Crowds take a spin at the eighth Worcester Motor Festival

Worcester News: 2014600201 Paul Jackson 17.05.14 Worcester Worcester Motor Festival. Mayor of Worcester Pat Agar sits in a Toyota Aygo. (6302937) 2014600201 Paul Jackson 17.05.14 Worcester Worcester Motor Festival. Mayor of Worcester Pat Agar sits in a Toyota Aygo. (6302937)

GLORIOUS sunshine greeted the eighth Worcester Motor Festival as the city's streets were lined with stunning cars and hoards of petrolheads.

Car enthusiasts and families were able to grab a glimpse of a wide range of vehicles new and old from a variety of dealers, such as sporty numbers from Jaguar to the traditional offerings of the Malvern-based Morgan Motor Company.

The festival, sponsored by your Worcester News in conjunction with Worcester BID (Business Improvement District), was once again expanded, with even more on show along the High Street as well as Broad Street, the Shambles and Friar Street on Saturday.

The event was opened by the Mayor of Worcester, cllr Pat Agar, who enjoyed a walkabout where she spoke to a number of exhibitors.

She said: "It is bigger and better than ever, with more than 40 dealerships on the street. I think it's a great family day for people to come out and enjoy themselves.

"I am just impressed we can put on a show like this and I think the BID have done a superb job."

Cllr Agar also felt the day showed how strongly the city's businesses have bounced back from the floods earlier in the year.

"The floods really did not help the retailers and it has taken a lot of effort to get them back on their feet and compete but they are doing it. I have been really proud to see their fighting spirit."

About 30 of the latest cars on the market were presented to driver by a wide range of local dealerships, with many reporting a brisk trade in enquiries.

Mark Biddle, marketing manager of Westlands Toyota, who were pitched outside the Guildhall, said the festival was important for "creating a presence" in the city.

While the Jaguary F Type Coupe proved to be popular with visitors young and old, with Listers Jaguar's marketing manager, Natasha Tillard, saying the show was a "fantastic" success for them.

Vintage and classic car lovers were also well catered for, with a selection of more than 70 motors dating from the 1920s to 1970s pulling up throughout the city centre.

These displays included rare Rolls Royces, Daimlers and Fords, and historic Austins, Jaguars, MGs and Triumphs.

Live music and roving entertainment added further to the lively atmosphere from 9am to 5pm, with a seven foot transformer dancing the robot rock and dapper British racing drivers raising laughs from upon their stilts.

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