A RECORD 40,000 people flocked to Stoneleigh Park for the Coventry Festival of Motoring over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Organisers said the figure was a 60 per cent increase on the previous year with new attractions proving a huge draw for visitors.
The free event at the showground saw hundreds of historic vehicles on display – with 400 of them getting involved in a run through Coventry city centre on Sunday morning.
There were also stunt shows, lawnmower racing, a fly past, Land Rover experience and an indoor Imagineering Show – put on by city firm Imagineer Productions – to pull in more visitors.
It saw giant mechanical creations on display along with hands-on experiences for children to learn about engineering.
Gary Hall, chief executive at Culture Coventry – the trust that organises the event – said: “We are elated with the massive turnout at Stoneleigh Park over the bank holiday weekend.
“This year’s event was the biggest yet, with a raft of new attractions laid on to complement the hundreds of historic vehicles on display.
“The heart and soul of the event has always been the stunning array of cars, motorbikes and classic commercial vehicles, whose owners bring them to take part in the Historic Vehicle Run and static displays throughout the weekend.
“It is due to the continued support of a growing number of car clubs and individual classic vehicle owners, year after year, that the Festival continues to go from strength to strength.
“As always, my sincere thanks go to them – we couldn’t do it without them.”
Coventry Motor Show. 35.014.008.cov.jm3
The weather managed to behave for once and car and bike enthusiasts had a great weekend. 35.014.008.cov.jm7
Chugging along. 35.014.008.cov.jm8
Pristine bikes were on show as well as cars. 35.014.008.cov.jm14
Culture Coventry head Gary Hall talks about the show and the exciting plans already lined up for next year. 35.014.008.cov.jm9
The MX Display Team put on another heart stopping display for the crowds. 35.014.008.cov.jm20
Beautiful old cars line up on display for visitors. 35.014.008.cov.jm2
Alan Ward from Stoke On Trent can but dream as he wishes his car keys fitted this Jaguar F TypeR. 35.014.008.cov.jm18
Thrill seekers were well catered for with a fantastic funfair. 35.014.008.cov.jm17