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Stratford Festival of Motoring 2019

Stratford Festival of Motoring 2019

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Copyright Mark Anton Smith

Stratford Herald 9th May 2019

I haven’t been to the Stratford Festival of Motoring for at least 10 years. Many years ago, you just had to wonder down the little road on Waterside on a Saturday to see a plethora of amazing classic bikes, sports cars and rods. It was THE place to be seen with your customised vehicle and I remember drooling over Harley Davidson low riders and the odd classic car.

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Copyright Kitten von Mew

This tradition got banned because of complaints from the home owners. It was a shame, but understandable. Now, unless you like to sit in carparks, this car show is the best way to see some of the amazing vehicles that once could be found parked up in town.

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Copyright Kitten von Mew

I saw some really wonderful cars and campers, but would’ve preferred it if all the vintage vehicles had been in their own section. We found a few up Henley Street, a couple more at the market place and then a couple more in another road. I personally don’t want to have to look at suped up Ford Fiestas or the Mercedes posing cars you see every weekend going up Bridge Street. That’s just my view, I know others may prefer the modern or 90’s motors. I would just prefer it if the cars were sectioned into eras or types.

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Copyright Kitten von Mew

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Copyright Kitten von Mew

There was a fantastic American Taxi and some beautiful hot rods at the motor festival, which were jaw dropping. Ive added some super photos by Charlotte Doran Davis, Mark Anton Smith and a few snaps that I got too…

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Goodwood Revival 2012


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Murray Walker and Kitten von Mew, Goodwood 2011

With only 9 days left until the glory of Goodwood Revival yet again zooms it’s way around the track, I thought I would tell you some exciting developments for this year’s show! Revival is far from just classic car racing Catnips, it is a full day of entertainment, vintage and vintage inspired stalls, aircraft displays, famous racing car displays and more!

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Goodwood Revival Party 2010 with Kitten and Lord March

This year is especially exciting for me as they are featuring a new entertainments section called Over The Road, which is more early 1940’s inspired than the 1948-1966 areas that are usually on offer! Here you will find the famous Chap Olympiad (Ok, so they are more 20’s/30’s, but they are also a complete hoot and worth watching!) and Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer who wraps in a King’s English accent over hip hop soundtracks and also pays the banjo splendidly(I will be sneakily trying to catch a glimpse myself as YouTube videos will not quench my thirst for his eclectic rhythm). As well as this there will be other pieces of entertainment in the Victory Street Party, which hosts a variety of stalls, an Earl Grey Tea Shop (yum!) and 2 hilarious eateries/ watering holes named Dig For Victory (think salads and fruit smoothies) and the Spit n Sawdust pub!

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Kitten with Sue O Donoghue at Goodwood Revival 2011

I will be there in my RAF corset doing meet and greets and posing for pictures, so please collar me as I walk by for a photo and chat! I hope to see many regular faces as well as new ones and remember to take the opportunity to dress up and join in the fun!

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Kitten and little soldier at Goodwood 2011

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Kitten and Chris Barrie at Goodwood 2011