Organised by the Bedford Regatta Committee under British Rowing's Rules of Racing
and Guide to Safe Practice in Rowing over a course of 1,200 metres on the River Great Ouse from County Bridge to the Suspension Bridge
Classic Cars join Bedford Amateur Regatta 150th Anniversary celebrations
The combined effort and support of Bedford Town Council and the Bedford Regatta Committee have ensured that a central display of Classic Cars and Cars of Distinction will have a cameo part in the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Bedford Amateur Regatta, taking place on Saturday, May 10 2014.
It is the first time that the Classic Car Rally Event, usually hosted by Bedford School with the support of the Old Bedfordians’ Club for the last three years, has the Embankment as its stage, alongside the main event of the weekend: the Regatta’s celebrations of 150 years of tradition, victories and sportsmanship.
The organisers anticipate a first-class turnout of vintage and classic cars, from the unique 1886 Mercedes-Benz unique replica, usually on permanent display at Brooklands Museum, to more modern, yet equally unusual and rare vehicles carrying prestigious badges such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche and Jaguar.
The event is free to the general public, with a symbolic entrance fee of £2.00 to the Enclosure, where refreshments are available. If you own a very special classic car and would like it to be part of the Display, contact the organisers as pre-registration is essential.
The Classic Cars and Cars of Distinction Display has the same timings as the main event, from 10am to 3pm.
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Report: Old Bedfordians' Classic Car Fair
Classics are not just Homer and Virginia Wolf at Bedford School for Boys Old Bedfordians’ pride shines at the Classic Car Fair
Text: Angie Voluti / Photos: Angie Voluti/Aidan Huxford
17th July 2012
Report: Old Bedfordians' Classic Car Fair
Around 60 historics drove through the gates before fanning out in a pretty display on the sports pitch for the school’s summer Classic Car Fair. Old Bedfordians (some younger than others) and their friends came to the appointment, bringing classic and vintage cars, as well as unusual modern vehicles; the school’s Dining Halls hosted a formal lunch for more than 200 guests.
There is, according to classic car expert, Old Bedfordian, auction house consultant and Jaguar XK120 owner Colin Warrington, a precedent for the Bedford Concours: as far back as 1930, Bedford played host to the cars competing in the RAC Rally around Britain as one of the stages, which included a display parade (repeated each year at different venues along the route). The best-known hotspots were Eastbourne, Bexhill, and other South-coast resorts.
Among the rare cars attending, founding organiser Andrew Randall’s 1934 Aston Martin MkII Long Chassis Tourer: the car has been in the Randall’s family for 57 years, and is one of 45 built of that model (around 25 survive in various states of originality around the world).
Mr Randall is fond of recalling one journey many years ago, when the car developed a persistent leak from the water pump. At midnight a stop in the Black Country became necessary to top up the radiator: 'we had no water left, so in went the remains of the Robinson's Lemon Barley Water, and then the five of us peed into various receptacles which were emptied into the radiator. I think we got about a pint out of all of us; not very impressive! But we got home.'
The Aston has started to collect prizes; first in the 2009 Aston Martin Owners Club Concours, ‘Best in Show’ two years running at the Groombridge Wings, Wheels & Wartime Rally, 1st prize at Southborough Classic Car Show and the ultimate accolade: Classic Car of the Year- Pre War Category, and three days on display at the NEC Classic Car Show in November 2010.
The Aston was flanked by a DB4, a DB6, DB7, a Vantage and a Vanquish, as well as a V8.
Across the pitch and over the other side, pretty Lancia Fulvia Coupes and a Marcos GT Coupé sat near motoring journalist Peter Hall’s Triumph GT6 MkII, modified to compete in rallies everywhere in Europe, and third place winner in the fearsome Targa Tasmania tarmac rally in 2008.
Old Bedfordians and Bedford School for Boys have plans to grow the Classic Car Fair into a full-blown Concours in 2013.
DRIVERS’ AND CLASSIC CAR OWNERS’ NOTES:
You may have participated in the Bedford School Classic Car Rally Event in previous years with your classic car, or attended the show before, as a guest. If you would like to have a part in this year’s Display, register your interest by downloading and completing the Registration Form on the website.
Your vehicle will have to be parked and displayed by 9.30am and cannot be removed until after 3.30pm on the day. Please make the necessary arrangements to comply to those timings, in order to make the event as safe and enjoyable as possible for everybody. Classic Car Display Owners and Drivers have free entry to the event and the Enclosure.
If you wish to know more about the Classic Car Display, email firstname.lastname@example.org