Cleveleys Car Show rolled into town this weekend - a bigger event over a bigger area - including for the first time children's rides and inflatable slides on Jubilee Gardens.
Opened by Paul Maynard MP at 10am, the Car Show was a busy day from beginning to end, with approximately 400 cars, vehicles and bikes lining the closed section of Victoria Road West and the whole of the promenade from the Kingsway junction with Blackpool, as far as Jubilee Gardens to the north.
Many of the car owners travel a distance to show off their pride and joy, and to be able to spend the day with your vehicle parked actually on the promenade, right against the sea as you can see in this short video clip below must surely be a quite unique experience!
Tens of thousands of people enjoyed a free, family day out, looking at the exhibits and enjoying the entertainment and stalls. Although there was (as usual!) a breeze, the sun shone all day and the crowds never thinned from start to finish.
It was a fabulous event, well run and managed, and a credit to everyone who was involved in organising it. It's a privilege to live in a place like this and be a part of the community which has a sense of responsibility and pride and strives to do it's best by Cleveleys - not just today but throughout the year.
The organisers have done a tremendous job of growing the event year on year, and it's now a firm fixture in the annual car enthusiasts calendar, along with other well known events enjoyed by vehicle owners from all over the north west and even further afield. Many of the vehicle owners left the event asking about the date for next year and wanting to book to come back. The Tameside Car Club asked if they could reserve 40 spaces for next year. They normally go to another show but they prefer to come to Cleveleys instead!
A spokesperson for the organising team said "Even though our event is attracting a huge crowd each year, the car show is still a young event, so this year the funfair operators will test the water with a small fair on the day. We're expecting that after the success of this years event it will be a bigger funfair which stays for longer next year!"
The 2015 Cleveleys Car Show included:
A unique display of vehicles:
From classics to sports, cars and bikes
Full size Replica Formula 1 Car
American and special vehicles
Car and vehicle clubs
Vehicle prizes and plaques
Model aircraft display
Music and entertainment
Funfair on Jubilee Gardens
Exhibits on hard standing
The Third Cleveleys Car Show took place on Sunday 8th June 2014.
The show was opend by Paul Maynard MP at 10am on Sunday morning 8th June.
Introduced by a brass band, Paul said a few words to declare the big day open, before having a look at the headline sponsor's stand, Skoda Simpson, and being entertained by lookalike magicians Laurel and Hardy - watch out for your wallet Mr Maynard!
Paul selected his favourite car for the day, which received one of the awards presented at the close of the day by the Mayor and Mayoress Elect Councillor Ron Shewan and Mrs Brenda Shewan, who were at the show from 3pm onwards.
Other highlights on the day were model helicopters, Salsa dancing demonstration (did you have a dance in the crowd?), brass bands, side stalls, live music throughout the day and a closing church service with hymns - plus of course hundreds of cars.
It was a fantastic atmosphere - the town was packed from end to end with thousands of people all enjoying themselves, the live music was excellent and it was a superb day out for the family.
The Cleveleys Classic Car Show took place on Sunday 9th June.
A great day out for all the family - the sun shone, the high street was closed so that exhibits and people could use all the space - and use the space they did! The whole of Cleveleys was packed out with people enjoying themselves at a great community event that was enjoyed by all.
The event included all kinds of vehicles including classic, vintage, commercials, motorbikes and sports cars and was penciled in the diaries of car enthusiasts all over the North West who brought along their prized possessions.
The town centre was closed to traffic and packed with vehicles and things to do for all the family making it a super day for everyone. Vehicle displays also lined the promenade - quite an unusual spectacle, classic cars lined up on the sea front!
A great deal of hard work has gone into organising and promoting the event and the organisers are to be congratulated on the smooth running of the event. Businesses who might normally close on Sunday were asked to open and get into the motoring spirit by decorating their premises with bunting, having special offers or doing things on a motoring theme.
The first Cleveleys Classic Vehicle Show in 2012
The event organisers had been hard at it for weeks, getting things sorted out and ready for this event which saw the whole of Cleveleys town centre and promenade chock-full of classic vehicles of all kinds for the day. Even the rain couldn't put a dampner on proceedings and the crowds who turned out all enjoyed the event.
Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard opened the show and was the guest judge, tasked with the important job of chosing his judges favourite vehicle to be awarded a plaque, along with other prizes which were awarded on the day.
'We're trying to attract a new audience to Cleveleys who might not have been here before, so that once they've been they will come back again' said Paul Wilcock from Montpelier Chartered Accountants, one of the organisers of the event. 'Cleveleys is a super place for all the family and in easy reach of many north west towns, and we want people to discover it and come back. We've also arranged entertainment, with music and acts on the promenade in the performance area, to really link the seafront with the town centre.'
Cleveleys Association of Commerce and Trade organised the event along Victoria Road West, just one of the things they are doing to bring people to town and keep footfall high. 'Cleveleys is a busy and popular place, and although everyone has suffered to some extent from the recession, we've been more fortunate than most' said John Prothero from Fredericks. 'We need to make sure that footfall doesn't slip and events like this are just one of the ways in which the Association is making an effort to help Cleveleys to help itself'.
Lancashire Motor Vehicle Club organised the promenade section of the event, and their members lined the top level of the seafront itself, making a promenade route with a difference as you enjoyed your stroll at the seaside with a full range of vehicles on display.
With the help of Russell Larcombe from http://www.ukwheelsevents.com/ and Dave Evans from Lancashire Vehicle Club, this new Classic Vehicle event has been arranged as the highlight of the summer season, to put Cleveleys back on the map for summer entertainment.