All roads lead to Stratford as town gears up for motoring festival

By IH Wednesday 12 December 2012 Updated: 21/12 08:38

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Buy photos » Festival organiser Adrian Grubb (centre) with Stratford classic car enthusiast John Atkinson (left) and Tony Merrygold, route planner of the Test Hills Run and Managing Director of festival partner Shakespeare Country. The cars are -left to right - a 1950 Riley RMA, 1963 Austin Healey 3000 MkII and a 1965 Ford Mustang GT. (s)

ALL roads will lead to Stratford for classic car fans next spring when the town stages the first ever Stratford Festival of Motoring.

The inaugural event - which will take place during the early May bank holiday, on Sunday and Monday May 5 and 6 - will play host to more than 200 classic and special interest vehicles.

Expected are supercars including Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, together with less common models from Spyker, Brabus and Ultima.

The British contingent will also be well represented by the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Jensen, Lotus, Noble and Bentley.

Microcars will feature too and the diminutive delights on display are likely to include the Bubble Car, Bond Minicar, Goggomobil, Heinkel and Messerschmitt.

And lovers of two wheels will not be disappointed with the range of vintage and classic motorcycles on display, the likes of Matchless, AJS, BSA, Royal Enfield, Ariel, Triumph, Norton, Moto Guzzi, BMW, Suzuki and Harley Davidson.

The Test Hills Run on the Sunday will challenge entrants’ driving skills as it snakes for nearly 60 miles throughout some of the steepest Cotswold inclines.

There will also be two “runs” through Warwickshire and Gloucestershire countryside for entrants.

Tracing a well-driven route used by Midlands’ motor manufacturers to test vehicle pulling power and braking ability in the days before purpose-built test tracks, the run passes through some of the UK’s most picturesque towns and villages including Edgehill, Chipping Campden, and Broadway.

Monday’s less daunting but scenic drive will see participants motoring through towns and villages to the north of the town, searching for clues to complete the light-hearted Treasure Trail. The “runs” are organised by Tony Merrygold from Shakespeare Country, co-organiser of the festival.

Event organiser, Adrian Grubb, from Stratforward, said: “The Stratford Festival of Motoring promises something for everyone with at least a drop of petrol running through their veins.

"And what better way to spend the May Day bank holiday than in the picture-perfect location that is Stratford, surrounded by fascinating vehicles and fellow motoring enthusiasts?”

Anyone with an historic or unusual vehicle who would like to participate in the festival and runs, should contact Adrian by email at adrian@stratforward.co.uk or enter online. Entry fees cost £15 per day, or £20 for both days.

Visit www.shakespeare-country.co.uk/Stratford-Festival-Of-Motoring.aspx for more information and online application forms.

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