In celebration of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, the District is set to welcome a tour of some 40 special vehicles as they travel around its market towns and villages, stopping off to form a static display in various locations.
Building on the success of the Piazza Italia District Tours in 2016 and 2017, the District Showcase Tour, on Sunday 24 March 2019, will see up to 40 vehicles from five different Horsham Town events form a travelling cavalcade which will stop off in Billingshurst; Pulborough; Storrington; Steyning and Henfield in turn. It will also pass through 3 district villages*.
The Tour will present a truly eclectic mix of supercars, classic and muscle cars, police cars and camper vans. The cars will be a selection of those to be seen at Horsham Piazza Italia during the Easter weekend, Horsham’s Great British Weekend in May, PlumJam Air-Cooled VW Rally, Bastille Day Horsham FrenchFest – a car display which is new for 2019 on 14 July and Horsham AmeriCARna in September.
Accompanying the Tour will be its own travelling band, The Downland Troubadours aboard a 1925 REO Speedwagon from the Les Searle collection.
For the most part, static display locations will be right in the heart of each high street offering maximum opportunity for visitors to support local businesses. Each of the towns plans to welcome the tour in their own unique way.
Some towns are hosting fun activities for all the family such as the Italian market day in Storrington along with extra food stalls and a classic car display by Storrington and District Classic and Sports Car Enthusiasts (SADCASE).
There will be a French market in Steyning with street entertainers and food and drink stalls. A car themed shop window competition will be staged in Henfield High Street.
Commenting on the event, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Gordon Lindsay said:
“This is something special for the Year of Culture celebrations. Hosting unique car events has certainly become both a speciality and a part of our culture in the Horsham District in recent years, so it is very fitting that we have created this special tour this year.
“I hope that many local businesses across our market towns and businesses will benefit from having visitors drop in to enjoy the spectacle and the individual events they have chosen to stage.
“More than anything I want as many of you as possible to come along and experience some of the very best of all our car events in just one day.”
Horsham District Council is working collaboratively with partners across the towns including the Parish Councils, Community Partnerships, local businesses – Premier GT and Pilgrim Motorsports, SL2 Signs and enthusiast groups including SADCASE and Oddballs, to make the tour the biggest, boldest and brightest ever.
The organisers are massively grateful to SERV Sussex, the blood bike charity, who will be guiding the Tour en-route, and Christ’s Hospital School and South Lodge Hotel.
The Tour will be videoed and tracked on social media throughout the day by Silvertip Films and By Jove Media respectively.