CLASSIC MOTORING EXTRAVAGANZA
By Ann Evans
If you appreciate classic and vintage vehicles Ann Evans highlights three great events coming soon.
If you enjoy browsing around vintage and classic vehicles, you won’t want to miss the events happening soon in the Warwickshire area. Firstly, there are two great shows rolled into one as the ‘Classic and Vintage Commercial Show’ and ‘Classic Van and Pick Up Show’ combine to create an amazing weekend of vehicle nostalgia at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon.
Due to new additional display capacity at the Museum, both shows will now take place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June. Over the weekend visitors can reminisce about days gone by and relive the vintage era of over 500 classic and vintage lorries, trucks, buses and vans.
In its 12th year, the ‘Classic and Vintage Commercial Show’ is one of the largest shows of its kind in Europe and features a diverse selection of pre-1999 commercial vehicles. The former ‘Classic Van & Pick Up Show’ will celebrate its 6th year as part of this new incorporated show and will still feature an impressive range of light commercial vehicles.
On the Saturday the show organisers will be running a couple of fun ‘Lorry Driver of the Year” style driving challenges. These are open to all drivers from light vans and pickups right up to large tractor units and multiwheel rigids. Judges will be scoring the vehicles as they manoeuvre around vintage oil cans and markers. Whilst there are no prizes, the winner and runner-up will get to display in their cabs for the weekend, two of the genuine LDOY trophies from the 1960s and 70s.
Those interested in entering the competition should contact Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum on 01926 643358 or email Tom.Caren@britishmotormuseum.co.uk.
On the Sunday there will be displays of light commercial vehicles from the Morris Minor and J Type and Ford Transit Van to the lightweight Austin, Bedford and Morris Lorries up to the heavy AEC, ERF, Foden and Leyland models. In addition, there will be a selection of classic Volvo, DAF and Scania vehicles on display.
Over the weekend there will be a commercial vehicle related autojumble selling vehicle spares, photos, brochures, models and other items associated with historic commercial vehicles. Inside the Museum there will be an Indoor Model Show featuring over 160 tables of kit and scratch-built models of commercial vehicles and landscapes on display.
Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum stated, “By combining these two great popular shows, visitors and enthusiasts can see an even greater range of classic commercial vehicles on display. We are expecting well over 500 vehicles from familiar marques to rare finds to take part in the two day show and take everyone on a fascinating nostalgia trip. Along with admiring many different types of commercial vehicles, there will also be some great bargains at the trade stands!”
Kelsey Media will be supporting the show and selling several of their publications including Classic & Vintage Commercials, Classic Van and Pick Up and Vintage Roadscene.
For those wanting to take part in the show, you can enter your truck for free which includes entry for the driver and one passenger. Camping is also available for those that want to make a weekend of it. Day and weekend tickets are available online starting from £11.50 for Adult in advance.
For more information about the Classic and Vintage Commercial Show and the Museum please visit the website www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.
The VMCC Banbury Run
The VMCC Banbury Run might be 71 years old but it still manages to attract the largest gathering of pre-1931 classic bikes in the world. Around 500 veteran and vintage motorcycles will ride out from the British Motor Museum on various routes as they make their way to Banbury on Sunday 16 June. The routes vary between 30 and 60 miles and many will hope to make them without breaking down!
Viewing areas in the Museum grounds will give spectators the chance to see the motorcycles start up as they begin their nostalgic Run. Riders will depart at 5 per minute from 10am with the last leaving at 12noon. Riders will begin to return to the Museum from 12:30pm. The event is supported by the Banbury Town Mayor who will be starting all the competitors on their journeys including scaling Sun Rising Hill at Edgehill.
There will also be Club and Trade Stands, over 100 Autojumble pitches and special interest displays. This year the event will take place on one site without the need for shuttle buses. There is now a newly extended car park and new road layout giving easier access to the M40.
Tom Caren, Show Manager at the British Motor Museum said, “The VMCC Banbury Run is aimed at those who enjoy the thrill of riding out with other Vintage, Veteran & Pioneer bikes. It’s amazing that the Run is now 71 years old and still going strong. With many of the vehicles over 100 years old it’s not surprising that some don’t make the journey to Banbury!”
The Museum will be open from 9am – 5pm. Spectator tickets for the Run cost £9 in advance or £11 on the day for adults and concessions, children cost £7 advance or £9 on the day. All tickets include entry to the Museum and Collections Centre. Camping is also available on the Saturday and Sunday night for a discounted advance price of £26 per pitch for 1 night or £34 per pitch for 2 or 3 nights.