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Over 500 Classic Cars Flock To Free Peterborough Event

Peterborough Embankment Plays Host to One of City’s Largest Events

Whatever the time of year, the Embankment in Peterborough is a delightful place to sit. It is one of the ancient city’s most beautiful spots for relaxing and unwinding, despite being within walking distance of the bustling centre.




Picture of Peterborough Embankment



Peterbrough Embankment


Over the years, the Embankment has played host to some of the city’s biggest events, including the Peterborough Festival, Peterborough Beer Festival, river festivals, open air concerts and circuses. Now, it has added a classic car show to its list. 


After a lengthy, hard-fought battle with Peterborough Council, the city’s classic car owners hosted their inaugural show between the 13th and 14th of September this year. Located on the famous Embankment, the spoils of their battle proved worthy of all the long hours of blood, sweat and tears, with over 200 classics attending on the first day alone.   


A Stunning Success


The first classic car show on the Embankment at Peterborough saw thousands of people turn out to admire the vintage motors in attendance, including a truly stunning 1951 Chevrolet Styeline.




Picture of Chevrolet Styeline 1951



Chevrolet Styeline 1951


The show was free for the public to enter, and those who brought vehicles, which were not billed for entry, were given the option to stay overnight and use the Embankment’s on-site camping facilities.


Classic car owners were encouraged by Peterborough City Council to drive their motors down to the city’s famous Embankment. Over 200 classic car owners responded to the call to arms, arriving in a battalion of Rolls Royces, classic Jaguars and Ferraris




Picture of Classic Cars at Peterborough show



Classic Cars at Peterborough show


Entry to the show was open to classic and vintage cars, along with motorcycles, scooters, commercial, agricultural and ex-military vehicles and every imaginable form of transport from bygone days.


The council’s assistant director of commercial operations, Annette Joyce, commented: “The show was a fantastic success and it was great to see such an eclectic mix of cars and other vehicles.


“Thousands of people attended, which was pleasing to see at this inaugural event. We spoke to visitors from as far north as Yorkshire and up from London who enjoyed looking at the cars and the family entertainment.” 




Picture of guests at Peterborough Show



Guests at the Peterborough show


The event had a lovely, family-friendly atmosphere, and offered a host of shopping opportunities, hot food stalls and entertainment from Sibson-based Market Square Group. With a bar area, live music stage, crafts, clothing, accessories and traditional fairground rides, including a carousel, to complete the mix, it proved to be an instant success.  


The proceeds raised from the sale of the show’s programme have been donated to charities East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.


Looking to the Future


Councillor Paula Thacker MBE, a strong champion of the event even before it got the green light, was heavily responsible for organising it. She commented: “There is a strong appetite for classic vehicle shows in our region and we are delighted to be organising what promises to be an excellent event for enthusiasts of the classic and vintage scene.”


Judging by the success of Peterborough’s inaugural event, it seems likely that this year’s event will be the first of many. Next year, make sure that you, too, are among its visitors. 


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