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Ilkeston classic car show plans advanced

Posted on July 10th, 2017

Ilkeston car event
Preparations are well advanced for a popular heritage and classic vehicle show that has become an established part of Ilkeston's annual social calendar.

The fifth show organised by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership will bring the sights and sounds of yesteryear to the town's historic Market Place next month.

The free show, which attracts exhibitors and spectators from a wide area, and appeals to family members of all ages, will take place on Sunday August 13 in the square and surrounding areas from 10am-4pm.

Last year's event attracted around 7,000 visitors and so this year the Partnership has catered for expansion of the exhibitors' area to include the whole of Pimlico car park.

So far participants have booked in more than 200 exhibits and organisers expect this to rise to almost 300, beating previous totals.

The oldest exhibit entered is a 1904 car made by the American Brennan Motor Manufacturing Company, which qualifies it for the annual London-Brighton veteran car run.

So far more than 16 classic lorries have been entered, along with classic and sports cars, motor-bikes, buses and steam engines.

New headline sponsors include the Porsche Centre, Nottingham, and Vauxhall Repair Centre, Ilkeston.

Ilkeston car dealership Ron Brooks will again be awarding a prize for the car of the show and there is also an Erewash Mayor's award for an exhibit of their personal choice.

Last year a number of people attended in period dress to match their vehicles, so this year there will be a prize for the best appropriately-dressed owner.

Two special attractions will make their fourth appearance – characters from the Star Wars film in the guise of 501st Legion UK Garrison will storm the area and mystery racing driver Stig will also be present.

Erewash Partnership Chief Executive Ian Viles said: “We are delighted to again be hosting this show which has become a firm favourite in Ilkeston and for people from miles around.”

Roads around the Market Place will be closed to normal traffic. Closures will be in place from 5.30am–6.30pm on Sunday.