Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Ormskirk MotorFest 2012 is go!
A FULL-THROTTLE celebration of all things automotive will roar into action on August 26, it has been confirmed today.
West Lancashire Borough Council and Aintree Circuit Club said that the Ormskirk MotorFest, which brought thousands of visitors to the market town during last year's inaugural event, will be held on the Bank Holiday Sunday after the organisers managed to secure a £10,000 boost from north west firm the Belfry Group.
Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for Planning and Technical Services, said:
"Last year’s event was a huge success and proved to be an enjoyable and exciting day for all. With the sponsorship from Belfry Group, this year’s event looks set to grow and grow.
"I look forward to working with Belfry Group and the ACC in order to make this year’s event even better."
The council confirmed that this year's event will follow a similar format to last year's, with displays of classic and racing cars around the clocktower and in Coronation Park, while parades will be held on the town's one way system to entertain showgoers.
Funding for a second MotorFest event was confirmed earlier this year, when the borough council agreed to invest £17,500 and for Aintree Circuit Club to organise the event. However, both the council and the organisers were keen to seek additional sponsorship to help make this year's event a success.
Mike Ashcroft, chairman of Aintree Circuit Club, told Life On Cars that the club was delighted with the news and is looking forward to announcing more details about entries for the event over the next few weeks.
"We're extremely pleased that the second event has been secured, and that we've also got a sponsor this time to help support us to fund the MotorFest. It is a massive vote of confidence both in the event and in Ormskirk itself," he said.
"The sponsorship means that we should be able to do more than we could with last year's event. I'm really looking forward to it."
Last year's event brought more than 200 classic cars and motorbikes into the town, with more than 10,000 visitors coming into the town to see the vehicles and the parades around the town centre.
Keith Rimmer, managing director of Belfry Group, which has agreed to give £10,000 in sponsorship to the MotorFest organisers, said:
"We are very pleased to provide support to this year’s Motorfest. We believe last year’s event was fantastic and provided a great free day out for the entire community".
If you're interested in sponsoring the Ormskirk MotorFest contact the council's support team on 01695 585125.