Although August has not brought us the summer we were hoping for, nothing will stop the Brits going ahead with their fetes and festivals. Broadway played host to one such truly British spectacle earlier this month – the Broadway Car Show. Comprising two distinctly different days of delight for petrol heads and wishful thinkers alike, money raised by the event was donated to Midland Air Ambulance.
Supercar & Modern Sports Cars Saturday
Only 60 places were available to cars wanting to exhibit at the show and the organisers were inundated with requests. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Morgans and Aston Martins filled the High Street and The Green with one of the many stars of the show being a McLaren F1. With a jazz band providing the soundtrack, Broadway took on a Carnival atmosphere with crowds enjoying street food stalls and hunting for memorabilia punctuated by the rich sounds of engines roaring into action.
Cafes, restaurants, and shops welcomed the influx of visitors whilst exhibitors were given their own VIP refreshment area and a goodie bag courtesy of Saviles. Show sponsors, Morgan Cars, were also very much in evidence with their own branded double-decker bus and people were able to sign up to take a drive in one of their iconic sports cars. The Lygon Arms was the venue for a lunchtime fashion show courtesy of Slate Clothing and boy did it impress! Another highlight was a midday fly-past by the last Hurricane plane ever made.
Classic Vintage & Veterans Sunday
On Sunday, Broadway became a scene straight out of Downton Abbey with cars dating from 1899 to 1970. Car owners were encouraged to meet in advance and enjoy a leisurely drive through the Cotswolds’ before making a grand entrance into Broadway with Jaguars, Bentleys and Bugattis in convoy.
Morgan Cars brought their latest model with them – the Morgan Plus Four CX-T which aims to redefine the capabilities of a Morgan sports car. The company worked alongside the Dakar Rally specialists to create an overland Morgan opening up destinations the cars have never been able to reach previously including rough terrain in remote conditions.
What is probably the most incredible thing about this prestigious event is that it is all done by volunteers including the orange-clad marshals that could be seen busily directing people and keeping things moving over the two days. It was a wonderful experience and if you were not lucky enough to catch it this year, make sure you get yourself to Broadway for the car show next year – it’s free, it’s fascinating and it’s all for charity.
For more things to do in the village, take a look at Broadway Cotswolds What’s On Diary.