Chairman’s Statement at 2017 AGM

bromyard speed festivalChairman’s Statement
Bromyard Speed Festival AGM Nov 15th 2017

The 2017 Event

It has been another spectacular year for Bromyard Speed Festival CIC and another tremendous success for the town.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the event this year in glorious weather to witness some impressive machinery once again ‘lap’ our town bringing much needed extra trading and publicity, firmly putting Bromyard on the map in the world of motoring.

How many other start-ups have gone so well and made a surplus not only in their first year but also increased that in the second. It is a credit to all involved. We delivered on our promises again staging another memorable event and doubled our support of local causes while still retaining good funds to re-invest.

Born out of a desire to showcase Bromyard’s significant motoring heritage, this event is unique in the UK – no other closed road event currently has participants ‘lapping’ a town in this fashion.

We also staged a revival event on Bringsty Common. A bike event named the Bringsty Grand Prix which we hope to develop as a separate festival feature.

Again, great organisational planning, financial controls, good selling of space, some good new features, and great weather made for another ‘made for success’ event. Our choice of an early season date once again proving to be a wise decision in a competitive event calendar.

Thanks once again must go to our sponsors and supporters, Mintex through TM Factors, Morgan Motor Company, Holden Vintage and Classic, Brightwells Classic Motoring, Legges, NFU Mutual, South Herefordshire Garages, Retro Classic Clothing and Cleartext.

To our members, volunteers, the local community, traders and local councils, a huge thank you for making this another year to remember for Bromyard. One of the best festivals the town has seen.

The Future

We now look forward to our next feature event – the 2018 Bromyard Speed Festival ‘on Tour’ event at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb. This meeting will offer participants and spectators alike the opportunity to enjoy an unrestricted speed event in comfort and safety within a purpose-built course and encourage a wider audience to experience the thrill of motor racing at this historic local hill climb.

We return to the streets of Bromyard in 2019.

Why are we doing this?  It affords the organisers time to reflect on the format of the Bromyard based event and plan for any revisions to keep the event fresh and appealing to participants and public alike. We want to keep future Bromyard Speed Festivals interesting and sustainable so moving to a two yearly format will help us achieve this and most importantly provide some respite for the hard pressed organisers and volunteers who have worked tirelessly all year to put the event on as well as avoid sponsor fatigue in their support for the event. It will also allow us the opportunity to broaden the appeal of the Speed Festival by hosting alternative events maintaining interest for both participants and spectators alike while still allowing us to continue to support the local community.

GHJ Nov 2017

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