Goodwood Festival Of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an internationally recognised annual motoring event held in Chichester, north of West Sussex, at the beautiful park land surrounding Goodwood Estate owned by Lord March and his family. The sell-out festival has been running since 1993 and each year plays host to thousands of spectators, motoring enthusiasts and motorsports champions, making it an occasion you won’t want to miss!

This year, the Festival of Speed runs between 29 June – 2 July and promises four fun-packed days suitable for the entire family.

Highlights will include an action sports arena show, Red Arrows air display, numerous batches of cars and motorcycles across various categories including ‘pre-war cars’ and ‘Ferrari Sportscars’ as well as a visit from reigning world champion Nico Rosberg who will be taking to the road in his Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport W05 Hybrid!

Each year the Festival of Speed selects a theme for the event with this year’s being ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’, which celebrates racing machines that were so fast, powerful, complicated or expensive that the rules had to be changed to rein them in. For this reason, the festival will receive visits from 1980s era 1,000bhp turbocharged Grand Prix cars, unlimited Group 7 sportscars and the 750kg-formula European Championship leviathans from the 1930s. For those of you that are enthusiastic about bike-racing, there will also be 200bhp-plus MotoGP missiles, a number of 500cc Grand Prix bikes with their two-stroke powerbands and light-switch throttles, as well as the World Superbike winners.

Paddocks will be open to the public across the estate so that you can get up close and personal with some of your favourite motorcars, and refreshments are on offer for when you need cooling down in the gorgeous warm weather.

If you’re thinking of staying the entire weekend, accommodation is available. You can either pitch a tent at the nearby campsite, or book a room at the Goodwood Hotel. There’s also plenty of hotels and b&bs in the neighbouring area, all of which are only a short walk from the festival.

Given that this is such a prestigious event in the world of motoring, we recommend you look the part for the weekend. We offer a large assortment of motoring clothing, country clothing and even picnic sets and weekend accessories to make your trip extra special.

So what are you waiting for? Tickets are available now!

June Motoring Events You Won’t Want To Miss

Soon enough those pesky summer showers will clear and you’ll be able to take the top down on your classic motor again. So, in anticipation of blue skies next week, here’s a whopping 11 classic motoring events you might fancy taking part in or spectatoring at.

11th – 17th The Paris-Prague Rally (Rallyround)

If you’re a bit of a euro-explorer, you might be interested in this spectacular rally event organised by Rally Round. This year, the route spans 1,333 miles through Chateau de Chantilly on the outskirts of Paris, St Gallen, Kitzbuhel, Linz and Brno before concluding in Prague’s gorgeous Old Town. What could be more beautiful? Don’t worry if you miss it this time around, more events are being organised for 2018!

11th June Grand Pix de l’Age d’or

The Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or is this year celebrating its 53rd anniversary and its 13th on the amaking Dijon-Prenois circuit. It will see 10 grids on the track, including the Euro F2 Classic and the 2 Formula 1 grids, as well as the FIA Lurani Trophy. Spectators are able to view the cars up close in the paddocks, and there will be a number of stands, stalls and entertainment on offer!

11th June Shelsley Walsh Breakfast Club

Located on the outskirts of Worcester, the Breakfast Club opens this fantastic annual hill climb at Shelsley Walsh to classic enthusiasts from around the country. This year features a chance to see hundreds of classic and vintage motors as well as a unique opportunity to view a restored water mill in action. Admission for spectators is only £3.50.

11th June Jaguar Drivers Club E-type day at Prescott

Head over to Prescott Hill in Cheltenham for this fun filled day celebrating all things Jaguar. There’s plenty to see and do for spectators, including refreshments, stalls and entertainment. So, whether you’re a proud jag owner or just a really big fan, hop into your motor and drive over to Prescott Hill with the family to enjoy a relaxing day out.

17th & 18th June Bath Festival of Motoring, Walcot Rugby Ground

The Bath Festival of Motoring is a 2 day charitable event that last year welcomed over 6000 spectators! Tickets for spectators are £10 and include access to the classic cars up close, as well as entertainment, stalls and a true festival atmosphere. What could be better?

17th & 18th June Brookland Double Twelve Motorsport Festival

Brooklands has a rich motoring history and each year celebrates its classic car connections by hosting a fantastic event for the whole family. Saturday sees The Double Twelve Speed Trials on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit and Sunday will show The Double Twelve Driving Tests. The Test Hill Challenge will also take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Tickets for spectators are £11.

17th & 18th June HSCC Cadwell Park

This two day motoring event located in Lincolnshire is a spectacle for all the family. It includes categories like Classic Racing Cars, 70s Road Sport and Formula Ford 2000. To take part, simply fill out the registration form on the website.

17th June Open test day at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb

This will be the first time that the Midland Automobile Club has hosted an open practice day at Shelsley Walsh. It’s particularly good if you’re keen to gain further experience on the hill in a more relaxed environment while still benefiting from being timed. Those wishing to take part must possess a 2017 MSA licence. Spectators can go for free which makes it a lovely day out for the family.

24th & 25th June Bromyard Gala

With its rich motoring history, there’s no better setting than Bromyard for a classic motoring event. In celebration of 50 years, this two day classic car event features JCB’s world famous dancing diggers, as well as a fairground, bandstand and plenty of vintage and classic cars that you can see up close and personal.

24th & 25th June Flywheel Festival

Situated at Bicester Heritage, this classic car event is now in its 3rd year and gets better each time! The two day festival celebrates both classic cars, as well as historic military vehicles and aviation. Demonstrations take place over both days, and there’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Advance spectator tickets are £23 (£28 on the day) with family options and concessions also available. There’s also a fantastic auction on 24th. You won’t want to miss it!

29th – 2nd July Goodwood Festival of Speed

Each year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has a theme. This year marks 25 years since the festival started and its theme is ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’. Intrigued? We are! A weekend admission is £154 and packages or concessions are also available. With some seriously amazing classic motors in attendance this year, it’s an event you certainly won’t want to miss.

 

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.