Seafront return for the classics

Classic and vintage cars are to return to the seafront
Classic and vintage cars are to return to the seafront

MOTORING fans can look forward to the return of a fantastic seafront event featuring a cavalcade of classic and vintage cars.

Magnificent Motors comes to Eastbourne for the ninth time on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.

More than 200 vehicles are expected to join a cavalcade which signals a welcome return to the free two-day motoring festival, running from the Western Lawns to the showground at Princes Park.

Last year the event moved to the bigger arena at Princes Park, which meant there was no cavalcade, but this year it looks set to be even bigger and more spectacular than ever.

Councillor Neil Stanley, Eastbourne Borough Council’s cabinet member for tourism, said,“Magnificent Motors really is living up to its name.

“After a successful transition in 2011 the event enjoyed a record-breaking year with our biggest and best ever display of exhibits. The cavalcade is a real highlight for all and it’s great news to see support grow on its return, for what is set to be a dazzling array of motors.”

The festival, jointly organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club and East Sussex Omnibus Society, regularly attracts more than 600 classic and vintage vehicles, including cars, motorbikes, scooters, buses, military and commercial vehicles.

A firm favourite with both young and old, the festival features live music, children’s rides and inflatables, plus visitors can enjoy classic bus rides along the seafront and pick up fresh produce and gifts at the continental market on the promenade.

Exhibitors can enter their vehicle for the cavalcade when signing up their car as an exhibit, with all vehicles exhibiting receiving a special commemorative plaque.

Entries are currently open and businesses and charities can also join in the exhibition with trade stands available.

The cavalcade starts at 10am on Saturday, May 5. To enter a vehicle or more details visit, call 415442 or email