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Town’s rich motoring heritage to be celebrated at Classic and Speed event

Town’s rich motoring heritage to be celebrated at Classic and Speed event

by Danielle Thompson (September 2021)

CLASSIC, vintage and veteran cars will feature in a motoring event taking place in Southport next month.

Southport Classic and Speed will be held at Victoria Park on Sunday, October 10 from 10am to 5pm with free admission, followed by a grand parade along Lord Street and the Promenade, the location of the original 1903 Speed Trial course.

The centrepiece of the event will be a  themed display of veteran, vintage, classic and modern cars from all periods with the Jaguar E-type and Mini-Cooper the main attractions.

The event, organised by Aintree Circuit Club will include marque and car club displays, local crafts, food and drink stalls and a shopping village.

Event organiser Mike Ashcroft said: “Southport has a rich motoring and motor sport heritage, which pre dates Brooklands, with the first speed trials held in 1903 plus the World Land Speed record set in 1926 by Sir Henry Segrave and sand racing attracting 100,000 plus crowds.

“We have a fabulous entry of cars and other vehicles spanning three centuries of automotive innovation, following in the wheel tracks of pioneers such as Charles Rolls, Dorothy Levitt, Sir Henry Segrave and Wilf Blundell.

“Southport Classic and Speed will celebrate this superlative heritage in style, for everybody of all ages and interests to enjoy and also the opportunity to experience Southport’s other attractions as a Classic Seaside Town and Resort, especially as the event is a free public event.

“We are hoping for fine weather on the day and a very busy Victoria Park and Grand Parade Route!”

Sensible Covid Safe protocols will be adopted for the event, to ensure that public health risks are minimised and everybody can enjoy the event in safety.

The Southport Class and Speed event is being organised by Aintree Circuit Club, supported by Sefton Council, Southport BID and Victoria Park Events with sponsorship from Cataclean and Porsche Centre Preston. Aintree Circuit Club organises Ormskirk Motorfest every year. 

For more details visit: www.southportclassicandspeed.com

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