Coven­try Mo­toFest

More than 1000 clas­sics, many with lo­cal con­nec­tions, cel­e­brate city’s Moto-Fest

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin

Ev­ery­thing from a Monte Carlo-win­ning Mini to a Dai­hatsu Move – plus more than 1000 other clas­sics – took over Coven­try city cen­tre for the ex­traor­di­nary two-day Moto-Fest. Whether you are a fan of vin­tage Stan­dards, or Nis­san Sky­lines ( legally) drift­ing around an un­der-fly­over car park, there was some­thing to suit most tastes.

Ev­ery cor­ner of the city cen­tre was taken up by a dis­play of some sort, from Lady Go­diva (in statue form) cast­ing a crit­i­cal eye over cars in Broadgate, to a con­trast­ing dis­play of Jaguar XJS and Nis­san Pul­sars in Mil­len­nium Place out­side the Coven­try Mo­tor Mu­seum.

The Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum brought along the afore­men­tioned 1964 Monte Carlo-win­ning Mini, and Jaguar Her­itage brought along many of the clas­sics from its own col­lec­tion.

The Mid­lands Ve­hi­cle Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety man­aged a fine dis­play of mem­bers’ cars and there was a gath­er­ing of Stan­dards out­side the Fly­ing Stan­dard (of course!) pub.

In con­trast there was a 1997 Dai­hatsu Move, which en­thu­si­as­tic owner, stu­dent Cam Hans-Brooker, reck­ons is a clas­sic. ‘ When new it was the slow­est ac­cel­er­at­ing car in Bri­tain and there are only 230 still on our roads to­day,’ he ex­plains.

Both days saw a pa­rade of clas­sics around the city, in­clud­ing a sec­tion of closed off dual car­riage­way, on part of which a slalom had been con­structed. No-one will ever for­get see­ing this be­ing ne­go­ti­ated by a BL Wedge, com­plete with car­a­van!

Moto-Fest has been run­ning since 2014. Spokesman Neil Camp­bell says: ‘ We think we’ve done bet­ter than the 120,000 vis­i­tors we had last year. We hope that see­ing all th­ese clas­sics might per­suade some young peo­ple to go for a ca­reer in en­gi­neer­ing.’

’No-one will for­get the BL Wedge and car­a­van ne­go­ti­at­ing the event’s slalom’

An un­for­get­table sight – BL Wedge and car­a­van put through their paces on the Ring Road. The Dai­hatsu Move is def­i­nitely a clas­sic, says 21-year-old Cam Hans-Brooker, who paid £300 for this 20,000-miler. Brian Birch’s Stan­dard Com­pan­ion is the only known ex­am­ple with twin rear doors. ‘Peo­ple didn’t like it,’ he says. The first Land Rover – HUE 166 – and the fi­nal Land Rover De­fender built were dis­played by Jaguar Land Rover.

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