Classic cars head to Retro Warwick stage

Take a step back in time with Retro Warwick and enjoy all things classic at the annual celebration of iconic cars.

Monday, 8th August 2016, 11:34 am
Updated Monday, 8th August 2016, 12:35 pm
Retro Warwick

The annual summer festival hopes to once again attract up to 150 pre-1990 classic cars to a display in Market Place next Sunday (August 14).

In previous years, retro and classic car owners have descended on the town with a range of vehicles from pre-war through to the 1980s parked- up to spark interest.

This summer the weekend will take on a new twist with a screening of classic motor-based films on Saturday evening to help bring even more visitors out and about.

The following day, all interested owners of classic cars are invited to park up and take part in the day.

And Matt Phillips, organiser of the free and popular weekend said he is confident the new format will get even more motoring enthusiasts out and about.

“Retro Warwick 2015 was a huge success,” he said.

“It was our sixth year, hosting over 200 classic, retro, rod and custom cars in the superb setting of Warwick’s Market Place.

“Around 1,000 people came out and we hope to see them all again this year.”

He said that now in its seventh year, the event’s new addition of the petrol-head film screenings is already set to be crowd-pleaser.

A series of short films will be shown from 8pm at Bar Catalan on Saturday August 13 to get cinema-lovers in the mood before the main screening of the Steve McQueen classic, Bullitt at 9pm.

The bar will set up an outdoor screen and entry is free.

The following day, Market Place will once again be closed off to allow more than 130 classic cars to park and create a show to remember.

With space for around 130 cars, organisers are advising anyone wanting to display to arrive before 10.30am and find themselves a space.

The event follows on from summer events including the Thai festival and Folk Festival which help bring thousands of people to the area.