Festival of motoring announced for heart of Shakespeare country

| 4 Jan 2013

More than 200 classics are expected to attend the inaugural Stratford Festival of Motoring on 5-6 May.

Festival organisers hope to have classics dotted throughout the town in particular around the recently renovated Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Waterside Rd, which runs alongside the river Avon.

The Warwickshire event will feature two tours through the surrounding countryside.

Toughest will be The Test Hills Run. An arduous series of steep inclines that covers nearly 60 miles, passing through towns and villages such as Edgehill, Chipping Campden, Mickleton and Broadway. Many of the roads were used by Midlands car manufacturers as test routes.

Monday’s less streneous Treasure Trail will take in the towns and villages to the north of Stratford as participants hunt for clues and, ultimately, treasure. Both runs are expected to attract machines from the veteran, vintage and classic eras.

Microcar clubs will be on show, too, bringing with them bubble cars, Bond Minicars, Goggomobils, Heinkels and Messerschmitts.

Meanwhile vintage and classic ’bikes from the likes of Triumph, Norton, Moto Guzzi, BMW, Suzuki and Harley Davidson will be on show for fans of two wheels. Modern supercars will also be on display.

Event organiser Adrian Grubb said: “What better way to spend the May Day bank holiday than in the picture-perfect location that is Stratford-upon-Avon, surrounded by fascinating vehicles and fellow motoring enthusiasts?”

Vehicle entry fees for the run and festival cost £15 per day or £20 for both days. Find out more at the event’s website.