Bromyard Speed Festival Programme of Events
Visitors to the Bromyard Speed Festival on Sunday 2nd April this year are in for a real treat! The sheer breadth and variety of motor vehicles and motorcycles participating on Bromyard’s street circuit, is guaranteed to thrill all of those who attend this dynamic event, running for the second time in 2017..
Displaying on the streets will be around 100 cars and 30 motorcycles. From gorgeous classic cars, including the iconic Jaguar XK140, a superb Ferrari Testarossa, the classic Triumph Vitesse, through race and rally cars such as a fire breathing 5 litre Chevron single seater, a variety of race and competition Morgans, seriously quick competition Alfa Romeo GTV, and BMW 1600Ti, a Sunbeam Tiger V8 which recently competed in the Classic Monte Carlo Rally, and many more. Entries are still being received on a daily basis. Motorcycles will be well represented with dramatic ex. Grand Prix machines, together with a variety of superb classic motorcycles. All of these, and many more will be demonstrated on the Bromyard Town’s street circuit.
Although this is clearly a dynamic ‘live’ event, it will be supported by demonstrations, displays, trade stands, and autojumble. Local cafes, restaurants, hotels and public houses will be opening concurrently with the Festival.
And how is all this going to work? The Tenbury Road public car park (Conquest Theatre) will start to be prepared for arriving participants vehicles from 12.00 noon on Saturday, and Market Square will be needed from 15.00 hrs (3.00 p.m.) on Saturday in order to set up Event Control, public address systems and the arrival of the Morgan Car Co’s Factory Display. Our second paddock will be in the Town Council’s Rowberry Street car park.
Bromyard Town Centre businesses and residents who may be effected will have already been contacted with full details regarding road closures.
The main streets will be closed off with linked metal barriers from 06.00 a.m. on Sunday morning (2nd April), so it is imperative that any vehicles parked on the circuit roads are re-located elsewhere in the town. The organisers are arranging alternative car parking and this will be advertised nearer the event.
The event will start around 10.00 a.m. on Sunday morning 2nd April and finish around 16.30 hrs (4.30 p.m.) with a one hour break for lunch.
Each of the classes will drive round the circuit for a period of 15 to 20 minutes behind the official pace cars at a maximum of 30 mph. After each 15 to 20 minute parade finishes, barriers will be opened at road crossings to allow the public to cross the roads, and access all the event features. This will also allow residents to move around freely.
This family friendly Festival offers free admission to the general public. A small charge will be made to enter the participants’ paddocks, and a comprehensive event programme will be available to purchase for £3. As a ‘free admission’ event, income will need to generated from a mix of participant and paddock entry fees, sponsorship, donations and grants, banner sites, advertising, trade stands and programme sales.
The Bromyard Speed Festival Community Interest Company, has been formed specially for this event, and is a not for profit Limited Company, with a remit to return any net profits available to nominated local charities and interest groups.
The key aims of the Bromyard Speed Festival are as follows:
- To promote interest in motorsport and the motoring heritage of Bromyard and the surrounding region
- To promote Bromyard and to encourage visitors to help support the local economy
- To provide a platform for the promotion of local businesses and community groups
- To support other community events and festivals held in Bromyard
- To support local charities and other community initiatives
- To support education and learning of motorsport within local schools and with young people
- To financially assist local charities and other community groups
The area around Bromyard already represents a happy hunting ground for motorsport enthusiasts. The Speed Hill Climbs of Shelsley Walsh, Prescott and Chateau Impney, along with the ever popular Welsh and Herefordshire Trials, Herefordshire Vintage Auctions, Brightwells Classic Car Auctions, Red Marley Hill Climb, Bringsty Grand Prix and the unofficial Boxing Day Down Hill, all represent popular and established events.