Take a look back at the 2019 Event
Following two successful years as the Classic and Vintage Car and Bike Show, the rebranded 2019 Festival of Transport took place on Saturday 20th July in the heart of Barrow’s town centre. The event attracted a wide range of motor vehicles to Barrow’s town centre, with cars, campers, buses and even a steam engine situated along Dalton Rd, scooters outside Salvana’s Restaurant on Cavendish Street, Motorcycles along Portland Walk and commercial and emergency vehicles on the town square between The Forum theatre and the Town Hall.
An early morning deluge of rain was enough to put off some of our exhibitors from attending and we weren’t able to break the 200 mark this year, with approximately 30 vehicle owners deciding not to risk the weather. This meant we had just over 170 vehicles on show in the town centre and they were rewarded for attending when the sun made an appearance from 11am and stayed out for the remainder of the day.
Once in position, vehicle owners registered with the Festival of Transport committee, which had been set up following the 2018 event to assist the Barrow BID Manager in the delivery of the event. Paul Hodgson from the Rymans Barrow store chaired the committee and was aided in the event management by; Dave Coverdale, John Wilson, Chris Smith, Scott Thomson, Paul Taylor and Colin Garnett (Barrow BID Manager). Colin Garnett explained; “In previous years the organisation and management of the event was the sole responsibility of the BID Manager, however, I felt that in order for the event to get bigger and more sustainable, we needed to form a committee to help Barrow BID deliver the event. We sought individuals with experience with cars and bikes who had a passion for the event and the town centre and we were lucky enough to find a great blend of individuals who have come on board. The committee has not only delivered a larger event this year, but they have enabled me to focus on bringing in additional attractions and entertainers to enhance the event for families. The remit of the committee is to make the event fully sustainable in three years, so that in 2022, they don’t have to rely on Barrow BID funding to deliver the event.”
As well as a wealth of motor vehicles, the event also included; funfair rides, various buskers positioned around the town, a ride-on train, open top bus rides, street magicians, street entertainment by Astral Circus and a kid zone sponsored and managed by Rymans and the Entertainer. These additional attractions made the event a real family occasion and the comments received were all very positive.
Put the date in your diary, as the Festival of Transport will be coming back to Barrow town centre on Saturday 11th July 2020.
Next year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than this one!