Glamorous Monte Carlo Rally to be ‘recreated’ at Bournemouth Wheels Festival with array of vintage cars

A 1938 Rolls Royce Sedanca De Ville at Bournemouth seafront

A 1938 Rolls Royce Sedanca De Ville at Bournemouth seafront

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A GLAMOROUS piece of history will be recreated at the first Bournemouth Wheels Festival.

The event, which takes place between May 24-26, will see a stunning display of some of the most beautiful vintage cars ever made outside the Pavilion in Westover Road.

In 1928, cars rallied to Bournemouth from all over the UK in a competition which was designed to replicate the Monte Carlo Rally.

Hailed as one of the best motoring gatherings of the era, the first-ever Concours d’Eleg-ance is to be celebrated with an exclusive gathering of vintage cars at the festival in May.

More than 50 prestige marques, including Rolls Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, Talbot, MG, Riley and Frazer Nash will feature among many evocative names from the art deco era.

Bournemouth Pavilion will be the backdrop for the display on the Saturday and Sunday of the festival, May 24 and 25.

Gillian Carr, from Historic Promotions, which is overseeing the vintage aspect of the festival, said: “We don’t want it to be a full-blown concours event.

“It can be a bit off-putting for people and it’s perceived as a bit stuffy these days. Each participant that brings a vintage car will be given a card and we’ve got some fun competitions so they will go round and nominate, so it’s very informal.

“At the end of each day, these cars will go and close the cliff-top competition course.”

Members of the public are invited to take their own vintage cars down, but they need to be pre-registered and built before 1941.

Participants and spectators are invited to dress in vintage clothes.

Visitors can also enjoy a truly classic sight as a number of vintage vehicles will be taking part in a run along the cliff-top competition course.

To get involved, contact Gillian on 01386 840321 or email carrsporting@gmail.com.

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7:18pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

I remember when Hartwells used to enter the Monte with their Sunbeam Talbots and when the Monte started at New Milton.
I remember when Hartwells used to enter the Monte with their Sunbeam Talbots and when the Monte started at New Milton. Lord Spring
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9:07pm Mon 28 Apr 14

anotherfatslob says...

This looks good.
This looks good. anotherfatslob
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