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Eastbourne’s Magnificent Motors Has A Licence to Thrill

One of the south coast’s biggest free motoring spectaculars ‘Magnificent Motors’ is returning to Eastbourne on 29-30 April 2017 with flashy motors and fast cars that are so impressive they have the James Bond seal of approval!

The iconic Aston Martin DB5 which appeared in the 2012 Bond movie Skyfall is set to appear amongst over 600 vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and buses on the Western Lawns and Wish Tower slopes. Eastbourne’s green lawns can expect to see everything from a DAX Cobra to a Mercury Montclair as the free family event draws in the crowds, with displays open from 11am-5pm.


A-Plan Sponsor Magnificent Motors

Magnificent Motors is this year sponsored by A-Plan Insurance who will be showcasing the Aston Martin DB5 featured in James Bond hit movie. To celebrate their sponsorship of the two-day motoring festival, they will be running an exclusive competition to win a miniature replica ride-on Aston Martin for kids!

Petrolheads will be in their element as the Parade of Motors revs its way in cavalcade along the seafront each morning at 10am to kick off the festival, with a Southern Roadcraft SRV8 Cobra, MG Midget and Volkswagen Beetle as part of the spectacular line-up.

The annual Magnificent Motors festival attracts wide interest, with over 40 car clubs travelling from Sussex and further afield for a slice of the action. The Jaguar Enthusiast Club, Aston Martin Owners Club and Classic Club are amongst the car clubs and enthusiasts attending. There is still time for classic car owners and car clubs to enter their vehicles for the exhibition and cavalcade, with all participants given a commemorative windscreen badge from the weekend.

Just a short stroll from Magnificent Motors is the Continental Market which can be found between the Pier and the Bandstand from 28 April-1 May.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “The vintage-themed motoring festival embraces Eastbourne’s traditional Victorian charm as classic and vintage cars take to the lawns for a weekend of roaring engines!

The jam-packed weekend is complete with a four-day Continental market showcasing sumptuous treats and collectables; it’s a great opportunity to stroll along the beautiful promenade as the Sussex community gathers to celebrate over a century of motoring!”

Accompanying the collection of phenomenal cars is an equally impressive entertainment line-up. The Live Music Stage will feature everything from jazz and blues to rock and funk music with Harvey’s Hop Bar nearby for grabbing locally brewed beer and refreshments in between dancing. Amongst the lively line-up are ‘Hot Damn’, ‘Granny Magnet’ and ‘Zachary Dogwood’, just a few of the artists providing the soundtrack for the weekend.

The annual festival provides a taste of the vintage novelties that can be experienced in Eastbourne, from a bespoke chauffeur-driven ride in a 1920’s Rolls Royce with the Vintage Motoring Co to art deco music venues, hotels and moated castles.

Vintage Eastbourne

The annual festival provides a taste of the vintage breaks that can be experienced in Eastbourne, from a bespoke chauffeur-driven ride in a 1920’s Rolls Royce to art deco getaways and nostalgic nights at the Bandstand.

Eastbourne’s art deco influence can be admired both at the iconic seafront Bandstand and enjoyed with an overnight stay at The Hydro Hotel. The 1930’s Bandstand will kick off a jam-packed summer season with nostalgic tribute acts and themed nights including “Back to the 80s” on the first Saturday of the season, Saturday 29 April.

Wake up in an Agatha Christie novel with a stay at Eastbourne’s clifftop Hydro Hotel, the ultimate vintage getaway which oozes art deco elegance. Continue life’s luxuries with a bespoke chauffeur-driven ride in a 1920’s Rolls Royce around the South Downs with The Vintage Motoring Co.


Take a journey back over 200 years as the Redoubt Fortress unveils the Faces of the Fort, a new immersive experience which follows in the footsteps of real life Redoubt residents. The Fortress opens its doors on 20 March to reveal the lives of residents, from the General who designed the Redoubt to a Surgeon in the Artillery. Continue the experience in the vintage style teashop, The Outpost, for delicious homemade treats and stop by at the gift shop for vintage goods.

Next door, The Pavilion also opens its doors on 20 March to reveal the latest exhibition “Living on the Edge: 8000 Years by the Sea” which tells the story of human occupation along the dramatic Sussex coastline.

The Owl and the Sewing Cat is the perfect spot for those who wish to get crafty. With stunning vintage inspired fabrics available, retro fashion and furnishings can be brought to life through sewing workshops.

Magnificent Motors returns to the Western Lawns 29 – 30 April, from 10am to 5pm each day. To enter a vehicle for display or to find out about trade space opportunities at this event that will see around 20,000 visitors over the two days visit

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