Coventry University celebrates its 20th anniversary with classics


Coventry Car day celebrated the city’s links with the motor industry via a mini motor show and talks from figureheads in the motoring world.

Organised by the city’s university, which offers a number of courses with an automotive theme, the event attracted a host of Coventry-built cars including Alvis, Swift, Triumph, Humber, Hillman and Jaguar.

Joining local enthusiast Nigel Hugo’s century-old Ford Model T was a host of Reliants, a built-to-order Alvis 4.3-litre Continuation Series, two Swifts from 1925 and 1928, a Sunbeam Tiger, and a 1939 Lanchester Eleven, which was built by automotive pioneer Dr Fredrick Lanchester, who inspired the university’s original name – Lanchester Polytechnic.

A fantastic rear-wing-free Lamborghini Countach and a Lotus Europa were flying the flag for classic performance.

The Mercedes SLS – the design of which was led by a Coventry graduate – headed up a list of modern supercar attendees, such as Ferrari’s 458 and California, plus the Ariel Atom, which was conceived within Coventry’s design course.

A lecture presented by former Ford President Sir Nick Scheele examined the changing role of the British motoring industry and was followed by a car-themed question time attended by industry top brass such as Sir John Egan, former chief executive of Jaguar and chancellor of Coventry University, design icon Richard Seymour and Autocar editor-in-chief Steve Cropley.


Pictures: Matthew Price

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