First Classic Car and Bike Festival honours a golden age of motoring

The inaugural Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival, which took place in glorious weather on Sunday 28 September, featured some 75 cars, around a dozen bikes – and a tractor.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the inaugural Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival held in Market Place. Photo: Christine Sparrow

The event – organised by Peter Fitzjohn and Brian Hope, the team behind the annual Reepham music and beer festivals – was held in the town’s Georgian Market Place, which was cordoned off and effectively marshalled for the occasion.
To ensure the maximum variety of exhibitors within the limited space, there were restrictions on the number of models for the most popular marques, with locally owned cars given priority.
With many lovingly restored and maintained vehicles on display, pre-World War 2 exhibits included a Rolls Royce 25/30, a Morris 8, an MG F2 Magna and an MG TA, and an Austin 7 milk delivery van, which was voted the public’s favourite. Joint winners for the motorcycles category were a BSA Goldstar and a Tiger 90.
There were also a fine range of WW2 military vehicles, “muscle cars” such as Corvettes and Mustangs, a Ford GT40, an extensive range of Porsches, and classic British sports cars from MG, Triumph/TR and Jaguar.
Exhibitors and the public were catered for at the King’s Arms, V’s Café, Diane’s Pantry and the newly opened Dial House; the hog roast stall also did crackling business.
The response to the event from those attending was universally positive and will mean that, subject to the agreement of Reepham Town Council, it will be held again at a similar time next year.
Demand for places will almost certainly exceed the space available, so the organising team will be developing criteria for selecting a range of vehicles to best ensure continuing success for the festival.
Local photographer John Tym has a gallery of 75 images available at:
Michael Pender-Cudlip

The inaugural Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival featured some 75 cars, around a dozen bikes – and a tractor. Photo: John Tym

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