Over 700 Classic Cars To Take Part In The South West’s Largest Festival of Transport
Annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza
4th, 5th and 6th August 2017
South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester
4th, 5th and 6th August 2017 will see the Stroud Vintage Transport & Engine Club (SVTEC) stage their 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 actively raising thousands of pounds for both national and regional charities each year.
A show with in a show with over 700 vehicles represented, from the dawn of the motoring era, to pre-war, post-war, Pre 72 American to modern classics 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 by a family in Cheltenham, and often competes in the world famous 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 Car Clubs currently booked to attend the Extravaganza are listed below, however some Clubs will not be in attendance every day of the show.
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.
The American section alone has 50 x Pre-72 American cars booked in. These include two 1929 Cadillac's, both in Concours condition, a rare 1957 Galaxie Skyliner with a 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. If you have an American Classic that you would like to display, please contact Pete Glover: classicyank_cars.svtec@
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 comes 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 Show Highlights Include:
- 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, 90 stationary engines, 70 full size steam engines, model engineering, 200 Tractors, over 60 Buses and Coaches, 120 Military Vehicles, 240 Emergency and Commercial Vehicles, 60 Industrial Trucks, 30 Vintage Caravans, 20 Emergency vehicles and a large model Aircraft flying display.
- 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 Funfair with the popular Fairground Organs, 'electric yachts', waltzes, big wheel, Punch and Judy Shows, steam-driven 'gallopers' and traditional penny arcade games, plus a ride on a model steam train, or ‘Chuffy the train’, and traditional games.
- Countryside Arena featuring a dog show (yes please come and enter your fury four-legged friend!), ferret racing, rare breeds, animal conservation, alpaca’s, shire horses, horse logging, sheep shearing, falconry displays to sheep dancing and reptiles!
- Massive Trade stand area with over 100 trade stalls, models tents, craft marquees 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 and 1940s inspired Lindy Hop dancing (both days). 2017 will see the first visit of the songstress Betsy Harmony, performing a delightful selection of 1940s songs from Andrew Sisters to Vera Lynn, to a right old ‘knees up’ singalong.
- 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.
- Battle of Britain Memorial Dakota flypast on Saturday and Sunday (weather dependent). Plus Jump4Heroes parachute display team will descend into the arena on all three days of the event. Jump4Heroes is The Royal British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team, made up of serving and former members of the Army, to support and raise awareness of the Armed Forces charities.
- FREE vintage bus rides around the showground on all three days
Chairman of the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (S.V.T.E.C) 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 Extravaganza is organised by the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club. This non-profit making organisation raises money for national and local charities and up to 30 will be represented on site raising money and awareness of their respective causes. 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.
For further information or to purchase advance tickets please visit: www.glosvintageextravaganza.