the decades. Those of you who attended in 2017 will remember The Beast of Turpin (among other landspeed record holders) thundering through Bromyard’s winding cobbled streets, the engine of which could be heard for miles. But what made 2018 a little different was that unlike previous years, the festival went on tour and took place at the historic Shelsley Walsh hill climb.

Shelsley Walsh is host to the oldest hillclimb in the world, dating back to 1905, and has accommodated continuous classic motoring events ever since. It was only fitting, therefore, that the speed festival should choose to go on tour at this location, where spectators could enjoy panoramic views of the 140+ classic cars in attendance, as well as refreshments, up-close viewing in the paddocks and the opportunity to meet motoring enthusiasts and professionals from across the country and beyond.

The festivities began at 10am and we were fortunate to enjoy blue skies and warm weather throughout.

A particular highlight for the Holden Morgan team was the chance to drive and display the 1970 Plus 8 currently available for sale, a video of which you can view here.

This stunning Morgan was despatched from the Factory on 1st August 1970 via Basil Roy Ltd in London and was originally finished in yellow with black upholstery. The car has benefitted from a ground up rebuild by Main Agent Brands Hatch Morgans, has been fully prepared to FIA Appendix K specification for Period ‘G’ sports cars, and offers entry into some of the most prestigious historic Motorsports events, such as The Tour Auto, Tour Brittania and HSCC 70’s Roadsports series, where a +8 is a front running car. Whilst having been built first and foremost as a competition car, it has in no way compromised its tractability on the road. The gearbox, having been attended to by renowned Moss box experts JB Sports Engineering is precise, offering the quick change expected of a competition car, the handling and ride has been very carefully set up as the car holds the road superbly, better perhaps than expected on slightly bumpy roads, the ride quality far from the race track. The supportive seats suggest that this is a car not just for racing but also perfectly suited to a little high speed touring as well. For more information on the car’s specifications and history, click here.

Another Morgan proudly driven by Charlotte Holden was the Plus 4 Supersport.

Also for sale at Holden Morgan, this beautifully finished car is one of only sixty of its kind. It features a carefully considered specification including an array of performance upgrades, track inspired accessories and fashionable sixties themed aesthetics. This truly versatile car promises all the reliability of the modern Morgan but with a large injection of legendary sixties racing spirit. If you’d like to view this car in person or arrange a test drive, you can contact Katie Turner on katie@holden.co.uk or click here for more information.

It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces at the event, including Granville Orange who recently purchased a three-wheeler from Holden Morgan (pictures below), which has received a stunning sheepskin interior makeover! We also had the pleasure of catching up with Stephen and Anne Massey who came in their beautiful Roadster.

Other cars and bikes of interest on the day included an Alfa Romeo GT Junior, Ford Model A 1928, Sunbeam Alpine 1967, Laverda Tipo Spaceframe 1975 981cc and a Dodge Tourer 1924.

Katie Turner, General Manager for Holden Morgan, said, “Bromyard Speed Festival On Tour was a huge success and the entire Holden Morgan team and customers enjoyed themselves immensely. The day presented a unique opportunity to see some spirited driving against a beautiful backdrop and it’s clear from the attendance levels and reception that it was a treat for all who came. We look forward to supporting Bromyard Speed Festival again in 2019 when it is expected to return to Bromyard.”

If you have any questions about the Morgans for sale at Holden Morgan, please email katie@holden.co.uk. We look forward to seeing you again on 7th April next year!

 

Bromyard Speed Festival 2017


At 10am on a crisp Sunday morning, Peder Nielsen, Bromyard’s Town Crier, formally announced the opening of Bromyard Speed Festival – the much anticipated classic motoring event that attracts thousands of classic motor enthusiasts from around the country annually.

You might be wondering – why Bromyard? Nestled between Worcester and Hereford, it turns out this charming town has a rich and fascinating classic car history. In fact, it has played a central role in the birth and development of the motorcar itself, with Morgan, Austin and Bean originating in surrounding areas. It’s no wonder people journey far and wide to celebrate motoring history in this picturesque setting.


It was clear from the offset that this year’s event was incredibly popular, with nearby parking lots filled to the brim and the narrow streets packed with thousands of onlookers from all walks of life. Queues of excited spectators lined up to gain access to the paddocks and given the turnout we can assume with some certainty that local food vendors were kept extremely busy all day.
As well as bringing together enormous crowds of likeminded petrol-heads, the festival provided a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some seriously impressive classic cars and motorcycles.


Three land-speed record holders were displayed in a paddock for the public to view and photograph. These were the Beast Of Turin (pictured), a tremendous car that achieved 116mph in 1911, Babs, who beat the land-speed record in 1926 and The Napier Bluebird, a replica vehicle that achieved 174.883mph in 1927. Both The Beast and Napier Bluebird later took three laps around the streets (and may have shattered a few window-panes as they did). Babs, however, decided to remain in her paddock for the day and soak up the glory – we can’t blame her really!

