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Reepham living the American dream for classic car and bike festival

PUBLISHED: 15:20 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:20 27 June 2018

Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival had a special focus on German cars last year but this year’s theme will be American classics. Picture: Dominic Castle

Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival had a special focus on German cars last year but this year’s theme will be American classics. Picture: Dominic Castle

Dominic Castle

American classics will be the stars of the fifth annual Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival on Sunday, September 30 with the organisers urging owners to register their vehicle for the popular event.

Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival, which this year celebrates the American classic as its main theme, is being held on Sunday, September 30.

Now in its fifth year, the event has become one of Norfolk’s most successful car shows. Each year well over 100 veteran, vintage, classic and future classic cars and motorbikes gather in the beautiful market town of Reepham for a day of sheer indulgence for collectors, enthusiasts and the car curious from around the county.

With previous years focusing on Britain, Italy and Germany, this year the festival, open to the public from 11am to 4pm, plays host to classic American cars from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Be they Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln or Pontiac, Reepham Market Place will welcome them all.

The 40s, 50s and 60s post-war Americans felt bold and enthusiastic about the future and they wanted their cars to portray those feelings.

They piled on the chrome and wanted bigger, faster and prettier cars and Detroit did not disappoint, responding with monsters that dripped opulence and luxury. When it came to bikes, both Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles ruled the route, and the men who rode them indulged in the counter culture that saw the start of the cafe racing trend, a trend that identified with a free spirit and the open road.

The 60s saw the explosion of biker gangs, taking the American classics to their hearts, and it is hoped fine examples from each era will come together at the Reepham festival.

Exhibitors will join the line-up of some of the county’s finest classic American cars and bikes while visitors will stroll through a large slice of American motoring history.

The ear was synonymous with rock and roll and, as in past years, there will be music in the King’s Arms courtyard, this year courtesy of the Hal Wrayzer Combo. There will be burgers, hot dogs and entertainment all stolen from an era in American history that marked a huge time of change in the motoring world.

To register your car or bike for the event, contact Peter or Hugh at reephamclassic2018@outlook.com or 01603 871102. This year only registered exhibitors with numbered passes will be allowed access to the Market Place. Once a vehicle is accepted an e-mailed windscreen pass will be sent to the owner/driver.

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