FEATURE EVENT: ROYCROFT VINTAGE FESTIVAL
Roycroft Trophy - Vintage Festival
Date: 8 / 9 March 2014
To take advantage of the early bird tickets go to www.hdticketing.co.nz
event-info-x400This is racing from yesteryear, there are fields of Pre War & Pre 1960 Vintage Sports cars, Historic Single seaters, Sports Racing cars and Classic Saloon/ GTs joined by demonstrations from pre 1963 Vintage Motor Cycles and side cars.
In addition to the racing there are infield displays of Vintage cars, Vintage Speedway midgets, army display, plus demonstrations of the Ralph Watson WW1 aero engine, Steam and Stationary engines and we heard a rumour that a Tiger Moth may also be present.
There will be lunchtime parades and people’s choice awards. In Hampton’s pavilion there will also be a live Dixie land entertainment and a collection of trade stands with antiques, vintage clothing, books, art work and delectable cuisine.
In keeping with the theme drivers, riders and teams were in period clothing and lots join in and dressed in this stylish era.
In previous years one of the stars was the 1906 Darraq racer, driven by Anne Thompson and the Austin 7 Duck now owned by Grant Cowie in Australia was brought back to New Zealand for competition and demonstration. Last year it was the 1915 Stutz Indianapolis race car that came up from the Southwards Museum. It was the first time that this stunning car had been seen on the track since 1934 and it was raced! Other cars with a New Zealand racing history included the GCS Ford and Ryan McDonalds 1923 Chevrolet (2 wheel brakes and wooden wheels), the Northland Special, the Lycoming Special and the newly restored 1950 mid-engined RA Vanguard, a local special that was years ahead of its time, incorporating rubber suspension at the front and aircraft oleos at the rear.
As well as the stars there was some 1930s MGs, Austin 7s, a 1954 500cc Cooper Formula 3, a Jowett Jupiter, a Jaguar XK 150 and an even more fearsome Jaguar, John Ure’s 1958 Mark 7 four door saloon.
For the next event there is expected to be a very special appearance of a notable Bugatti!
This event must be experienced to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, the jazz band and the period atmosphere – not to be missed.
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