Camberley Town Centre gears up for the biggest event of the summer

Camberley Car Show 2013 - Paul Deach (18)Strap yourself in for the return of The Camberley Car Show, on Saturday 22 August, there is a bigger and better collection of classic and vintage cars, motorbikes than ever before and even live acts to keep you entertained throughout the day. Last year the show saw thousands of visitors pull up to Camberley Town Centre to see the eclectic array of vehicles and join in the free family fun day. From 10am to 4pm, The Camberley Car Show offers the chance of a fantastic day for motor-heads and visitors alike don’t miss out. 

The Camberley Car Show was initially created in 2012 to fundraise and give support for the South West Thames Kidney Fund. Extremely generous visitor donations over the last 4 years have improved quality of life for those who so desperately need it. Created in partnership by the towns’ Business Improvement District (BID) Collectively Camberley Ltd and local car enthusiast, Ken Bonner, The Camberley Car Show attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all across the UK.

BID Manager, Lucy Boazman said:

‘Year on year, the show has evolved and is now one of the biggest car shows in the South. It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the very best of Camberley Town Centre whilst raising awareness for the charity. It also provides a fantastic platform for the towns businesses, which fund the show, to promote themselves to thousands of new visitors.’

This year the BID team have secured an exclusive exhibition from The Bloodhound SSC: Bloodhound imageattempting to break the World land speed record, this jet and rocket powered car designed to reach speeds of 1,000 mph. BLOODHOUND SSC is exactly what it says – a Supersonic Car. It is supersonic because it is designed to go faster than the speed of sound. It is a car because it has four wheels and is under full control of its driver. BLOODHOUND SSC is a jet and rocket powered car designed to go at 1,000 mph (just over 1,600 kph). It has a slender body of approximately 13.4m length with two front wheels within the body and two rear wheels mounted externally within wheel fairings. It weighs 7.5 tonnes and the engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower – more than 6 times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together. The Car is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front half being a carbon fibre monocoque like a racing car and the back half being a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.

The iconic F1 six wheel Tyrrell P34 will also be within the amazing variety of cars. The show has even attracted the attention of Chris Evans, the new host of BBC 2 Top Gear, who is loaning the town his Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, Another one of the big names attending Camberley Car Show this year is the Brooklands Museum Trust. Brooklands Museum Trust is an independent charitable trust which aims to preserve and interpret the heritage of Brooklands – the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey, in 1907.  Recognisable classic cars will be positioned all across the Town Centre. Jaguar’s, Lotus’, among many more of your favourite names in the motoring industry.

Miss Boazman continued:

‘We’re really excited to be joined this year by such high profile cars like The Bloodhound and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. These cars will help really put The Camberley Car Show on the map –for the BID team, this is really important.’

In addition to the exceptional list of classic and vintage cars, Edd China from Discovery Channel’s “Wheeler Dealers” will be making a guest appearance during the show and will be bringing along one of the more unusual exhibitions – The Outspan Orange. Edd is the multi-talented, highly-skilled mechanic who makes up the other half of the dynamic driving duo that fronts Wheeler Dealers. A quintessential English eccentric, with a passion for cars, Edd is the creator of a number of extraordinary and wacky vehicles, several of which are in the Guinness Book of Records. Highly resourceful and knowledgeable in areas such as problem solving and manufacture, his main skills lie in innovation and “connecting things that wouldn’t normally be connected,” always pushing the boundaries of what can and cannot be done. Edd began pulling things apart soon after birth but it was only following a degree in Engineering Product Design at South Bank University that car re-design became a prominent pastime.  Having developed skills to put things together, he started to create crazy, unique vehicles that stop people in their tracks. The success of Edd’s projects has led to appearances in international, national and regional print and broadcast media and he is a popular guest on TV and radio programmes the world over. His TV credits include the BBC’s Panic Mechanic, and several shows for Discovery Real Time including Autotrader and Classic Car Club; in addition to his role as the ever-popular mechanic and co-presenter on Wheeler Dealers.

Children’s charity ‘Sporting Bears’ will be offering passenger rides in luxury sports cars such as Ferraris and Aston Martins. In addition to all of this, there will also be plenty of live music a free face painting and entertainers to keep the little racers happy too. Programmes will be available on the day for a small donation to let you know what will be happening throughout the event.

The Camberley Car Show is a free event funded by all businesses within the towns Business Improvement District.


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