A brand new interactive car show designed to celebrate all that’s great about retro and modified classics is set to take place next month.
Retro Cars Live will be hosted at Rockingham Motor Speedway on the outskirts of Corby, Northants, on Sunday, August 9.
Unlike more traditional shows aimed at owners of older cars, Retro Cars Live is a dynamic show that allows visitors to try out their retro classics on the Rockingham circuit, alongside other interactive, live features.
Retro Cars’ John-Joe Vollans said: “Our aim is to bring together people who love old cars of all shapes, types and sizes in a festival-style environment. Retro Cars Live is something completely different to any other car show in the country – it’s entirely inclusive of all makes and models and anything goes, standard or modified. We’re there to have fun with cars, and that’s exactly the experience we want for our guests.”
Thousands of cars will be on display, both as individual exhibits and club displays from some of the world’s best-supported marques, including Ford, Vauxhall, VW, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
The Rockingham circuit will be in use throughout the day, with a number of attractions including drifting displays from the Retro Drift Challenge for pre-1989 cars, NASCAR displays, a 0-60 Sprint and a round of the UK Classic VW Challenge racing series.
Other event highlights will include a special exhibition of Retro Cars Legends – a show-stopping display of classic cars arranged by era –along with the Retro Cars Magazine car paddock, where the star feature cars from the magazine will have a display area all of their own.
Low riders will also have their own display area, where they can strut their funky stuff in the infield, while a competitive element will be introduced courtesy of the ‘Rate my Ride’ competition, with prizes on offer in a number of different categories. Additional prizes will be fought for between event visitors who turn up in the best fancy dress – with a distinct 80s throwback theme for the inaugural event.
The ‘Village Green’ will form the heart of the show, with an interactive stage area featuring interviews and live music all day long, plus kids’ entertainment, drinks and refreshments.
Fans of kit cars will be able to find everything from the conventional to the wild and whacky in the Total Kit Car paddock, while there will also be a retail area and a cars for sale section, should you wish to take home a souvenir (or maybe something a little bigger…)
Those wishing to fully soak up the atmosphere promised by the UK’s only live, interactive celebration of all types and styles of Retro Car will be able to camp overnight on the Saturday within the Rockingham complex.
Tickets to the show are available to order in advance from www.retrocarslive.co.uk , priced at £12 per person (£15 on the gate), while visitors wishing to try their retro cars out on track can do so for an additional £35. Camping is £7 in advance (£10 on the day).