15th Dec, 2019

Next year's Droitwich Salt Fest to feature a 'celebration of British motoring heritage'

Tristan Harris 3rd Oct, 2019 Updated: 7th Oct, 2019

A CELEBRATION of Britain’s motoring heritage is set to be held at next year’s Droitwich Salt Fest.

A host of classic cars have already been signed up to the event which will take place on September 5 and 6 in Vines Park.

Among them are Bentleys, Jaguars, Land Rovers, TVRs, Triumphs and Morgans.

Simon Berry, landlord of the Gardeners Arms and one of the organisers, said: “We already have a few vehicles but want as many as we can get so we’re asking people with classic British models to get in touch and come down.”

He added with Longbridge just over the Birmingham border he hoped Austins, Minis and other models would be among the collection.

“With all the doom and gloom surrounding Brexit we think more should be made of our proud motoring heritage.

“We want to celebrate what we used to make and what we still make here in Britain.”

Driving instructor Chris Burton from Abarth Driving School and James Ritchie from The Car Lot have teamed up to offer packages for new drivers whereby they get a set of ten lessons when they buy a car.

Simon said the automotive industry turned over more than £71billion in 2015 and employed more than 800,000 people including 169,000 directly in manufacturing.

More than 1.6million cars were produced in Great Britain in the first 11 months of 2016 with four fifths (78 per cent) exported.

More than 2million engines were produced in the UK

More than 70 different models are built in the UK by more than 30 manufacturers.

British owned cars include the Morgan Motor Company Ltd, Caterham Cars Ltd and McLaren Automotive.

A number of other vehicles are foreign-owned but built in Britain, including Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Lotus, Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Land Rover, Range Rover and Vauxhall.

Among the best-selling British-made cars are the Nissan Quashqai and Juke, the Mini, Land Rover Evoque and the Vauxhall Astra.

Anyone interested in taking a car along to the event should call Simon on 01905 770754.

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