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Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza
If you're looking for a great weekend to let off steam, may we suggest the Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza? You could even take your own classic motorcycle...
Over the weekend of 5-7 August 2016, the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club host their 42nd annual show at South Cerney Airfield in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.
This year the Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza features an extensive display of classic and vintage motorcycles, with almost 250 entries already registered. These represent manufacturers from England, Italy, Japan, India, the USA and other countries. Among the marques on display are Honda, Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, Moto Guzzi, HRD, AGS, James, Triumph, Royal Enfield, Rudge, Baker, BMW, Norton, Velocette, BSA, Panther, Francis-Barnett, Matchless and Greeves. There will also be an abundance of Lambrettas to celebrate the mods and rockers era.
Motorcycle section organiser John Grange says ‘we always try to bring something of interest to all ages and interests, from veteran to vintage and classic. From the smallest Brockhouse Corgi para-bike to the HRD Vincent Meteor, from the Yamaha FS1E (my first bike!) to the Suzuki GT750, there will be something to suit everyone’s motorcycling interests.’
If you’d like to add your classic bike to their displays, drop a line to: john [at] jmgrange .demon.co.uk
As well as two-wheelers, the classic car section features over 600 vehicles, from the dawn of motoring to veteran, pre-war, post-war, Pre-72 American, supercars to modern classics. Alongside regular exhibits are remarkable stories of barn finds, restoration projects and histories to be told. All the owners are knowledgeable and proud to show off their splendid vehicles.
At the heart of the event you’ll find the popular Steam Arena, with non-stop steam demonstrations, and the opportunity to drive a steam engine and see the spectacular showman’s engines. The main arena features parades and commentary of all the vintage vehicles on site from classic cars, tractors, commercial vehicles, vintage bus and coaches, motorcycles, scooters, traction engines, miniature steam, industrial trucks, military vehicles, caravans to emergency vehicles. Plus the countryside arena featuring dog agility, ferret racing, rare breeds, animal conservation, alpaca’s, shire horses, horse logging, falconry displays and children’s pony rides.
Aside from all the vehicles, there are literally thousands of exhibits, curiosity stalls, trade stands, models tents, craft marques to keep the whole family entertained. Children always love the vintage fairground with the popular fairground organs, ‘electric yachts’, waltzers, big wheel, steam-driven ‘gallopers’ and traditional penny arcade games, and this year they can even have a ride on a model stream train.
The 2016 show also pays homage to Land Rover with a special section dedicated to the marque. In January the last Land Rover Defender rolled off the production at the Solihull manufacturing line. It was an end of an era for one of Britain’s most-loved – and longest-lived – vehicles. During its 68 years of production, more than two million Land Rovers and Defenders have been sold since, with 308 model derivatives. To commemorate the iconic vehicle, the show has introduced a new section featuring Land Rover Series I, II and III models and variants
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. Plus new for 2016; the ‘beauty box’ which provides a rest haven for weary show-goers. After miles of walking, you will now be able to pop into a converted horsebox and relax with a head, neck and shoulder massage, or even indulge in a beauty treatment from eyelash tints, brow shaping or facial to a tattoo!
Martyn Slater, chairman of the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club says ‘our goal has always been to give the best value for money family day out. The show has evolved a lot 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 one of the largest events of its kind run entirely by volunteers.
The event is ‘not for profit’ and raises money for national and local charities. Tickets cost £10 on the gate or are available discounted in advance from: glosvintage extravaganza.co.uk
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