Torque of the Town - Stratford Festival of Motoring proves a bank holiday hit


The fifth annual Stratford Festival of Motoring was the ‘torque of the town’ this Bank Holiday weekend, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from across the country.

Rain showers didn’t dampen the motor madness that arrived in the bard’s town for the popular two-day event that featured more than 300 cars on show throughout the town’s streets.

From Audrey, the last remaining Vintage Mobile Cinema, to a unique pink ‘Barbie’ Jaguar that once starred in a film directed by Michael Winner, the free festival transformed Shakespeare’s home town into a petrolhead’s paradise for the weekend.

They included cars from across the world spanning decades of iconic motor history, including ‘Vicky's S’ TVR - commissioned by TVR chairman Peter Wheeler for his wife Vicky that he once treated Prince William to a lesson in.

Car lovers from across the country joined in organised runs through the surrounding Warwickshire and Gloucestershire countryside, arriving in Stratford for a lap of honour around the historic town centre before parking up for a day of motor madness.

Participants included Roger Key, who travelled an impressive 442 miles from Stonehaven to Stratford specially for the event, as well as members from car clubs across the country.

Ruth Wood, Events Manager at Stratforward BID - which organises the festival - said: “The weather may not have been perfect, but the odd rain shower certainly didn’t wave the red flag for the festival and this year was another great turnout from participants and visitors.

“The whole aim of the motor festival is to lay on something a bit different and showcase Stratford to an audience from across the country. The sight of hundreds of cars, classic and up-to-the-minute, has become something people will travel a long way to see and this year was no exception.”

More than 300 vehicles from old to new were on display throughout the town’s streets, from pre-1960s cars to performance vehicles and an impressive selection of Jaguars - this year’s Featured Marque - from the Jaguar Heritage Trust.

They impressed crowds of people who travelled to Stratford from far and wide - including one Jaguar enthusiast who apparently came all the way from America.

There was plenty of family fun on offer, from free Jaguar remote control cars to an interactive display by Stratford College, as well as a Treasure Hunt, artwork created using remote control cars, and a ‘Where’s Will?’ competition to spot a waxwork of the bard in cars around town.

Local motor heritage museums the British Motor Museum and Coventry Transport Museum took part in the event, while festival sponsor Listers showcased brands from five of its dealerships, including brand new models.

Toni Dunk, Group Marketing Manager at Listers, said: "This year's Stratford Festival of Motoring has been a great event, showcasing the very best of the motoring world against the backdrop of one of the region's most beautiful towns.

"Listers has been delighted to be the sponsor of such a successful event for the second year running. It's an opportunity for us to get involved, to showcase our own stunning ranges, and to personally meet many of our current and future customers.

“A big thank you to Stratforward for organising such a great event, we look forward to getting involved again in future years."

The dates for next year are Sunday 6th May and Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018.

Organised by Stratforward Business Improvement District. of-motoring