The weekend Festival proved to be a huge success, attracting almost 500 entrants and thousands of spectators along a stunning route through beautiful countryside in Coventry and Warwickshire. We are delighted to confirm that the event will take place again this year, on September 2nd and 3rd 2006 – the second time Coventry Transport Museum and partners CVOne have organised the event in this new look format.
Hundreds of participants have already entered their veteran, vintage or classic cars and motorcycles and are travelling from all over the UK and beyond to take part in this year’s Festival, which promises to be another memorable event. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow enthusiasts and car clubs are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to have a display stand free of charge on Sunday 3rd September at the War Memorial Park. But the Festival is much more than a get together for enthusiasts - the whole family can enjoy a packed programme of free entertainment and the amazing spectacle of hundreds of cars and motorcycles looking their very best.
The Festival will kick off on Saturday 2nd September with live entertainment, fun family activities and a display of entrants’ cars staged in Millennium Place, outside the impressive frontage of Coventry Transport Museum. During the afternoon spectators will have the opportunity to vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ prize for the car they would most like to take home, and to enter a draw to win a ride in one of the Museum’s historic cars at a future date. The Museum will also be open to visitors, who will be able to see the results of a £6.9million expansion, including four brand new galleries, with admission absolutely free!
On Saturday evening the Lord Mayor of Coventry will again host a Reception Dinner at the Museum with respected motoring journalist and historian Graham Robson, welcoming guest speaker Tom Wheatcroft. Tom is the owner of the Donington Collection. His life has been committed to motorsport and his determination, pioneering spirit and achievements have brought millions of visitors to the Derbyshire circuit.
On Sunday 3rd September all the vehicles will take part in a 60-mile route around the region, flagged off by the Lord Mayor of Coventry. Last year the participants received a rousing reception from spectators along the route who held their own street parties and organisers are encouraging local residents to recreate that fantastic Festival atmosphere and give the cars and motorcycles a warm greeting as they drive past. The cars will then return to Coventry’s War Memorial Park where a packed programme of entertainment is planned to run throughout the day. This year, an added attraction will be a Bonham’s Valuation Marquee.
Highlights of Sunday’s entertainment programme include the White Helmets – The World Premier Motorcycle Display Team. This record-holding team will give a traditional, thrilling and disciplined arena display on British Millennium Triumph 750cc motorcycles, clearly showing all the qualities of teamwork, courage, trust, strength and agility that are needed in the modern army. In their immaculate uniforms, the Royal Signals Team will perform spectacular feats of balance, death defying crossover rides and outstanding acrobatics. Also performing will be Jez Avery with his world class mountain bike stunt show, bound to thrill adults and children alike with his leaps, stunts, jumps and tricks. Jez is a natural entertainer and always a favourite with the crowd.
Speaking on behalf of the Organising Committee, Museum Deputy Chief Executive Malcolm Oliver said :
"Last year’s Festival of Motoring was a brilliant weekend for all concerned. The weather was fantastic and the support received from entrants and spectators alike was phenomenal. Coventry Transport Museum, and our partners in the organisation of the event, are proud to be involved again this year and are looking forward to hosting another memorable Festival in 2006. We have already had a record number of enquiries from previous entrants who enjoyed last year so much they are clamoring to repeat the experience”!
There are still some places left. For information on how to enter please contact Nicola Roach, Telephone: 024 7623 4270, or Email: