Festival preview gives taste of treats in store

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More than 1000 classics and 15,000 visitors are expected to attend the Coventry Festival of Motoring from 24-25 August at Stoneleigh Park.

The festival was launched on Saturday with ex-ford CEO Nick Scheele (on the left) and a small collection of cars including a Jaguar Mk VII, E Type, Triumph Vitesse and the 2012 Festival Best in Show car – a Vauxhall Viva.

One of the biggest lures for enthusiasts will be Sunday’s 50-mile tour through Leamington, Kenilworth and South Warwickshire, returning to Stoneleigh Park from 1pm, where there will be a Battle of Britain RAF flypast.

More than 50 classic car clubs will be there, too, including the Sporting Bears, which will be offering rides in supercars to raise money for charity.

Gary Hall, from the CFM’s organising committee, said: “We want to make the festival the biggest, brightest and the best we can. There’ll be hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles at Stoneleigh Park during the weekend for everyone to enjoy, along with many car clubs, a funfair, a wall of death, radio-controlled cars and a craft market.

“The gates on both days open at 10am with a free classic shuttle bus operating between Millennium Place [outside Coventry Transport Museum] to Stoneleigh Park on both Saturday and Sunday.”
The event is free to attend, with a £5 charge for parking.

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