Founded by TF Watson in 1912, Watsonian has survived two world wars, the Great Depression of 1929 and a devastating factory fire in 1930. Today the company still makes Great British sidecars in the Heart of England, exporting across the globe.
Both the Warwick and Stareton exhibition halls at Stoneleigh will be packed with attractions, including historic sidecars like Eric Oliver’s world championship winning Norton, the Brough outfit that starred in the hit 1970’s sitcoms George and Mildred and Dad’s army and a prototype Watsonian 1000cc v-twin motorcycle combination from 1950.
Star guests include Isle of Man TT racers Dave Molyneux and Tim Reeves, who will bring their racing outfits with them; Mick Boddice and sidecar speed record holder Norman Hyde will be there too.
Among the many other attractions are the company archives, driving skills test, sidecar trials display, prizes for Best in Show (whatever the make), trade stands and an opportunity to test ride Royal Enfield motorcycles, which have been distributed by Watsonian since 1999.
Camping is available on site for anyone planning to stay for the weekend. On Saturday evening there will be entertainment with a live band and bar selling a special centenary ale.
Tickets for the weekend cost £10 per person in advance; day tickets will only be available on the Sunday and can be purchased at the gate for £5. Children under 16 go free and parking is also free For more information on the Centenary Rally call 01386 700907 or visit www.watsonian-squire.com.