Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park – On this weekend!

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I love a good car show! Image from Cars In The Park Facebook page.

There’s a really good classic and vintage car show on this weekend (thats Saturday and Sunday, 1st & 2nd July 2017) in Beacon Park, Lichfield as part of Festival Weekend – the annual Rotary Cars in the Park event.

For those missing the late, lamented Chasewater Transport Show, Cars in the Park is is a great alternative with loads of classic vehicles and stuff to do and see – and best of all, it’s free!

It runs from 8am-5pm Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July 2017. If you pop down, why not send in some photos?

You can check out the Facebook event page here and the website here.

The organisers have this to say on their web page:

Dear Participant,

First of all, let me thank everybody that got involved in CITP 2016, we were so lucky with the weather, and what was really appreciated was the car club members and other non-Rotarians who gave up their time throughout the year, some camping from the Thursday afternoon and helping on the Friday with the set-up. As I have said in previous years the Rotary Club members are getting fewer and older and all the help we get from volunteers is really appreciated. If you want to volunteer please contact me via the contact section of the website. Remember that we don’t charge you to attend and all funds we raise go to charity, a total of over £250,000 since the event started some 20 years ago. Our thanks must also go the members of the Lichfield Round Table who helped us with marshalling and the Lichfield Round Table Football Club whose members help us with the website, bookings and the clearing up afterwards, and of course the Lions clubs that look after parking.  We are also hoping this year to have more commercials along with military, PSV and motorcycles so if you own one of these vehicles please let us know, you will be very welcome.

In 2016 we had the Midlands Air Ambulance as our chosen charity collecting over the weekend and again our President has asked them to be our main charity for 2017, so please give generously. Last year they raised over £11,000 – let’s make it £20,000 this year to mark the 20th event. We are very fortunate that we have support from the Lichfield Mercury and associated newspapers, and from our Main Dealer friends without this there would be no show.

There will be no charge for single entries and no need to book just arrive on the day, please note you have to be onsite by 11 am as no admittance can be given to the main field after that time.  Please also be aware we will not accept the loud playing of music from car audio systems or the revving of stationary car engines.

We are pleased to welcome Lichfield and Rugeley Lions clubs who this year are looking after the parking for us. There is a charge of £5.00 on the Saturday and £5.00 on the Sunday.

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Image from Cars in the Park.

Catering will be similar to previous years and there will be security on the Friday and Saturday night. We thank Strongs Plastics for donating the cost of the sound system and this year on the Sunday we have displays from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and Staffordshire Ambulance Service. Depending on operational needs we also may have a flypast from one of the Helicopters from Midlands Air Ambulance. We are also hoping for a display from a Spitfire, this is again subject to operational requirements and air traffic control on the day.

For those joining us as visitors on the Saturday and Sunday there is no charge for admittance but there is a charge for parking (we have to make a charge to cover the costs of the hire of the park and toilets, insurance etc.). There will be a separate Disabled Parking area please ask the marshals for directions.

Once again, we hope to have a large variety of stalls available over the weekend, there will be a Rotary stand at the event and if you are interested in joining us please feel free to come and have a chat.

The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad would like to thank all our sponsors for their help, and please remember everything raised goes to Charity, we don’t charge so please give freely to the collectors on the park and lets raise £20,000 for your Air Ambulance.

Ian Hodgson
Cars in the Park Chairman

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