The 40th annual Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza will return to South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester from Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd August 2014. This year the show celebrates its 40th show, an amazing feat and something we want to celebrate with everyone especially those born ON 6th & 7th September 1975 - the weekend of the very first show. We will send everyone born over that weekend a complimentary ticket for this year’s show to come and share our birthday cake with us! (DOB ID will be required)
Since the humble beginnings the show attracted just 500 visitors it now has more than 15,000 over the three days and over the last 40 years has raised thousands of pounds, donating to both local and national charities including the Cobalt Appeal Fund and Diabetes UK.
The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza was originally conceived for steam enthusiasts, but the range of vintage transports sections have grown year on year, and now includes exhibits including; buses and coaches, commercial vehicles, tractors, emergency vehicles, motorcycles, caravans, cycles, traction engines, steam engines, tractors, military vehicles, static aircrafts, radio controlled planes, model village to classic cars and much much more!
The Steam Section is considered by many visitors to be the heart of the show, and is packed with more than 100 full-size Steam Engines of all descriptions, makes and type, several of which are first-timers to the event and have never been displayed in the country before. The infamous 'Demonstration Arena' puts these mighty machines to the test, where the engines are encouraged to display their capabilities to maximum potential.The classic car section alone features over 600 vehicles, showcasing veteran, pre-war, post-war, American to modern classics. Alongside regular exhibits are rare and remarkable stories of restoration projects and histories to be told.
The show is packed full of exhibits, displays and stalls to keep the whole family entertained for hours. Alongside the hundreds of vintage vehicles the famous Ken Fox Wall of Death will be returning to wow spectators with their incredible stunts and high-speed chases on their 1920’s Indian motorcycles. Fun for all the family – the popular steam driven vintage fun fair, 'electric yachts', the waltzer, the big wheel, the steam-driven 'gallopers', face painting, dodgems, a ghost train and traditional arcade games. After all this fun visitors won’t be able to leave without a visit to the vintage tea hut and dancing which will keep little and big kids entertained for hours.
The show prides itself on encouraging interaction between exhibitors and visitors to provide a ‘hands on’ experience. Chairman of the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club, Martyn Slater, said: “The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza is the biggest of its kind run entirely by volunteers and I am proud to be involved. As well as raising money for local and national charities, our aim is to provide a safe and happy environment for everyone to celebrate our unique transport history, in hope that we can inspire future generations to get involved in the preservation of historic vehicles.”
A free vintage bus service will be operating around the perimeter of the show site, and to and from Kemble railway station throughout the show to connect with selected First Great Western Trains.For details of the bus schedule and further details, please visit www.glossteamextravaganza.com