BROMYARD SPEED FESTIVAL
BROMYARD, HEREFORDSHIRE, 3 APRIL
More than 100 classics, including a Sunbeam land speed record car originally driven by Sir Malcolm Campbell, will be heading to Herefordshire for this new one-day event.
The 1924 record-breaking 350hp Blue Bird will feature on demonstration runs on closed town centre roads at this free-to-attend event. Morgan – which built its first car in Bromyard, before moving to Malvern – is the featured marque on the day. Other cars confirmed include an Ashley-bodied 1959 AustinHealey Sprite, a 1965 Triumph Spitfire racing car rebodied in the style of a Jaguar D-type, and a 1990 Ferrari Testarossa. The event will be opened by racer Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, whose grandfather set up the town’s Williams Garage. The combination of static displays and runs around the street circuits takes place between 10am and 4.30pm.
Bromyard Speed Festival Community Interest Company says it has launched the festival to celebrate the town’s historic links to the motor industry, with the bosses of Austin, Bean and Morgan all having lived there at one time.
‘The event has been designed to appeal both to participants who wish to drive their vehicles, as well as the general public, who will be able to spectate all around the circuit. Bromyard and its immediate locality have been linked to the British automotive industry since the birth of the motor car,’ says a spokesperson for the event.