World record attempt set for South West’s largest transport festival

44th annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza will host 30 visiting car clubs along with a world record attempt for the biggest gathering of vintage buses on site

The first weekend in August will showcase what is widely regarded as one of the biggest Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK. The annual show takes place at South Cerney Airfield in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, enjoying its 44th edition, having raised over £180,000 for charity in recent years.

Despite the shows rapid evolution, their ambition remains the same: ‘to inform, educate, celebrate and preserve our unique transport heritage’.

An incredible selection of more than 1000 vehicles will be on display for visitors, including 30 visiting car clubs representing the dawn of the motoring era, to pre-war, post-war, pre-72 American, modern classics, hot rods and Land Rovers. What’s more, the Bedford OB hope to set a world record for the biggest gathering of vintage buses on site.

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A diverse range of vehicles is promised, including a 1904 CGV Talbot which will be the oldest vehicle on display, as well as being just one of two left in existence out of a 50-vehicle production run. Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Bugatti will also be represented, demonstrating the astounding breadth of vehicles on display.

An array of pre-1972 American cars have also been confirmed for the all-encompassing event, including two fantastic 1929 Cadillac’s in concours condition, a 1939 Plymouth P7 Roadking, a 1957 Galaxie Skyliner and even a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro complete with a 455ci big block supercharged engine, paired with twin 750cmf carburettors and a full nitrous oxide system.

Chairman of the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (S.V.T.E.C) Martyn Slater, said: ‘Our goal is to give the best value for money family day out in Gloucestershire, with something for all of the family to enjoy’.

In addition to the phenomenal size and range of exhibits, the event promises a rousing atmosphere with remarkable stories of barn finds, restoration projects and histories to be told. The Live Arena will showcase non-stop demonstrations including the exquisite Showman’s Engines to dancing tractors – even the opportunity to drive a steam engine. The all-new Tigers children’s motorcycle display team will also offer a fantastic performance proving the events dynamism.

Vintage displays

  • Over 1000 classic cars
  • 335 motorcycles and scooters
  • 80 bicycles from 1903 – 1980
  • 30 miniature steam engines
  • 90 stationary engines
  • 70 full size steam engines
  • 200 tractors
  • 70 buses and coaches
  • 130 military vehicles
  • 315 emergency and commercial vehicles
  • 70 industrial trucks
  • 50 vintage caravans
  • 50 model aircraft

Free vintage bus rides will allow visitors to travel around the showground for the duration of the event. The event is brought to you by the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club, a non-profit organisation that raises money for national and local charities, over 30 of which will be on-site for the event, fundraising and raising awareness for their respective charities. As one of the largest events of its kind, run entirely by volunteers from all corners of Gloucestershire, the event remains one of the season's must-see shows.

For further information or to purchase advance tickets visit the official show website.

Who’s attending?

  • Gloucestershire MG Owners Club
  • Atwell Wilson Motor Museum
  • Nostalgia Car Club
  • Panhard et Levassor Club GB
  • The A30/A35 Owners Club
  • Blakehill Minis
  • 5 Valleys Mini Club
  • Gloucestershire Mini Owners Clubs
  • Colerne Classic Car Club
  • Glavon TR Register
  • Swindon Rod N Custom
  • Cotswold Conrods
  • Fairford Classic Car Club
  • Wiltshire Classic Ford Club
  • Pre-90s Classics
  • Mini Rebels
  • Six-Ex Minis
  • Cotswold Classic Car Club
  • Citroen Traction Avante Owners Club
  • Cardiff Classic Car Club
  • Landcrab Owners Club
  • Triumph 2000 register
  • Ford Granada MK1 and MK2 Club.

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