Classic car enthusiasts should make sure they pay a visit to Royal Wootton Bassett during the weekend of 14 and 15 July when 70 vintage Armstrong Siddeley cars will be making an appearance around the town.
The highlight of the weekend will see a selection of the cars parking next to the historic town hall in the High Street for a photo opportunity between 9 and 10am on Sunday 15 July, accompanied by the Mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett, Mike Leighfield, and town crier, Owen Collier. At the same time, the remaining Armstrong Siddeleys will make their way along the High Street towards Calne to visit the nearby Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum.
Every year, members of the UK-wide Armstrong Siddeley Owners’ Club organise a weekend event where they meet up and enjoy a tour of a different part of the country in their cars. This year the club will be guests of Royal Wootton Bassett, using Marsh Farm Hotel on the outskirts of the town as their base for the event. On Saturday 14 July the cars will be setting off from the hotel at 10.00am on a 50 mile ‘White Horse’ run which will include a tour of Lacock, Devizes, Bradford on Avon, and Chippenham.
In the evening, around 100 people will attend a dinner at Marsh Farm Hotel, with Royal Wootton Bassett’s Mayor and Mayoress as guests of honour, who will be arriving as passengers in one of the Armstrong Siddeley cars. Presidents from the Armstrong Siddeley Clubs in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands will also be attending the dinner, during which a presentation will be made from the Club to the Mayor to commemorate the event taking place in the town.
Said organiser Bill Brenchley of the Armstrong Siddeley Owners’ Club, “Our annual tour is always a much anticipated event which we enjoy planning in detail beforehand. We are really looking forward to meeting the welcoming community of Royal Wootton Bassett during the weekend and hope that many local people will come out to see us by the town hall on Sunday morning.”
Pictured: Armstrong Siddeley cars at previous shows