The morning and afternoon saw groups of cars take a few spins around the town while being cheered on by the excited crowds. Categories included ‘vintage cars’, ‘rally cars’ and even ‘electric cars’, giving spectators a wonderfully diverse range of motors to view and enjoy.

Local classic car owner Brian Bedford had a particularly popular motor that certainly got people talking. His one-of-a-kind 1952 Ford Prefect Police Car (pictured below) featured a 11 72 side valve and had been recently restored to an immaculate standard. It even had a working siren that could be heard for miles as it raced around the town.


The Laverda Club were there displaying a range of legendary motorcycles, and owner of Slater Laverda Richard Slater was also present alongside many of his employees past and present.

Holden Vintage & Classic along with Morgan Motor Company, Brightwells Classic Motoring, South Hereford Garages and a range of other organisations sponsored the charitable event and pitched stalls in the market square where the cars commenced. Jeremy Holden, founder of Holden Vintage & Classic and Holden-Morgan, said, “The crowds and cars this year were fantastic and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout. It was a wonderful day with perfect weather. We are so thankful to the volunteers, local businesses and participants for their enthusiasm which helped make the day so spectacular”.


Photo credits Rhiannon Carvell-Crook

Bromyard Speed Festival 2017

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On Sunday 2nd April we will be returning to the streets of Bromyard to celebrate the annual Bromyard Speed Festival.

Every year, over 5000 spectators travel from all over the country to watch more than 140 vintage and classic cars and motorcycles drive through the picturesque market town streets of Bromyard.
As part organisers of this charitable event, Holden Vintage & Classic join The Morgan Motor Company, Brightwells Classic Vehicles and a wealth of partners and volunteers to coordinate one of the most exciting events in the classic car calendar.

As you may already know, Bromyard has a rich motoring history. As the birthplace of Morgan Cars and with a manufacturing history dating back to 1910, it couldn’t be a more appropriate setting for a classic car enthusiast to spend the day.

Last year’s festival was a triumph and featured one of the most incredible cars in motoring history – the Sunbeam 350hp ‘Sunbeam Bluebird’, which broke the land speed record in 1924 at 146.16mph. The car was originally driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell, who later went on to improve his record in 1925 by reaching an impressive 150.76mph.
You may be interested to know that Lord Montagu, conservative MP, activist and founder of the British Motor Museum, purchased this car in 1957 in poor condition. After spending many years shelved in a museum without a working engine, the car underwent over 2000 hours of reconditioning before taking to the streets again in 2014.
A real hit with spectators, ‘Bluebird’s’ thunderous engine echoed through the market streets of Bromyard stirring excitement and curiosity from all corners and creating quite a spectacle for both the eyes and ears.

This year we’ll be spending some time with ‘Babs’, the land speed record holder driven by John Parry-Thomas in 1926 that reached an outstanding 171.02mph. The car was restored in 1969 by Owen Wyn Owen and will be causing quite a buzz in Bromyard this April. Furthermore, we’ll be joined by Malcolm Campbell’s ‘Napier Bluebird’, which achieved the world land speed record in 1927 at Pendine Sands. A re-engineered version then recorded over 200mph at Daytona Beach the following year.

As well as these land speed record holders, we’ll be celebrating the legendary Laverda motorbike. The first Laverda model (the Laverda 75) was introduced in 1950 and went on to have great success in Italian Championship Motogiro. Following this success, the Laverda 1000 and Laverda 650cc were born, with the company going from strength to strength from there onwards. It’ll be exciting to see a number of Laverda motorbikes on display as well as the Laverda Owners Club in April and we’re very much looking forward to it.

The Bromyard Speed Festival, as well as being an opportunity to showcase and view a range of classic vehicles, is a fantastic family day out.
The cars run in batches throughout the day starting in the town square on Broad street and returning via Rowberry street. Ordinarily the running starts with Morgans and Austin Healeys as well as a mix of other classics, then moves on to racing and rally cars and concludes with a series of stunning motorcycles. Each batch drives for approximately 15 minutes and is accompanied by a running commentary from the public address system. With the offer of both morning and afternoon sessions, there’s no reason for you to miss out on any of the festivities.

When stationery, the vehicles are held in paddocks that are open to the public for £3 per person. That means you can get up close and personal with some of the most famous and sought after cars in the world. Excited? We certainly are!

But that’s not all. Trade stands and entertainment will also scattered around Bromyard, as well as plenty of places to grab a hearty lunch, a snack or a cool drink. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet a wealth of likeminded enthusiasts and industry experts that share in your passion for classic and vintage cars.

So don’t delay! Head over to www.bromyardspeedfestival.co.uk now for more information.