Thursday, 26 April 2018

SAVE THE DATE: Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester 3-5 August 2018

Over 700 Classic cars to take part in the South West’s largest festival of transport
South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester 3-5 August 2018

A show within a show with over 700 vehicles represented, including 30 visiting car clubs representing 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 runabouts 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 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 owners are knowledgeable and proud to show off their splendid vehicles.

Wanted! The show hopes to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Land Rover. If you own a classic Land Rover and would like to take part, please contact the show organisers via the website.

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.

  • Vintage displays of nearly 700 classic cars from pre and post-war, including over 70 Classic American, 30 visiting car clubs plus 300 Motorbikes, scooters, 70 bicycles from 1903 - 1980, 30 miniature steam engines, 90 stationary engines, 70 full size steam engines, model engineering, 200 Tractors, over 80 Buses and Coaches, 120 Military Vehicles, 300 Emergency and Commercial Vehicles, 60 Industrial Trucks, 50 vintage Caravans, and over 50 model Aircraft taking to the sky above.
  • Live Arena with non-stop demonstrations from spectacular Showman’s Engines to dancing tractors plus the opportunity to drive a steam engine and NEW – a motorcycle display team show
·         Vintage Funfair with fairground organs, 'electric yachts', waltzers, big wheel, steam-driven 'gallopers' and traditional penny arcade games, plus ‘Chuffy the train’ passenger rides
·         The Dog Show runs over the weekend and is organised by Cotswold Dog and Cat Home. Categories include Scruffiest Mutt, Prettiest Bitch, Handsomest Dog Quickest Sit, Best Child Handler, Best Rescue to Waggiest Tail. Come and enter your four-legged furry friend on the day for just £2 per entry per class (in addition to show event entry fee) all money goes to help the marvellous local animal shelter.
·         The Countryside Arena actively promotes animal conservation and features both fun and education displays from ferret racing, rare breeds, alpaca’s, shire horses, horse logging, reptiles to beehive making. NEW for 2018 – vulture flying display. Back by popular demand is the hilarious ‘Sheep Show’ - an entertaining demonstration of shearing and sheep dancing - get into the groove with the Sheep Show Shuffle!  Plus, the children’s area has traditional vintage funfair games, face painting and Professor Colliwobble with his free regular Punch and Judy Shows.
·         Massive Trade stand village featuring over 100 trade stalls, models tents, 2 large craft marques, specialist displays of memorabilia from bygone days.
·         The showground site is sprawling, but there’s plenty of food and drink ‘pit stops’, a firm favourite is the vintage tea room with regular music and Lindy Hop dancing performances (both days). Live music with vintage songstress Betsy Harmony, performing a delightful selection of 1940s songs plus regular sets by the ‘Steamed Up Brass’.
·         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. What more the Bedford OB hope to set a world record for the biggest gathering of vintage buses on site.

Chairman of the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (S.V.T.E.C) Martyn Slater, said: ‘Our goal is to give the best value for money family day out in Gloucestershire’.

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 from all the corners of Gloucestershire.

For further information or to purchase advance tickets please visit:
Notes to editors:
·         Deadline for those wishing to enter a vintage vehicle must do so by 1 June. All contact details are available for the relevant section leader online.
·         The show opens daily at 10.00am and finishes at 5.00pm
·         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.
·         The event is a disabled friendly site, with disabled parking, toilet facilities and mobility scooters on site to hire. To pre-book, please visit:

Ticket Prices:
Ticket prices remain frozen for the 9th consecutive year:
Fri: Adult £7, junior £4. Sat or Sun: Adult: £10, junior £5
Weekender (Fri- Sun) Adult: £15, junior: £8
Family Weekender ticket (2 x adults, 2 x junior) for all three days: £35
Children under 5 years old go free

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Traffic message from the Chairman:
In 2017 we experienced terrible traffic problems exiting the site. It is hoped that it will not deter visitors from returning. To ensure it is not repeated, the following measures have been put in place:
·         Entertainment and catering will be laid on to encourage exhibitors to stay an extra night or depart later in the evening. With discounted drink on Sunday evening on the production of their entry pass.
·         A NEW motorcycle display team show will take place in the main arena on Sunday at 5.00pm to encourage visitors to stay a little longer and further reduce numbers leaving at this pinch point time.

New traffic management plans have been approved by authorities to include:
·         Vehicles departing the site can exit both left or right, however, right turning will be temporarily suspended if there are large vehicles coming up Northmoor lane entering the site.
·         Those turning left will be filtered into two lanes to the main junction where manually operated traffic lights will be in place. Local traffic turning left and Gloucester/Swindon traffic turning right.
·         Some exhibitors will exit from the top corner of the peri track on to the main road near the base entrance. This will not commence until 5.00pm and will be controlled by manually operated traffic light system. It will be temporarily suspended if traffic backs up to the roundabout. All traffic will turn left towards Cirencester.
·         Improved stewarding in place as vehicles leave the car park so that they are filtered in an orderly manner. Trying to alleviate those vehicles crossing lanes or being obstructive.

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