The Bugatti Owners Club is resident at Prescott Hill Climb and their 2016 calendar of Motor Sport events has something for everyone. The walk of the hill climb track at Prescott is a lovely summer woodland amble and the views from the top are worth the entry fee alone. They also have a beautiful restaurant for a bite to eat or you can relax with a coffee on the terrace which overlooks the start line.
I am not sure what Shakespeare would have made of the motor car, but Stratford-Upon-Avon has built up an excellent event in its yearly Festival of Motoring. This now takes in two days, over the early May Bank Holiday weekend (1st & 2nd), attracting a wide variety of modern and vintage classics.
Nearby is the Shakespeare County Raceway (www.shakespearecountyraceway.com) based at Long Marston Airfield. This is considered to be the UK’s first quarter mile drag racing strip as the Evesham Auto Club ran successful sprint races along the runway in 1959. It also has the accolade of hosting Britain’s first ever dragster built by Allan Herridge.
An occasion I look forward to is Broadway’s Italian Day, with Italia in Piazza and Cotswold Ferrari Club. This event is perfect for couples as the food market is fantastic, Broadway is beautiful and everyone smiles when they hear the Italian engines fire up. It takes place on the 1st May 2016 so you could combine Stratford FOM and Broadway in the same trip.
Last year saw the first Cheltenham Festival of Bikes, which attracted over 1,700 visitors to Cheltenham Town Hall. Due to the events success they have moved in 2016 to Cheltenham Racecourse and there will be fantastic displays of custom machines in the Centaur building. The diary date is Sunday 21st August from 11.30am to 5.00pm. Sponsors include Cheltenham Harley Davidson, Performance Triumph, Krazy Horse and Sinroja Motorcycles.
During the season, the Three Counties Showground host motoring events and can be combined with the Morgan factory in Malvern. The Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton on the Water is always worth a visit and another date for the diary is the successful Tetbury Classic Car show which takes place on Sunday 4th September. To finish an exciting 2016 I would recommend the Wyedean Forest Rally on the 12th November.
Above are a few of my summer favourites, but if you see supercars or classics stopped by the road, don’t be afraid to ask where they are headed. Car restoration companies, country pubs, car club headquarters (Porsche GB Club are based at Moreton-in-Marsh), even locations like the Cotswold Wildlife Park at Burford attract visits from car clubs. Some of my best motoring experiences have followed a friendly chat with some car club members stopped with their classics or supercars at a petrol station.