700 Classic Cars registered for the 42nd Annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza
5-7 August 2016 will see the Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club (SVTEC) stage their 42nd Annual Show at South Cerney Airfield in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The show is widely regarded as one of the biggest and best Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK and attracts thousands of exhibitors and visitors from across the county and actively raises money for both national and regional charities.
Vintage displays of nearly 700 classic cars from pre and post war, including over 70 Classic American, plus 230 Motorbikes, scooters, 70 bicycles from 1903 - 1980, 30 miniature steam engines, 91 stationary engines, 70 full size steam engines, model engineering, 200 Tractors, over 60 Buses and Coaches, 105 Military Vehicles, 240 Emergency and Commercial Vehicles, vintage Caravans and Model Aircraft flying displays.
Live Arena with non-stop demonstrations from steam to dancing tractors and much much more. Plus the opportunity to drive a steam engine and see the spectacular Showman's Engines.
Vintage Fun fair with the popular Fairground Organs, 'electric yachts', waltzers, big wheel, Punch and Judy Shows, steam-driven 'gallopers' and traditional penny arcade games, plus a ride on a model stream train.
Countryside Arena featuring dog agility, ferret racing, rare breeds, animal conservation, alpaca's, shire horses, horse logging, sheep shearing, falconry displays and children's pony rides.
Massive Trade stand area with curiosity stalls, models tents, craft marques and specialist Displays of memorabilia from a bygone era.
The showground site is sprawling, with plenty of food and drink 'pit stops', a firm favourite is the vintage tea room with regular music, entertainment and 1940s inspired Lindy Hop dancing and the 'Steamed Up Brass Band' or bring a picnic.
And if all that exhausts you - you can pop into The Beauty Box (A converted horse box) and treat yourself to a massage, facial or beauty treatment
Classic Car Section: The classic car section alone has nearly 700 cars registered for 2016, showcasing over 100 years of motoring history, with pre-war, post-war, American to modified cars and hot-rods.
The oldest vehicles entered are 1904 CGV Talbot (only 50 were ever built, with only 2 left in existence) and a 1904 Talbot that has been lovingly restored and often competes in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. To the opposite end of the spectrum, there are supercars such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Bugatti to mass produced run-abouts such as Morris, Austin, and Ford marques - we often hear people saying 'my Dad had one of those'.
The American section alone has 70 x Pre-72 American cars booked in. These include two 1929 Cadillac's, both in concours condition, a rare 1957 Galaxie Skyliner with retractable hardtop, plus 1939 Plymouth P7 Roadking Sedan, a stunning 1957 and a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air to a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro. This Camero is a beast with a 455 ci big block engine fitted with a supercharger, twin 750cmf carburettors and nitrous oxide and 1100 BHP. All the owners are knowledgeable and proud to show off their splendid vehicles.
Alongside regular exhibits are remarkable stories of barn finds, restoration projects and histories to be told, such as the gentleman in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, who had a great deal back in the 1960s when he swapped his camera for a 1935 Austin 10. He has since purchased a similar camera back in a charity shop for £2! The Austin 10 came complete with original letters from its previous owner, along with its history. The vehicle was borrowed in the Second World War as a private defence vehicle for the army and at the time had its headlights covered so it could not be seen by enemy aircraft.
Other vehicles include:
· A 1933 Stanford 9 which has remained in the same family from Swindon since new
· A 1980 very rare factory built Panther Lima and 1960 Jensen 541R (Owner from Yate)
· A record-breaking Jensen 541 Prototype, chassis number 1 - holder of the London to Paris record, entered by owner Malcolm Bristow from Tetbury who has a vast collection of Jensen's
· A Morris Minor Saloon that was pulled out of a hedge and apart from what was necessary to get it running again and pass an MOT, still looks like it.
Land Rover NEW SECTION ANNOUNCEMENT: In January the last Land Rover Defender rolled off the production at the Solihull manufacturing line. It was an end of an era for one of Britain's most-loved - and longest-lived - vehicles.
The British manufacturer entered production in 1948 with the original Land Rover, inspired by the US-built Willys Jeep. Land Rover holds a royal warrant, as supplier to the royal household, a relationship that harks back to 1948 when King George VI viewed the original vehicle. The Queen took delivery of her first one shortly after coming to the throne in 1952 and has been pictured at the wheel many times over the years.
During its 68 years of production, more than two million Land Rovers and Defenders have been sold since, with 308 model derivatives. To commemorate the iconic vehicle, the show has introduced a new section featuring Land Rover Series I, II and III models and variants (registered Pre 1980 only). Over 20 Land Rovers have registered to date, if you would like to exhibit one, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This year is once again a record one for the Car Club section. If you already have a classic car or are thinking of buying one, joining a car club is a very good way of getting more enjoyment from it and many members have found that it greatly improves their social life as well. The Car Clubs currently booked to attend the Extravaganza are listed below.
Gloucestershire MG Owners Club; Atwell Wilson Motor Museum; Nostalgia Car Club; Panhard et Levassor Club GB; The A30/A35 Owners Club; Blakehill Minis; 5 Valleys Mini Club; Colerne Classic Car Club; Glavon TR Register; Swindon Rod N Custom & Cotswold Conrods; Fairford Classic Car Club; Wiltshire Classic Ford Club; Pre-90s Classics; Mini Rebels; Six-Ex Minis; Cotswold Classic Car Club; Citroen Traction Avante Owners Club; Cardiff Classic Car Club; Landcrab Owners Club; Triumph 2000 register.
Atwell Wilson Motor Museum - The popular motor museum from Calne are returning once again this year. They have a raffle where you can win a 1976 MG Midget for £1 (to be drawn in December).
The Extravaganza is organised by the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (SVTEC), Chairman Martyn Slater, said 'Our goal has always been to give the best value for money family day out in Gloucestershire, with something for all of the family to enjoy. The show has evolved allot over the past 40 years, but the mission remains the same - to inform, educate, entertain and celebrate our unique transport history and the preservation of historical vehicles. We actively encourage interaction between exhibitors and visitors, and have a nifty on-site Wi-Fi to enable visitors to find out more history and information about specific vehicles displayed. The dedicated Wi-Fi code can be obtained from the show program, and available for use on phones, tablets and laptops'.
The rally is one of the largest events of its kind run entirely by volunteers. All section leaders strive to bring something different to this year's event. With so much to see and do, one day just isn't long enough.
This year the show organisers would like to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate 60 years of the Queen's reign. If you own or know of a vehicle which has a historical link to the Queen, please get in contact.
Aside from all the vehicles, there are literally thousands of exhibits, curiosity stalls, trade stands, models tents, craft marques to keep the whole family entertained. Children always love the vintage fairground with the popular Fairground Organs, 'electric yachts', waltzers, big wheel, steam-driven 'gallopers' and traditional penny arcade games, and this year they can even have a ride on a model stream train.
The showground site is sprawling, with plenty of food and drink 'pit stops', a firm favourite is the vintage tea room with regular music and 1940s inspired Lindy Hop dancing. Plus new for 2016 - The beauty box providing a rest haven for weary show goers - after miles of walking, you will now be able to pop into a converted horsebox and relax with a head, neck and shoulder massage, or even indulge in a beauty treatment from eyelash tints, brow shaping or facial to a tattoo!
The event is 'not for profit' and raises money for national and local charities and up to 30 will be represented on site raising money and awareness of their respective causes.
For further information or to purchase advance tickets please visit: www.glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk
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