To celebrate Coventry’s “City of Culture – 2021” status, MotoFest was spread over four weekends from 24th July to 8th August. I visited on 7th August, lured by the expectation of seeing some stunning Modern Modified and Kit – Cars on show in the old Ikea building’s car park. Just as I was arriving at the Ikea car park I saw an Audi RS8 and a Lamborghini Aventador leaving, making the driver’s flipping their car engines’ throttles for the maximum volume of noise. A spectacular welcoming, except they were going in the wrong direction, I wasn’t going to be able to photograph those cars was I? I then walked up the slope to the car park to see what awaited me there. I soon came to the conclusion that other cars must have preceded the Audi and the Lambo to the exit, or, not many cars had been there in the first place. I took photos of the most interesting (to me) cars that were there and you can see them below.

I spoke to Darren Skidmore, MotoFest’s official photographer and he told me of the Riley Motor Club display in Priory St. opposite the Cathedral. He cautioned that as it was now 3.00 pm and it had been raining, the cars may no longer be there. I had nothing to lose and everything to gain, so off I set to Priory St. I called in at the Transport Museum, on my way, to see if there were any cars on display. There were just two, the Lotus Elise and the Fiat 500 Abarth. On stage in front of the Museum, 🙂 was a band that was really pumping up the volume, I had to restrain my inner self from “dad dancing” to the music :-). I resumed my journey to Priory St.; when I arrived I was treated to the most marvellous sight of numerous Riley cars, of all types, still on display and accompanied by their owners. This vision made the whole trip worthwhile, I hope that you agree when you look at the photos I took.

As I made my way back to my car, in the West Orchard car park, I caught some stragglers from what had been a display of cars in the main shopping precinct. As a result of these encounters, the mild disappointment of the Ikea display was soon forgotten and overall, I judged the day a success. I wonder what will greet me next week at the Retro Warwick Classic Car Show? better weather I hope.

Ikea Car Park Display 

1980s Toyota Celica Supra

1980s Toyota Celica Supra

1980s Toyota Celica Supra

Vauxhall Astra VXR

Vauxhall Astra VXR

vausxhall Astr VXR

Nissan 370ZX

Nissan 370ZX

Nissan 370ZX

Toyota Celica GT

Toyota Celica GT

Toyota Celica GT

2017 Dax Tojeiro De Dion Cobra

2017 Dax Tojeiro De Dion Cobra

2017 Dax Tojeiro De Dion Cobra

Stimson Scorcher

Stimson Scorcher

Stimson Scorcher

Mevester Kit Car

Mevester Kit Car

Mevester Kit Car

Marlin Kit Car

Marlin Kit Car

Marlin Kit Car

Tiger Racing Kit Car

Tiger Racing Kit Car

Tiger Racing Kit Car

The DJ for the Day

This guy should start his own dance group he was brilliant!

2020 Porsche Boxster Cabriolet

2020 Porsche Boxster Cabriolet

2020 Porsche Boxster Cabriolet

Coventry Transport Museum Quadrangle

Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 Abarth

Coventry Transport Museum Stage

The Riley Motor Club Gathering

Riley Sprite

Riley Sprite

Riley Sprite

Riley 9 Gamecock special

Riley 9 Gamecock Special

Riley 9 Gamecock special

Riley RMD Cabriolet

Riley RMD Cabriolet

Riley RMD Cabriolet

Riley 9 Lynx four door Tourer

Riley 12/4 Lynx four door Tourer

Riley 9 Lynx four door Tourer

Riley 1.5 Touring Saloon

Riley 1.5 Touring Saloon

Riley 1.5 Touring Saloon

Riley 9 Kestrel 6 light saloon

Riley 12/4 Kestrel Sprite 6 light saloon

Riley 9 Kestrel 6 lifght saloon

Riley 9 Special on a Kestrel chassis

Riley 9 Special on a Kestrel chassis

Riley 9 Special on a Kestrl chassis

Riley 9 Lynx Tourer

Riley 14/6 Lynx Tourer

Riley 9 Lynx Tourer

Coventry Shopping Precinct

Reliant Scimitar GTE

Reliant Scimitar GTE

reliant Scimitar GTE

MGB V8 Sebring Replica

MGB V8 Sebring Replica

MGB V8 Sebring Replica

Peugeot 304 Cabrio.

Peugeot 304 Cabrio.

Peugeot 304 Cabrio.

Burlington Arrow Triumph Vitesse based kit car

Burlington Arrow Triumph Vitesse based kit car

Burlington Arrow Triumph Vitesse based kit car

Customised Hillman Imp Van

Customised Hillman Imp Van

Customised Hillman Imp Van

Triumph TR250

Triumph TR250

Triumph TR250

Historic Coventry

Golden Cross Inn, dating back to 1583, it miracously survived the otherwise devistating WWII air raids.

Golden Cross Inn, dating back to 1583, miraculously survived the otherwise devastating WWII air raids.

 

Nick

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