Classic Motoring Events April 2018

With the race season fully underway, we are excited to see what April has in store for the classic motoring enthusiast. This month Bromyard Speed Festival goes on tour, and Bringsty Grand Prix returns after a 70 year absence. You can also find some exciting workshops and bike shows across the country in the coming weeks.

 The Bringsty Grand Prix POSTPONED

The Bringsty Grand Prix will run in the Herefordshire countryside for the first time since 1947. 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. PLEASE NOTE THE ORIGINAL DATE  OF 7 APRIL HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WATERLOGGED GROUND.

7 April 2018 The Carole Nash Great Scottish Bike Show 

Based at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, this fantastic classic bike show will feature classic bike fire-up paddocks, celebrity motorcycle guests, children’s motorcycle experiences, a custom bike show and numerous trade and autojumble stands. You can get your tickets (starting at £13.85) by clicking here. 

7 April 2018 – The Cardiff Motorcycle Show Glamorgan 

Back for its 26th year, the Classic Motorcycle Show will take place at  Llanishen High School, Heol Hir, Cardiff Glamorgan, CF14 5YL and this year will feature 150 bikes spanning the eras. Over a thousand guests are expected to attend, with trade stands and experts on hand for a chat about the latest motorcycle news.

15 April 2018 – Classics At The Mill, Somerset 

Classics at the Mill is a family friendly classic vehicle meeting at the Haselbury Mill, a captivating venue in the heart of the Somerset countryside. The day will feature family centric entertainment, including crafts and activities, 150 classic vehicles on display and a hog roast ready to eat for when you get a bit peckish. Local pubs and restaurants will be open as usual.

15 April 2018 – The Southern Classics Spring Show, Sussex

The Southern Classics Spring Show is planned to take place at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere, Chichester Sussex, PO20 2ES. Featuring an autojumble and trade stands, this classic motoring event is the perfect opportunity for classic car owners to come together.

21 April 2018 Classic Virgin Experience Day Classic Car Ownership Workshop

Gain a better understanding of classic car maintenance with this superb workshop for classic car owners. The day will kick off with a session offering expert guidance on the practicalities of classic car ownership including rally participation, club membership and social activities, facilities you will need to care for your car, finance, insurance, and what to look out for when choosing your classic car. After this you’ll attend a practical session in a fully decked out restoration workshop and learn the fundamentals of classic car maintenance, from filter changes and brake fluid checks to ignition and fuel care.

21-22 April 2018 Formula Vintage Championship 

The Formula Vintage Championship will take place on the National Circuit of Silverstone on 21 and 22 April. The exhilarating two day event remains one of the VSCC’s most popular events with spectators and competitors alike, and this year will feature free access to the paddocks, an opportunity to dress up in vintage motoring clothing and classic motoring stalls and trade stands. Tickets from £15. If you’d like to treat yourself to a new vintage outfit for this event, you can look in our Holden Vintage & Classic shop. 

28 April 2018 – British & Midland Championships Weekend, Gloucestershire 

The British & Midland Championships Weekend is planned to take place at Gotherington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April 2018 and is expected to feature some of the fastest hillclimb cars in the country. Trade stands and experts will be on hand to answer your questions, and there is refreshments available for the whole family to enjoy.

Should you need any parts, accessories or clothing for any one of these classic motoring events, you can visit our website.

 

September 2017 Classic Motoring Events

The summer isn’t quite over! There’s still plenty of classic motoring events you can attend with friends and family throughout September. Here’s a selection of our favourites:

1-3 September St James Concours D’Elegance at Hampton Court

Set against the backdrop of the picturesque Hampton Court Palace, this incredibly elegant motoring event is perfect for classic car owners and enthusiasts alike. On Friday, owners can enjoy a stunning procession of rare classic cars to celebrate the grand opening. The Saturday and Sunday are then open to spectators and their families, who can enjoy amazing displays, stalls, entertainment and refreshments. An adult day admission ticket is £40 with concessions available.

2-3 September International Autojumble Beaulieu

If you need to stock up your home garage, there’s no better place to shop than the International Autojumble Beaulieu. The saying is “if you can’t find it at Beaulieu, it doesn’t exist”, so head on down to The New Forest National Park and spend the day enjoying the ultimate shopping experience. Entry is just £15.20.

3 September Blenheim Palace Classic & Supercar Show

Get up close and personal with over 500 stunning classic and supercars at Blenheim Palace. While you’re there, you’ll have the privilege of witnessing the Pirelli Prestige and Performance Competition which will feature 80 superb cars across 8 categories built from 1976 to modern day. Tickets from £15.30.

