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Eastbourne Kick Starts a New Motoring Season
Eastbourne’s classic car collectors are getting chamois leathers and polish at the ready for new event Magnificent Motors on the seafront Western Lawns from 2 – 3 May.
Organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, in association with Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club, East Sussex Omnibus Society and various historic transport groups, up to 400 classic cars, vintage motorbikes, buses and steam traction engines are expected at this free event.

The line up includes several pieces from local car collector Ron Wanmer, a former TV classic car advisor on programmes such as Bergerac, Lovejoy and period drama Poirot. The avid collector spent 15 years working for TV producers, supplying them with hundreds of classic cars as well as appearing on many TV programmes.

In preparation for the event, Ron is bringing his two favourites a 1927 Peerless with folding top and a 1950’s AA Motorbike and Sidecar complete with his 1950’s uniform, to Eastbourne seafront on Tuesday for a quick spin. He intends to return at the event with a range of classics including a 1954 Triumph Thunderbird featured in the first Harry Potter film.

The line up of classic cars attending the event ranges across a century of motoring from a 1923 Morris Bullnose Oxford through to present day sports cars. Visitors can look forward to an array of Jaguars including the 1959 Jaguar XK 150s, an assortment of MG’s such as the 1960 MGA Fixed Head Coupe, and Triumphs including the 1959 TR3A. Lots more classic motors will be on display from Morris Minors and Austins to the 1936 Ford Phaeton and the 1952 Jowett Jupiter Sports.

American classics will also be on show with a line up of Cadillacs, Chevrolets and Thunderbirds, and those interested in more stately forms of transport can visit the display of Rolls Royce’s from the 1920’s and 30’s. Enthusiasts can also look forward to more rarities including a 1937 Bentley Derby, 1935 Austin Healy Tickford Convertible and 1958 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire 234 Convertible.

For motorbike fans a 1926 James Twin and 1960 Matchless G12 650cc Twin are just two of the machines on display and bus enthusiasts can step back in time on the 1939 Leyland Lion LT9, as well as many other fine examples of public transport history.

Family members can look forward to plenty more attractions during the event with a vintage funfair, classic car cavalcade and a programme of live music on Sunday at the Bandstand including popular rockabilly trio, The River Boys. Instrumental guitar band Lost 4 Words will also be providing their special brand of 50’s and 60’s music ranging from The Shadows to Duane Eddy, ending in a fantastic fireworks finale at 10pm on Sunday evening.

A vintage bus service also links up with the water based events at the Sovereign Harbour Fun Weekend, including the launch of Allchorn Pleasure Boats new recruit, the historic ex-lifeboat ‘The Robert’, which will be operating pleasure cruises to Beachy Head throughout the summer.

Eastbourne Borough Council spokesman for Culture, Councillor Mike Thompson said “With vehicles to suite all tastes, this years motoring season starts with a superb array of vehicles – there will be something of interest for everyone and its all free! Once again Eastbourne leads the way with a quality event to start our summer season.”

Magnificent Motors marks the start of a range of free transport events on the seafront during the summer, including Eastbourne Lions Classic Motorcycle Rally on Sunday 6th June, the csma (Civil Service Motoring Association) Wings and Wheels exhibition and Vintage Car Cavalcades at Airbourne from 12 – 15 August and finally the MG South Downs Run on Sunday 12th September.

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19 March, 2004

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