GLOUCESTERSHIRE EXTRAVAGANZA

GLOUCESTERSHIRE EXTRAVAGANZA

Posted by Matt Bell on 26th July 2019

The first weekend in August (2-4) will see the Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club (SVTEC) stage its Annual Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza at South Cerney Airfield in Cirencester.

Now in its 45th year, the sprawling show will cover around 200 acres and features something for everyone, whether its vintage, steam-powered, classic or commercial. Over 1000 vehicles and 30 clubs will be in attendance, showcasing everything from a 1904 CGV Talbot through to modern supercars, with a host of family favourites in-between.

Attractions include Frank Sinatra’s Zimmer Golden Spirit making its UK debut, together with a host of great pre-’72 American classics. You’ll also find fascinating barn finds and restoration projects, plus a commercial vehicle section that pays tribute to the unmodified Land Rover in its various forms. Indeed, commercials are a huge part of the show, with a record number of over 300 examples set to span eight decades.

Aside from cars and commercials you’ll also find 300 classic motorbikes and scooters, 70 bicycles from 1892-1980, 30 miniature steam engines, 80 stationary engines, 70 full-size steam engines, 200 tractors, over 70 buses and coaches, 130 military vehicles, 50 vintage caravans and over 50 model aircraft. Other show highlights include the Ken Fox Wall of Death, which is new for 2019, plus a 75th anniversary tribute to Glenn Miller performing at Cirencester in August 1944.

There’s also free admission for WWII veterans, a massive trade zone, excellent food and drink, the Live Action and Countryside arenas, a vintage fun fair and a dog show.  You can even enjoy free vintage bus rides around the showground on all three days.

The Extravaganza is run entirely by volunteers, and raises money for charitable causes. It’s open daily from 10am-5pm, with adult tickets from £7 each and junior entry from £4 (under 5s go free). For further show information and tickets, visit www.glosvintageextravaganza.co.uk.