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Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival returns

Sunday 22 August will see The Rotary Club of Tewkesbury stage their popular Classic Vehicle Festival at Tewkesbury School Playing Fields.

The event is the Rotary Club's biggest annual fundraiser which raises thousands of pounds for both national and regional charities.

The event features a spectacular display of over 1,000 classic vehicles, from the dawn of the motoring era, to pre-war, post-war, American classics, custom cars, hot rods, supercars, motorbikes to modern classics.

It's not just cars either...over 200 classic motorcycles will be on display, with all the major marques represented, plus 110+ quality trade stands selling everything from car accessories, autojumble, memorabilia to jewellery and crafts, plus a bar, large dance floor and a wide selection of catering.

Organisers are delighted to welcome back the Bond, Hannis & Osbourne "Nuthing II Fancy" Drag Racing Team. The car will be firing up at regular intervals throughout the day which is always a crowd pleaser.

Guaranteed to be one of the highlights will be the evocative sight of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire flypast. The Spitfire was the iconic aircraft of the Battle of Britain and became the symbol of British defiance in the air. Designed by Reginald Mitchell, Spitfires shot down a total of 529 enemy aircraft, for a loss of 230 of their own. The flypast is courtesy of The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF's tribute to the aviators of WWII - Lest We Forget.

Festival organiser Anthony Stockman said: "We are thrilled to have been granted this flypast as our show visitors will get to remember the enormous sacrifices made in pursuit of our freedom. In recent years the Rotary Club of Tewkesbury have actively supported The Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, the War Memorial Repair fund and SSAFA."

New for 2021, live music with the marvellous vintage songstress Betsy Harmony and the 'hot rockin' piano man Jon Clare who will be belting out classic hits from the 1950s and 60s.

This annual event is a must-do on the classic car show calendar. A superb family day out, it raises vital money for worthwhile causes.

By displaying your car, or by visiting our show you will be making a valuable contribution to the event chosen charities:

  • Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Since 1991, the Midlands Air Ambulance have responded to more than 50,000 missions averaging 2,000 per year, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK. The festival traditionally serves as an operational base for the crew on the day.
  • Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Based in Cheltenham, the hospice supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. They specialise in inpatient palliative care for people living with a terminal illness, a neurological condition or the loss of a loved one. Their doctors, nurses and carers give people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can. Their palliative care is free, but it costs £3.6m per year to provide it, which equates to £10,000 per day.
  • Tewkesbury Foodbank. Nobody in our community should have to face going hungry. That's why Tewkesbury Foodbank provide three days' nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Book in confidence - COVID-19 secure: The event organisers will put all necessary precautions in place to safeguard visitors and will fully comply with the Government and Public Health England guidelines at the time. The details of the measures will be communicated nearer to the event date. If the event has to be cancelled due to coronavirus, your tickets will automatically be valid for the following year, unless a refund is requested within 30 days of the event cancellation.

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