Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -


Thou­sands of vis­i­tors lined the streets of Brom­yard for the town’s in­au­gu­ral Speed Fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing its motoring links past and present.

A star at­trac­tion was the ap­pear­ance of Mal­colm Campbell’s 1924 Sun­beam Blue Bird land speed record car from the Na­tional Mo­tor Mu­seum, Beaulieu. Fol­low­ing trans­mis­sion prob­lems on its morn­ing ap­pear­ance, mu­seum staff worked in the pad­dock to en­able it to do an out and back run in the af­ter­noon.

Town cen­tre roads were closed and lined with bar­ri­ers to al­low the crowds to en­joy safely the sight of more than 150 cars and 30 mo­tor­cy­cles as they pa­raded round the tight cir­cuit.

Steve Mor­ris, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Mor­gan Cars and Tony Burt, Mayor of Brom­yard, as­sisted by Peder Nielsen the town crier, of­fi­cially opened the Fes­ti­val. The first car was an Austin Mini Cooper S driven by well-known Brom­yard rac­ing driver Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Wil­liams, ac­com­pa­nied by his 100-year-old mother. Barrie later reap­peared driv­ing a go-kart.

The area’s links with Mor­gans was re­called with a dis­play and a pa­rade of cars rang­ing from 1930s three­wheel­ers to 2016 mod­els. Other selections in­cluded hill­climb, rac­ing, and rally cars, and mo­tor­cy­cles.

Or­gan­ised by a group of motoring en­thu­si­asts sup­ported by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Brightwells, Holden Vin­tage & Clas­sic, Mor­gan and Min­tex, the event has been four years in the plan­ning. Judg­ing by its ini­tial suc­cess, it should be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture. David Brown

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