Despite the weather a fantastic event organised by the North Cotswolds Rotary Club in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice, Canine Partners, and the NSPCC was held today in the Cotswold School. Below are a small selection of the cars and a bike. What is your favourite car?
Around 180 vintage, classic, collector, and sports cars are expected, together with a number of ‘vehicles of special interest’.
Favourite cars from TV and films will be starring in the show thanks to Motion Picture Motors, and there will be opportunities to get a treasured ‘Selfie’ with an automotive star. The cast will include a Mustang and Charger from the iconic car chase in Bullitt, Kitt from Knight Rider, the police car in The Blues Brothers, and Delboy’s Van from Only Fools and Horses.
As well as the display of cars, the Interact Club at The Cotswold School will be organising a village fete area with stalls, bungee runs and a climbing wall for youngsters to enjoy.
Food and drinks will be available at the festival, including Thai street food, pizzas from a 1970s caravan, bratwurst from a 1960s Peugeot van, ice cream from a 1960s Mini ice cream van, and barista coffee from a traditional Italian tricycle.
There will also be an opportunity to enjoy refreshing summer drinks and locally brewed Cotswolds Lager.
The inclusion of a 1904 Mors and 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost at one end of the spectrum, and an Aston Martin DB11 and Bugatti Veyron at the other, gives an idea of the range of interesting cars and other vehicles attending.
The first vehicle with a military connection to register for the festival was a 1939 Vauxhall J4.
This was one of the last saloon cars to be built by Vauxhall prior to the Second World War.
Damian Ball will be bringing along a Daimler Dingo scout car. These light armoured vehicles saw service from 1940-68. Despite weighing 3 tonnes it was capable of 55 mph. This Dingo has a Bren gun, a Lee Enfield carbine and grenades, a radio transceiver, 4-wheel drive and 1-inch thick armour.
Woodies seem to have been favourites with the Royal Family in various guises and were used on their estates.
This particular car is believed to have been a particular favourite of the queen mother.
In fact, the car appears with a second, green example, on a postage stamp for St Helena. The queen mother is posing with the 2 cars in front of Sandringham. The face value of the stamp is 70p.
A number of competition cars on display will include a 1962 Fiat Abarth 850TC Nurburgring.
Other competition cars amongst the vehicles displayed at the Festival will include a Jaguar D-Type, an Invicta, and a Sunbeam Imp rally car – the rigours of racing permitting.
Festival goers will have an opportunity to vote for the vehicle they would most like to take home in a ‘People’s Concours’ competition and the owner of the most popular vehicle will receive a prize.
Voters can also be winners, with a chance to win an automotive-themed handmade cake.
The festival takes place at The Cotswold School from 10am to 4pm and those arriving by car from outside Bourton can park in a field at the school.
The cost of entry is £6 and accompanied children go free.