Vintage motorcycles display at South-West's largest festival of transport

Vintage motorcycles display at South-West’s largest festival of transport

Vintage motorcycles display at South-West's largest festival of transport Vintage motorcycles display at South-West’s largest festival of transport
The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza, now in its 39th year, will take place once again at South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester. From Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August 2013 the extravaganza will attract more than 15,000 visitors and raise money for local and national charities. The show has grown dramatically in recent years and is now widely regarded as one of the biggest and best Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK. Attracting thousands of exhibits from all corners of the British Isles, as well as some from further afield ­ it really is the place to see ‘The British way of life’ at its best, and in a beautiful location in the heart of the Cotswolds.

The show was originally conceived for steam enthusiasts, but the range of exhibits has grown year on year. It now boasts a huge array of vintage transport, from buses and coaches, commercial vehicles, classic cars and motorcycles through to military vehicles, tractors, engines and historic caravans. A live action arena will be an integral part of the show with interactive demonstrations taking place every day. Our fun fair at the Gloucestershire Steam Extravaganza is one of the finest collections of vintage rides. There is no shortage of thrills and spills that can be found by riding upon the ‘electric yachts’, the waltzer, the big wheel, the steam-driven ‘gallopers’ and, of course, the dodgems.

Smaller rides are available for young people as is a traditional arcade and various side stalls. Hundreds of curiosity stalls should also keep visitors engrossed for hours with displays of Victorian memorabilia ranging from antique sewing and knitting machines and model dolls houses to vintage garden tools and 1940s to 1950s home wares.

The Chairman of the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club, Martyn Slater, says: “The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza is the biggest of its kind run entirely by volunteers and I am proud to be involved. As well as raising money for local and national charities, our aim is to provide a safe and happy environment for everyone to celebrate our unique transport history, in hope that we can inspire future generations to get involved in the preservation of historic vehicles.”

The huge motorcycle display area will include more than 130 models – manufacturers from England, Italy, Japan, India, the USA and other countries being represented. Among the marques on display will be Honda, Yamaha, Harley Davidson, Moto Guzzi, HRD, AGS, James, Triumph, Royal Enfield, Rudge, Baker, BMW, Norton, Velocette, BSA, Panther, Francis Barnett, Matchless and Greeves. The very popular Ken Fox Wall of Death will be included in the fairground again for 2013.
Ken Fox Wall of Death, one of the last original Wall of Deaths dating back to 1929, having been handed down from three generations. Ken’s oldest son Luke Fox and his girlfriend Kerri Cameron are the main riders; together they perform tricks and acrobatics on their 1920’s Indian motorcycles their show culminates in the Hell Riders Race, a high-speed chase featuring three riders on the wall at the same time.

The Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza is a show not to be missed and a great day out for all the family as children can have fun on the nostalgic fairground rides, see the distant Cotswold hills from the big wheel and get their heads in a spin on the waltzers while listening to music from yesteryear.