Eastbourne will be packed with vintage cars this weekend.
Magnificent Motors rolls into town, with 500 registered attend today (30 April) and 600 tomorrow (1 May). A Cavalcade will kick off both days at 10am, which will start at the eastern end of the seafront and will head to the Western Lawns and the Wish Tower Slopes.
Displays will be open to view from 11am-5pm.
The Cavalcade is a traditional feature of the festival and gives exhibitors a chance to take pride in showcasing their gleaming motors and visitors the opportunity to see the vintage wheels in action. There are plenty of viewing areas along the seafront for visitors to watch the seafront cavalcade including the Redoubt, the Pier and Eastbourne Bandstand.
A grand total of 26 car clubs will be attending the festival, so festival-goers can expect to see cars with marques from the Jaguar Enthusiast Club, Mini Club Sussex, Austin 7, Aston Martin and Easy Company Ltd, a military vehicle group and many more.
From pre-1930 Veteran and Vintage cars, including a 1910 Brush Runabout, a 1902 Manly Steam Carriage, the oldest exhibit at the festival, and a 1914 Morris Oxford ‘Bullnose’; to some stunning American motors, including a 1957 Chevrolet Belair Sport to a 1974 Cadillac Coup De Ville and a 1966 Pontiac GTO, motoring fanatics will not be disappointed.
Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “Magnificent Motors is a beloved Eastbourne event and we’re all geared up for another fantastic free festival which both motoring enthusiasts and nostalgia seekers will enjoy, this bank holiday weekend!
“Complete with a four-day Vintage Market in which bargain hunters and vintage-lovers can go in search of collectables and antiques, favourite foods, drink from yesteryear and retro clothing, the festival is a dream bank holiday weekend for visitors who enjoy the vintage scene!”
The motoring extravaganza which is complemented with a four-day Vintage Market and a two-day programme of live music entertainment, has some very impressive exhibits in this year’s line-up!
This year the festival also offers up vintage chauffeur-driven tours of the South Downs in a 1927 20-horsepower Rolls-Royce tourer courtesy of The Vintage Motoring Company, at a competitive price. Visitors can also jump aboard a vintage Eastbourne Sightseeing bus from the Pier and take in the sights of Eastbourne and even take a ride on a Miniature Railway line at the Western Lawns, courtesy of Polegate & District Model Engineering Club.
The Live Music Stage caters for all tastes from jazz, blues and swing to rock, funk and indie-pop. The stage will play host to ‘Cold Shot’, ‘Valley of the Kings’, ‘Jazz Jam’ and ‘Three Piece Suite’, plus many more who will provide the soundtrack to the vintage weekend. Music starts at 11.15am each day and continues through to the close of the festival at 5.00pm.
With fairground rides, traders, festival refreshments from Harvey’s Hop Bar, the Harvey’s horse drawn dray and the Vintage Market which opens every day from 29 April – 2 May from 9.00am – 6.00pm, Magnificent Motors makes for the perfect family festival this bank holiday weekend.