Liverpool is set to welcome 175 of the finest veteran, vintage and classic cars and bikes to take part in its first ever motor cavalcade, and is inviting classic car and vintage vehicle enthusiasts from around the UK to be part of this historic procession.
On Sunday 5 July, a convoy of vintage vehicles will take a land cruise through the heart of the city as part of its Transatlantic 175 weekend, to celebrate Liverpool’s internationally renowned maritime history and mark the city’s 175th anniversary of its transatlantic links.
The cavalcade, organised by Liverpool City Council, is part of Liverpool’s ‘One Magnificent City’ seven week programme of spectacular events taking place this summer.
From pre-1905 production models to today’s supercars, the field will be assembled from a stunning display of American and British classics, representing a fabulous opportunity for those with extraordinary automobiles to take part and for spectators to admire.
All cars and vehicles will line up along the Pier Head, opposite the iconic Three Graces, and the city’s first car cavalcade will begin. All cars will follow a route around the city, passing famous cultural landmarks along the way including the Chinese Arch, Hope Street and St George’s Hall before finally ending back at the Pier Head where they will remain on public display until 5pm.
Car curator Dominic Santana, founder of classic car show Auto Historica, is choreographing the cavalcade. He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in an historic event in motoring history, which will bring together rare automobiles and motorcycles in celebration of Liverpool’s unique transatlantic relationship. It is the first time the city has hosted a cavalcade of this scale and the inaugural procession is bound to be an amazing sight. Whether you are taking part or enjoying the spectacle, it will be an event not to be missed”.
To complement this, Liverpool’s Albert Dock will stage a magnificent “all marque” display of the finest classic cars, modern supercars, competition cars, classic bikes and scooters, showcasing the best in automotive history and evoking the halcyon days of British motoring.
The car cavalcade is part of the finale weekend of Liverpool’s ‘One Magnificent City’, which will also see the glitz and glamour of bygone ages come to life as a bespoke version of Wayne Hemingway MBE’s highly acclaimed Vintage Festival comes to town.
‘Vintage on the Docks’ hosted at The Albert Dock will celebrate the fashion, music, film and food that have travelled across the Atlantic over the ages.
The Transatlantic 175 weekend festivities will also give visitors the chance to ‘Eat the Atlantic’ as part of a giant free food festival. Food demonstrations and street theatre will span the world famous waterfront offering a variety of speciality food paying tribute to the dishes from both sides of the pond.