Magnificent Motors returns to Eastbourne

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The popular Magnificent Motors festival returns to Eastbourne this bank holiday weekend.

More than 600 vintage cars, motorbikes and steam engines will descend on the Western Lawns on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1 for the free festival.

There will also be food, drink and fairgrounds rides as well live music by Begger’s Belief, Harry Court as well as Zachary Dogwood and a range of other performers.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s lead cabinet member for culture, tourism and enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “Now in its 13th year, Magnificent Motors has stood the test of time as a great bank holiday festival, just as the Bugattis, Bentleys, Cadillacs, Ferraris and many more classic motors who display at the event, have.

“The fun-fuelled festival is just the icing on the cake of the vintage fun on offer in Eastbourne throughout the year”.

The festival kicks off each day with a cavalcade from the Eastern seafront to the Western Lawn at 10am and closes at 5pm

A four day vintage market joins the festival this year, running from April 29 to May 2 May. Market organisers invite visitors to go in search of collectables and antiques, favourite foods and drink from yesteryear, retro clothing and more at the market which stretches across the promenade west of Eastbourne Pier.

Festival highlights include a 1968 Ford Mustang, a 1928 Rover Open Tourer and a range of steam engines including a 1902 Manley steam carriage, which is the oldest exhibit at the festival. Visitors can also take part in vintage chauffeur-driven tours of the South Downs, courtesy of the Vintage Motoring Company.

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