START YOUR ENGINES!

DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES!   BRAND NEW ROUTES FOR STRATFORD MOTOR FESTIVAL

The stunning sight of hundreds of cars driving out into the countryside will return as a highlight of this year’s Festival of Motoring.  It is free for spectators to come to the festival in Stratford town centre.  There will be two routes for the ‘runs’ from Stratford into picturesque Warwickshire and Gloucestershire countryside on Sunday April 30th and Monday May 1st.

The first route, ‘The Parliamentary Tour, is a petrol-powered treasure hunt-type quest involving a search for clues. The second, ‘The Four Shilling Tour, is based on an old Stratford guide book.

Following the success of last year’s ‘Pub Cricket’ treasure hunt, the ‘Parliamentary Tour’ will again be based on pub signs but you will be looking for something different. ‘The Four Shilling Tour’ is based on part of a 1960s guide book, ‘Shakespeare Country by Car’, which sold for the princely sum of Four Shillings.

Tony Merrygold, from local classic car hire company The Open Road, came up with the new routes for the runs.  “One of my challenges each year with the festival is to produce two routes that everyone will enjoy and find interesting. I was fortunate that one of our 2016 participants suggested the theme for the Parliamentary Tour and then I came across an old guide book on eBay which gave me portions of the second tour.  The Four Shilling Tour includes some very narrow lanes I have never come across before, and two fords for drivers who want a splash with their dash. We are only covering about one third of the route from the book so I guess it really ought to be called the ‘1s 6d Tour’.

Participants of the two-day festival, can choose to take part in one of the morning drives before parking up in town.  There are still spaces left so please enter at www.stratfordfestivalofmotoring.co.uk   There is a charge for entering.

As the cars arrive in town they will drive a Lap of Honour within the festival's streets before parking up to display the very finest in vintage motor heritage for tens of thousands of motor-minded fans from across the country. (This year there is no cavalcade with the cars simultaneously driving around town, due to health & safety concerns.)

Spectators can take part in a free treasure hunt organised by Henley Street’s Magic Alley. Using a special "key", visitors will unlock clues across town to win spectacular prizes. In Rother Street there will be a family area with the ever popular fire engine, go karts, bouncy castle and for the first time, remote control jaguars.

This year’s Stratford Festival of Motoring is sponsored by proudly sponsored by Listers. The Featured Marque is Jaguar, and Wood Street will be filled with cars from the iconic British brand, including Jaguars from the British Motor Museum and Jaguar Heritage Trust.