Four years in the planning, the inaugural Bromyard Speed Festival which took place on Sunday 3rd April.
Blessed with near perfect weather, over 5000 visitors were treated to a truly amazing display of over 170 entries embracing everything from pure race and rally cars, through a selection of iconic classic cars, vintage vehicles, and superb motorcycles which displayed during both the morning and afternoon sessions. Morgan had a big presence as the featured marquee, this year celebrating Bromyard as the birthplace of the original three wheeler. Undoubted star of the show was the Sunbeam ‘Blue Bird’ land speed record car from 1924, direct from Beaulieu which rattled the windows of the town on numerous runs up the High Street.
The Festival got off to a roaring start with Bromyard’s own highly successful race and rally driver Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams cutting the tape at 10.00 am, and then leading the first batch of Morgan cars in his championship winning Mini Cooper ‘S’. Each group of cars circulated the street circuit behind a pace car, for a number of laps. This format provided the visitors, especially the photographers among them, terrific opportunities for taking close up action photographs.