Organisers gear up for biggest Gloucestershire Motor Show yet

Plans for the Gloucestershire Motor Show are getting into gear this summer as it promises to be the biggest yet. Organisers are doubling the size of the motoring extravaganza which is set up to be one of the biggest family-friendly events on Gloucestershire's calendar this year.

Children's charity, The Pied Piper Appeal, has already arranged to take on extra acreage at Highnam Court to fit in a mass of vehicles of every era and type. While there promises to be a plethora of games and activies for the family, petrol heads of every disposition will not be feeling shortchanged this year, with three separate arenas set up for different vehicles.

In one there will be modern motors from well-known brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Skoda and Vauxhall. Another section will transport you back in time with more than 200 classical vehicles already booked to visit on Saturday, June 6 and the following Sunday. In addition a brand new section will be introduced this for those who like their motors on two wheels.

This year Jason Metivier from Performance Triumph Cheltenham and Tim Richards from Harley Davidson Motorcycles in Cheltenham are heading up the biking area. The pair have issued an open invitation to anyone who owns a classic or custom bike or scooter to bring it along to the show over the weekend and they will receive free entry.

All three sections of the armed forces will be sending along cadets to the event as will a Dolly Parton tribute act in the event's fifth year. Visitors will also have the chance to pay to take a ride in a Ferrari F458 as well as other vehicles on the day.

Along with the usual stalls selling food, cakes, toys, games and drink, families can enjoy 45 acres of gardens at the court. Zorbing, fun golf and a Punch and Judy show are also planned. Chairman of the event, Nick Broady, said that considering it was all organised by volunteers from the charity, it was an amazing achievement.

"Things are coming together nicely," he said. "There's been massive interest, we're still getting entries coming in. This year it will be bigger than ever before and there's going to be something for everybody, not just cars." Backed by the Gloucester Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo, the show takes place over the weekend of June 6 and 7 and raises thousands for The Pied Piper Appeal, a charity which supports sick children in Gloucestershire.

The motor show is one of three summer events planned to raise money for the charity, alongside the Gloucestershire Summer Fayre and Gloucestershire Classic Show.

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