Coleford Transport Festival hits top gear for 20th anniversary

By George Henderson in Transport

A COLD blustery morning gave way to warmer sunny spells in Coleford on Easter Monday for the town’s 20th annual Festal of Transport.

This year the event attracted more than 500 entries, 30 trade stands and eight catering wagons.

But as ever, the main attraction was the display of cars, trucks and bikes, some ancient some modern, some lovingly restored and some still needing some TLC.

Enthusiasts from all over the region drooled over the entries which included a gaggle of Mini Coopers, a covey of low flying Austin Healeys, a parliament of rather owlish Rovers, a positive exultation of Jaguars - and a solitary Rolls Royce.

Andy Morgan-Watts of Woolaston, resplendent in Union Jack blazer, made a gallant show in his 1927 Austin Clifton 12x4 convertible, the oldest car in the show.

Brian Bedford from Hereford displayed an authentic Ford Prefect police car and Swindon couple Brian and Sandra Harvey’s 1963 Ford Zephyr 4 will be familiar to fans of the old Z cars as it is almost identical to the patrol cars driven by Fancy Smith and Bert Lynch in the TV police drama.

Mike Wilson’s British Racing Green 1960 Jaguar XK 150S drew many admiring glances as did bright red 1957 Ford Thunderbird which hailed originally from the ‘sunshine state’ of California owned by Derek Smith of Milkwall.

John Waysham of St Briavels turned up in his pride and joy, a 1946 Scammel heavy haulage articulated tractor which was originally owned by Fisher and Ludlow a Birmingham engineering company.

Land Rover enthusiast brothers James and Mark Read of Coleford proudly displayed their brace of vehicles.

Full story and pictures in this week’s edition of The Forester.

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