The sun shone down and thousands of visitors came to Andover High St on Sunday to enjoy the annual Festival of Motoring. This was the fourth Festival of Motoring organised by the Andover Town Centre Partnership (ATCP) and was supported this year by BP Rolls Automotive, Venture Security Management and the St Mary’s Ward Councillors.
Over 100 interesting and unusual vehicles were on display from classic Jaguars and Corvettes to Harley Davidsons and Triumph Motorbikes. Organisers report that record numbers of visitors attended the event this year with around 5,000 taking to the High Street throughout the day. Retailers reported a big increase in trade with Barry Price, Manager of the John Russell Fox commenting:
Sunday was an exceptionally busy day for us thanks to the Festival of Motoring which brought loads of visitors into the town. What a great event for Andover!
The Festival was originally due to be held in September but was postponed at the last minute due to terrible weather conditions. Gemma Thompson, from the ATCP who organised the event commented:
We couldn’t be happier with how the day went and would like to thank everyone who came along and gave generously to the Countess of Brecknock Hospice. We’re delighted to have raised over £400 for this worthy cause. Massive thanks also to our sponsors BP Rolls Automotive, Venture Security Management and the St Mary’s Ward Councillors for their support and assistance on the day.
The Worshipful Mayor Councillor Ian Carr was in attendance and had the difficult task of choosing the winners of the six categories and overall Best in Show. Despite tough competition Martyn Powells stunning Sebring won Best in Show.
Festival Sponsor Louise Ellison from BP Rolls commented:
We were only too happy to sponsor the Festival of Motoring, and what a wonderful day it was for Andover! The turnout was amazing; every time I looked down the high street there was a sea of happy smiling people, enjoying the sunshine and the fantastic variety of vehicles on display. Many people have commented on the increase in footfall it generated for local businesses which is brilliant to hear.
Venture Security Management handled all the vehicle movement and placement on the day and Managing Director Paul Howe commented:
We’re really pleased to be involved in this year’s Festival of Motoring. The event was very well planned indeed and the day was a huge success. We’re already looking forward to 2019!