Coventry Motofest 2015
The first Coventry Motofest was held in 2014. It was such a great success that the organisers decided to hold another one in 2015. But not just more of the same, a bigger, better Motofest, with more stands and more sponsor participation.
Motofest is advertised as a three day event, this year from 29th to 31st May with the ‘mega’ day being the Sunday. I went along on the Saturday because the weather was forecast to be better on that day and so it turned out. Sunday afternoon’s weather was quite good too.
I didn’t go to last year’s event so it was all new to me. The first thing that struck me was Jaguar’s involvement. Coventry is Jaguar’s home city of course although it does not make cars in the city now. However, it has been recently announced that Jaguar have set up a ‘Heritage Workshop’ on the old Browns Lane site in the city. The plan is to restore customers ‘historic’ cars and also to build new versions of Jaguars racing models. The first of these is a ‘Lightweight E Type’ In this way the company’s connection with the city is strengthened. Jaguar have realised, as did Mercedes Benz (the Mercedes – Benz Museum Stuttgart – fantastic!) before them, how important it is to utilise its illustrious past as a unique and valuable marketing tool.
I don’t want this to be seen as a piece of Jaguar advertising, I have no connection with the company whatsoever; in fact it is one of the few U.K. car manufacturers that I haven’t worked for. The reason I have spent so long on talking about Jaguar is just a reflection of how big its presence was at this year’s Motofest. I was impressed and felt proud, as an Englishman, that we can not only look back upon great achievements in the past but we can look forward to a great future too. Thank you Mr. Ratan Tata.
I can see Motofest becoming a regular feature on the U.K. motoring calendar as Goodwood Festival of Speed and Cholmondeley Pageant Of Power have.
This Jaguar involvement is reflected in the photos I took –
1965 Rover BRM Gas Turbine engined Le Mans racing car
1937 SS Jaguar 100 2 1/2 Ltr. ( note Jaguar is the model name not the Manufacturer’s name as it was to become later.)
1948> Jaguar XK140
1951> Jaguar C Type
1956 Jaguar D Type (long nose) Winner of that years’ Reims 12 hour race.
1966 Jaguar XJ13 (the only one!)
1974 Jaguar E Type group 44 (USA) Racing Car
1988 Jaguar XJR9 Winner at Le Mans (I was there!)
Private (mostly) Owners’ Cars
Sunbeam Alpine seen on the road
Triumph Stag Owners Club Display
1953 Armstrong Siddeley Whitley
1939 Triumph Dolomite Coupe
1964 – 65 Sunbeam Alpine Series IV
1965 – 68 Sunbeam Alpine Series V
1974 Piper P2
1964 Gilbern GT
Modified MG GT
1954 – 57 Jaguar XK140
1999 Lotus Esprit V8
????? Can’t help you with this one, is it a one off special or a kit car?
1913 Ford Model T Speedster
1954 Standard 8
1957 – 60 Standard Pennant
1930 Standard Teignmouth
1945 – 52 Riley RMA 1 1/2 Ltr. Saloon
1946 – 54 Triumph Renown
1970 – 80 Peugeot 304 Cabriolet
1986 – 94 Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi (This car has recently been completely restored by the students at Peugeot’s Coventry based Academy)
1945 – 52 Humber Super Snipe
1966 – 79 Hillman Hunter
1955 – 58 Sunbeam Rapier Series 1
1965 – 67 Sunbeam Rapier Series V
1970 -74 Lancia Fulvia Coupe
Marcos Mantula Spyder
1953 – 55 Triumph TR2
1934 Standard Speedline
1965 Alvis TE21
1965 Triumph Spitfire GT Le Mans spec.