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Eastbourne Revs Up For Magnificent Motors
Motoring enthusiasts are looking forward to the return of the biggest motoring spectacular on the South Coast.

The free two day festival, which pulled in 22,000 visitors to Eastbourne last year, returns again over May Bank Holiday from Sunday 1st to Monday 2nd May.

Following last year’s success, around 600 vehicles are expected on the seafront Western Lawns including classic and vintage cars, motorcycles, buses, military vehicles and steam traction engines.

Entries so far range from a 1909 Brush Runabout to a 2002 Sebring Healey. Many car clubs have also registered including Triumph Stag Owners, Ford Sidevalve, Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club, East Sussex Morris Minor Club, and with their beautifully preserved classic American cars the Lone Star Auto Club.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “This is a great way to spend the May Bank Holiday for both visitors and the owners of these magnificent vehicles. With exhibitor entries flooding in already, we hope to build on last years successful format and really rev up Eastbourne in time for the summer.”

Organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, in association with the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club and East Sussex Omnibus Society, the event kicks off with a cavalcade of vehicles along the seafront, before the exhibition opens on the Western Lawns.

A vintage bus service will operate between Terminus Road and the Western Lawns, or at the lawns, enjoy a ride on the 100ft long miniature railway, courtesy of Polegate & District Model Engineering Club.

The live music stage returns with a packed programme of entertainment, and new for this year, visitors can stock up at the French Market on the promenade, browse the collectable stalls and enjoy refreshments from food stalls and the beer tent.

With 2005 being the ‘Year of the Volunteer’, Magnificent Motors will also be welcoming charities and voluntary organisations, who would like to publicise their work to 22,000 visitors.

To enter an exhibit, book a trade stand or a charity stall, contact the Events Office on 01323 415442 or visit www.visiteastbourne.com/events.
11 March, 2005

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