8-10 September Goodwood Revival

Goodwood Revival is a classic car festival you won’t want to miss. Celebrating the spiritual home of motoring, the event encourages spectators to dress in period vintage attire while surrounded by some of the most incredible cars that have ever been manufactured. Main features include historic racing, hundreds of stalls and trade stands, and competitions throughout the weekend.

16-17 September Land Rover Show Peterborough

Calling all Land Rover drivers and enthusiasts. The Land Rover Show Peterborough is a thrilling weekend event packed with races, live demos, musical performances and much more. You can book a camping spot for the entire weekend if you’d really like to make an occasion of it. Tickets are available from £14.

16-17 September Kop Hill Climb Buckinghamshire

Enjoy the view of vintage and classic cars from the last century at the Kop Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire. Special attractions include Genevieve, a twin-cylinder 10/12 hp Darracq built in Paris in 1904, celebrity appearances and a focus on Ferraris 70th birthday! Tickets are available from £10.

17 September Selkirk Rally

The Selkirk Rally promises a great day out for the whole family. Located at Sunderland Hall in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the event promises a display of veteran and military cars, car club displays, quad biking, children’s treasure hunts and an autojumble. Perfect for car enthusiasts young and old.

17 September The Big Welsh Classic Car Show

The Big Welsh Car Show is a charitable event for the whole family to enjoy. Set at Chepstow race course, the event promises an array of spectacular cars, family entertainment, trade stands, refreshments and classic car activities. Tickets are available from £10 with concessions available.

23 September Porsche Club GB National Event

Explore the stunning grounds of Ragley Hall while enjoying this year’s Porsche Club Concours d’Elégance. The Ragley gathering will give you the opportunity to sit back and relax amongst beautiful Porsches and likeminded owners. There will also be a Club marquee with refreshments, as well as exclusive parking for Club members.

24 September Hinckley Classic Motorshow Leicestershire

Get amongst more than 500 classic vehicle owners and 17,000 spectators from all over the country at Hinckley Town Centre for the Hinckley Classic Motorshow. Organised by the Hinckley BID, the show will display stunning cars, motorcycles, vans and scooters. Coventry Transport Museum will also be in attendance, as well as trade stands, entertainment and plenty to eat and drink.

27 September Brightwell Classic & Vintage Auction

Head down to the Brightwell Classic & Vintage Auction and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a fun and fast paced auction. Appraisals are free, and to discuss entering your vehicle please contact Toby Service on 01568 611122 or email classiccars@brightwells.com.

Need some ideas on what to wear to one of these events? Head over to our motoring clothing page!

 

 

photo credit Goodwood.com

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If you’re keen to do some restoration or repair work on your classic motor from your home garage but are worried you’ll run into practical problems, we have the solution. It might be you have nowhere to store a conventional, bulky car lift, or find it a struggle to manoeuvre around a static car in close quarters. Exclusive to Holden customers, our new EZCarlift will give you the space and freedom to work on your motor from home.

Beautifully engineered in America, the EZCarlift is able to raise a vehicle 26 inches off the ground and can hold up to 4,400 lb in weight. It’s completely compact and easy to assemble, meaning that we can ship it to you via a regular courier.

So how does it work?

The main difference between the EZCarlift and a traditional car lift is that it doesn’t require a heavy hydraulic motor. In fact, all that’s needed to get this lift going is a high powered reversible drill with variable speeds. Once the lift arrives, you will slot the two separate pieces of steel underneath your car. The type of cross beams you use will depend entirely on the car you own. To check out the full list of cross beam compatibilities, click here.
You will be able to connect your drill to the end of the lift, switch it on and watch your car lift up with ease. Once it’s at the right height for your restoration purpose, you can get to work with full access to your vehicle.

The other fantastic feature the EZCarlift offers is its detachable wheels. Should you want to manoeuvre the car or push it to another area of your garage, you can use the four wheels supplied with the lift to do so. It’s up to you whether you fix the wheels into a ‘backwards and forwards’ or fully rotating position. For a demonstration on attaching the wheels to the lift, watch Julian Parker show you how it’s done in the video.

When you’ve finished the work, you’ll be able to power down the EZCarlift with your drill and store the lift on its own wall plates, out of the way until you next need them.

Take the hassle out of your home based car repairs and restorations by ordering your EZCarlift today and receive your order within 7-10 working days.

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