Vaux­hall Bed­ford Opel As­so­ci­a­tion rally switches to Mar­ket Har­bor­ough

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

ne of the UK’s big­gest clas­sic events is mov­ing for­ward into 2017 af­ter a new venue has been found.

Some 3000 cars and com­mer­cials and 5000 spec­ta­tors are ex­pected at the Vaux­hall Bed­ford Opel As­so­ci­a­tion’s rally, which will now take place at the new Mar­ket Har­bor­ough Show­ground in Le­ices­ter­shire on 8-9 July.

The news ends months of un­cer­tainty for the 32 clubs in­volved with the event af­ter the VBOA event was evicted from its pre­vi­ous venue, Billing Aquadrome, af­ter 33 years ex­hibit­ing there. Other ma­jor shows like The Land Rover Show have also had to move.

‘We are so glad that this new venue has been found. We had looked at oth­ers, in­clud­ing Lu­ton Hoo and the East of Eng­land Show­ground but this new show­ground is ideal,’ says VBOA spokesman John Anker­man.

He adds: ‘We are not happy with the way we were treated by Billing – ba­si­cally we only got a phone call shortly af­ter the 2016 event fol­lowed by a sin­gle let­ter.’

John says that he is par­tic­u­larly grate­ful to Mar­ket Har­bor­ough-based Vaux­hall spe­cial­ist LMF, which found the venue, and is also or­gan­is­ing the event on be­half of the VBOA.

Steve Crook at LMF says: ‘We’ve had a stand at the event for many years. It’s a great show and we are de­lighted to be able to help it con­tinue.’

Clubs are also pleased that the VBOA event has a se­cure fu­ture. ‘ This is good news. We al­ways have a great se­lec­tion of cars at the event and we are look­ing for­ward to the 2017 show,’ says Vaux­hall Cresta Club sec­re­tary and trea­surer, Wendy Hog­a­rth.

Vaux­hall is a long-term sup­porter of the event with a stand fea­tur­ing new and clas­sic mod­els. Spokesman Si­mon Huck­nall says: ‘We are de­lighted to learn that a suit­able new venue for the event has been found and look for­ward to con­tinue sup­port­ing it.’

De­spite nu­mer­ous at­tempts to con­tact Billing Aquadrome for com­ment, no-one from the venue was avail­able to be­fore this week’s is­sue went to press.

‘ We had looked at other venues, but this new show­ground is ideal’

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