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Motoring fans set for Yeovil Automotive Spectacular

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: June 29, 2012

FINE VINTAGE: Les Thomas with his 1914 Sunbeam Cabriolet, the only car of its kind, which he is exhibiting at the Automotive spectacular this weekend

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Classic car owners in south Somerset are gearing up for the Yeovil Automotive Spectacular this Saturday.

The event organised by the Yeo Vale Rotary Club in association with the Western Gazette will see between 200 and 300 cars and motorcycles from throughout the decades arriving in the town for the display.

The show plans to feature a number of rare sights.

Les Thomas of Yeovil will be exhibiting his 1914 maroon coloured Sunbeam Cabriolet, the only one of its kind specially made by the company for its first owner, a Midlands industrialist.

Mr Thomas said: “This car is a real showpiece and I thought it would be particularly suitable for the show. It will possibly be the oldest car at the event.”

Mr Thomas, owner of the Veteran and Vintage Transport workshop in the town, owns a collection of classic cars and has been exhibiting at shows for years.

He said: “I think the show is a great idea and I would really like to see it get going. I’d love to see it become an annual event and hope that in some ways it can replace the Festival of Transport which used to take place in the town some years ago.”

Visitors will also be treated to displays from the sky.

Richard Pither of Yeovil is organising a fly past by a Percival Provost T1 training aircraft. It was built in 1955 and is still used to train pilots who fly the historic plane at RNAS Yeovilton.

The Provost, privately owned by a RNAS Yeovilton flight club member, is set to soar over crowds at the show at 1.30pm, weather permitting, and perform aerobatics.

Mr Pither said: “Visitors will definitely hear the plane, it’s quite noisy.”

Midwest Radio, now known as The Breeze following its re-launch on Monday, will be in attendance with breakfast show DJ Scott Temple entertaining the crowds.

The spectacular show will take place at the Ivel Barbarians Rugby Club and features trade stands from motor retailers and independent exhibitors. Other attractions include a quad bike track for children aged between 5 and 12, and live musical entertainment by local band Storm.

The spectacular includes exhibitions from Yeovil Car Club, the Association of Healey Owners, Midget and Sprite Club, Southern Milestone Motor Club, Somerset and District Car Club, Saab Owners Club of Great Britain and Yeovil Freewheelers.

The event will feature displays of the latest models on sale and confirmed motor exhibitors include AKS Renault, Taunton Jaguar, Carshop, Ash Honda, Motorwell, Somerset County Cars, West Country Cars, Yeovil Audi, Howards Peugeot, and Astley Saab/SsangYong.

Organiser Barrie Carter is still keen for more individual car and motorcycle exhibitors to come forward.

All money raised by the event will be split between the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and other Rotary charities.

Competitively-priced stalls are available for independent traders and craft producers, for more details contact Mel Crisp at the Western Gazette on 01935 709707.

Entry costs £5 for adults with accompanied children under 16 years old getting in for free. The show is open to the general public from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

Free parking is provided at Yeovil Showground. To register to bring a classic car or trade stand go to www.automotivespectacular.co.uk.

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