Our 9th Annual Hinckley BID Motorshow was a roaring success! We were delighted to welcome 921 amazing vintage and modern classic vehicles to the town centre! The weather was glorious, and bright sunshine added to the festival atmosphere. Both exhibitor and visitor numbers surpassed our expectations so we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along!
There really was something to suit everyone, from a new Aston Martin and a super DeLorean, to steam engines and scooters. Even free children's entertainment, with a resident face painter and circus skills workshops on offer.
Agrents Mead was home for the day to a big collection of Fiat Abarths, alongside nine outfits from The Federation of Sidecar Clubs. Bob Parsons, representing the club, said he was really pleased with the level of interest shown by both young and old alike. Some children had their first experience of sitting in a sidecar and one gentleman of 90+ recounted memories of his exciting drag racing days! It is wonderful that this type of event manages to capture the interest of all age groups and bridge the generation gaps.
Every space in the town was filled to capacity and our team of organisers and marshalls worked hard to accommodate everyone they could, but sadly some had to be turned away as there simply wasn't room. How wonderful though to welcome in excess of 14,000 visitors and what a great way to showcase our businesses, many of them open for trading on the day.
It is important to mention that without the BID levy paid by our town centre businesses, this and our many other free events would not be possible, so a big thank you to them all.
Our team of independent judges had their work cut out to choose winners in each of the categories, but we don't think anyone could argue with their choices.
The winner of the Best Car in Show was presented to David McConnell for his Piper P2, while Trevor West took second place for his VW Beetle Cabriolet and John Banks and A P Betts were awarded joint third for their Austin 7's.
Best Scooter in Show went to Geoff Goddard for his Lambretta, while Andrew Richardson took the crown for Best Motorbike in Show for his Honda 750N.
Sean O’Callaghan’s Chevy 3100 pick-up took the Special Vehicle award, while Sarah Coleman bagged the Special Award for her Nissan.
The Best Turned-Out Crew went to Darren and Arthur Shorthose, who pulled into Hinckley with their 1944 Canadian Ford Light Anti-Aircraft tractor, while Best Club Car went to Mr and Mrs Stephen Buxton for their Triumph Stag.
Our congratulations to the winners, but also well done to everyone who exhibited and to the crowds of thousands who visited. We hope you had a thoroughly enjoyable day and that you will be back to join us again next year. Sunday, 20th September 2020 is the date for our 10th annual motorshow!