Scarborough Classic-Fest Gets Go Ahead

Friday 21 August 2015

By James Mosley

Former Top Gear presenter Steve Berry has been given the green light to host his East Coast Classic event at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough

It’s been a challenging couple of years for ex TG presenter Steve Berry and his East Coast Classic event, but after struggling to reach an agreement with Scarborough Council, the event has finally been given the all clear for Sunday 20th September.

The event was originally set to take place last September, but the event had to be postponed for “logistical reasons” with organisers and the council failing to see eye to eye of the correct format for the event. To be fair, with the event scheduled to take place at Oliver’s Mount, the UK’s last remaining street circuit and what is still very much a public road, organisers were always going to be facing a challenge with this one.

With the event now agreed and scheduled to take place, it has been agreed that the post war classic vehicles will now be driven “with gusto” around the 2.43 mile narrow circuit. There will be no competitive racing, but spectators will at least get the chance to see some stunning classics driven at speed.

East Coast Classic will be strictly a car show aimed at car enthusiasts, hence there will be no air show or music stage, instead simply featuring a wonderful array of classic cars both on the track and on static displays for motoring enthusiasts to see.

Not content with simply hosting the event, Steve Berry is also hoping to break a world record too. The presenter is calling on owners of classic British cars in a single shade of red, white or blue to join him in creating the largest Union Flag ever with a minimum of 104 cars being required to break the current record. The current record is held by a 150 ft x 40 ft flag that is located at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Steve Berry said “While that flag at Cowes is absolutely magnificent, we still want to try to smash the record by creating a huge Union Jack with as many cars as possible.”

“While we reckon there are lots of red cars out there, we reckon white cars are going to be more difficult to get hold of – it’s only in very recent years it’s really come back as a car colour. If you consider your car to be British and it’s one of the three colours, then bring it along and be part of what’s going to be a spectacular flag.”

East Coast Classic will be taking place at Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough on Sunday 20th September. For information on the event and details regarding tickets, please visit the event’s site at http://eastcoastclassic.co.uk/.

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