Classic car show set to return to Eastbourne

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Magnificent Motors plans to return to the seaside lawns between May 22 and 23.

The annual Free Automobile Festival has moved its dates to the end of May to allow visitors to stay overnight in hotels across the city, once the hospitality industry reopens.

The socially distanced exhibit will cover more than a century of driving on western waterfront lawns – and owners of vintage cars and vehicles can express interest in attending now.

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Featuring classic cars, vintage buses, motorcycles and old engines, a daily seaside car parade starting at 10am will also see a sparkling cavalcade, with plenty of vantage points along the route.

Councilor Margaret Bannister, senior member of the Eastbourne Borough Council for Tourism and Business Cabinet, said: “After a year of numerous cancellations, we are delighted to reopen this vintage favorite to kick off the event season.

“Subject to government guidance, this will be the start of a gradual rollout of many of our events, slowly but surely, in a safe and secure manner.”

The two-day festival is popular among car owners and auto clubs with past exhibits ranging from Ferraris, Maserati and Jaguar to Aston Martin, Cadillac and a turn-of-the-century Brush Runabout.

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A cars of the future exhibit will also include a range of some of the latest electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as advice on how to switch to alternative fuel technologies.

Automobile fans can also expect to browse the food and drink stalls during the festival.

Covid security measures will be in place throughout the event, ranging from disinfection stations and extra distances to one-way walking routes.

Eastbourne’s Beer & Cider by the Sea event, which was scheduled to take place the same weekend, will now be postponed until later in the season, with dates to be announced.

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