Vintage vehicles en route for Frenchay

June 29 2018

FANS of vintage cars will get a treat this month as they flock to Frenchay Village Museum for its annual Vintage Vehicle Day.

Taking place on Saturday July 14, the free event is held in association with Frenchay Flower Show and attracts a wide variety of vintage bicycles, motorcycles and cars - all owned by local enthusiasts. 

Museum historian Alan Freke said: "What is on display depends on what enthusiasts bring along, but vehicles displayed range from early bicycles to racing cars, as one Frenchay resident always displays his Cooper Formula 3 car.   The oldest vehicle that we know will be at this year’s show is a 96 year-old Calthorpe motorcycle. Calthorpe were made in Birmingham between 1909 and 1938. Then production switched to Whitchurch in Bristol when the company was acquired by Bruce Douglas of the famous Kingswood motorcycle manufacturing family. No Bristol built Calthorpes are known to survive."

The Vintage Vehicle Show is open to the public from 2-5pm in the car park just inside Entrance 'B' of the former Frenchay Hospital site, at the junction at Frenchay Park Road and Begbrook Park. Free parking is provided on Frenchay Common.

The event is run in conjunction with Frenchay Flower Show, which is centred around Frenchay Village Hall, and there are free vintage buses linking the two events. 

Anyone wanting to display a vintage vehicle, should arrive from 1-1.30pm. The display is open to the public from 2-5 pm. For further details call 0117 956 7020 or 0117 956 6378.

* The museum is normally open every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday afternoon. Admission is free.