The Bath Festival of Motoring will be held on Father’s Day, 15th and 16th June 2019 at Walcot Rugby Ground in Bath, near Bath Racecourse, and opposite the Lansdown Park and Ride.Featuring an amazingly varied display of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles, this annual event is a fun-filled weekend for all the family, and it’s all for charity.
The Festival is run by Bath Rotary Club, which has several members with links to ‘the motor trade’, as it used to be called, and plenty more who love, and even drive, some amazing vehicles of their own, and who have been running this show for several years.
Last year the event welcomed over 500 superb cars, van, and motorbikes, and in excess of 6,000 visitors through the gate. The vehicles on show ranged from a 1904 Renault to a 2012 Maserati Saloon, offering people the chance to see a spectacular range of cars and motorcycles spanning the 20th and 21st centuries.
Simon Spalding, from the Rotary Club of Bath, said: “Our fun event is being held over Father’s Day weekend, so it’s a great place to have a family day out that will give anyone who likes cars and motorbikes, old or new, a real thrill. And it all helps us raise money for charity.”
The two charities being supported by the entrant fees this year are Freewheeleers, the motorbikes riders who transport blood and other vital health items around the country, and the Dorothy House Hospice, based just outside Bath.
As well as some amazing vehicles, there will also be live music, great local food and drink, a high performance model aircraft display, and stalls and activities for the whole family, making the Festival a great way to while away a few hours. There is even the chance to have a dream ride in a supercar of your own: generous local owners of superb modern dream cars such as Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys will be offering mini 20 minute road trips out on the highways and byways near the Festival in return for a charitable donation to the Rotary Club: it’s your chance to sample just how different a ride in one of these amazing high performance vehicles is in comparison to the everyday modals most of us drive. And it’s a great present for Dad on Father’s Day.
Simon said: “You don’t have to be a petrol-head to enjoy the Festival: there’s plenty to do. But the highlight for many people is the chance to get up close and personal with hundreds of superb vintage and classic cars and bikes. You could see a DeLorean like the one featured in the movie ‘Back to the Future’, parked up next to a Bullnose Morris from the 1930s, a Ford Mustang muscle car or a classic British Norton motorbike from the 1960s.
“Unlike other shows, there’s no roped off displays: it’s a real chance to see the superb engineering and styling which makes these vehicles objects of desire for so many.” A favourite place to stop and stay for many are the comfortable hay bale seats set around the Arena in the middle of the ground, around which there is an almost continuous parade of vehicles all weekend, with an expert commentary on what you are seeing: incredible vehicles with fascinating stories.
Entrance costs just £10 per adult, and up to 2 children are allowed in free with each adult ticket-holder, and additional accompanied child tickets are £5. Tickets can be bought in advance from the Festival website: www.bathfestivalofmotoring.com
The Show is open on Saturday 15 April from 10.00am to 5.00pm and on Sunday 16 April from 10.00am to 4.00pm.