New speed fes­ti­val

Here­ford­shire town to launch street event next month

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

A new town-cen­tre mo­tor­ing event is be­ing launched in Here­ford­shire next month, high­light­ing the area’s his­toric links with the car in­dus­try.

Brom­yard Speed Fes­ti­val is to be held on Sun­day 3 April with Mor­gan the fea­tured com­pany due to their links with the town – and Sir Mal­colm Camp­bell’s Sun­beam Blue­bird land speed record car from Beaulieu will be driven in the pa­rade.

Mor­gan will be fea­tured in a fac­tory dis­play in Mar­ket Square plus pa­rade classes for Mor­gan cars through the ages and an­other specif­i­cally for Mor­gan com­pe­ti­tion cars. Mor­gan will also be cel­e­brat­ing 80 years of the 4/4 se­ries.

Au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing was started in Brom­yard by the Pet­tifer fam­ily who man­u­fac­tured chas­sis com­po­nents for the Mor­gan three-wheeler in 1910, prior to the build­ing of Mor­gan’s fac­to­ries at Malvern, Worces­ter­shire.

The fam­ily-friendly street event – free to the pub­lic – is ex­pected to at­tract around 2500 vis­i­tors with 70-100 cars and 30-40 mo­tor­cy­cles tak­ing part in pa­rades through the town.

Brom­yard’s main streets will be closed off for pa­rades and par­tic­i­pat­ing cars and mo­tor­cy­cles will be held in pad­dock ar­eas and di­vided into eight to 10 classes.

Each class will drive around the cir­cuit for 15-20 min­utes be­hind a lead­ing pace car, which will be used to de­ter­mine safe cir­cuit speeds within the speed limit. The event is be­ing or­gan­ised by Brom­yard Speed Fes­ti­val CIC, a not for profit Com­mu­nity In­ter­est Com­pany, and is sup­ported by Here­ford­shire Coun­cil and Brom­yard and Winslow Town Coun­cil.

‘Brom­yard is well known for its fes­ti­vals so it seems log­i­cal to fea­ture mo­tor­ing in a town with such his­tor­i­cal links,’ says fes­ti­val spokesman Tony May.

‘In ad­di­tion to the Mor­gan con­nec­tion, the chair­men of Austin and Bean mo­tor man­u­fac­tur­ers also lived nearby. The late Lord Mon­tagu bought out the en­tire stock from a Brom­yard garage when he was build­ing up his mu­seum at Beaulieu!

‘There will be some lovely cars and mo­tor­cy­cles tak­ing part – there will be an in­cred­i­ble va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles be­ing driven through the town.’

A form for any­one in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing a ve­hi­cle for the fes­ti­val can be found on the web­site.


Sir Mal­colm Camp­bell’s Sun­beam Blue­bird will be driven through the streets of Brom­yard on 3 April.

Among the cars al­ready en­tered is this racepre­pared Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII.

Mor­gan will be cel­e­brat­ing 80 years of the 4/4 se­ries at the Brom­yard Speed Fes­ti­val.

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