Not all the cars taking to the course are here to compete, some attend to strut their stuff and delight audiences. Many of the cars are historically important, whereas others are crowd-pleasing monsters of noise, smoke and fire.
2019 Demonstration Run
We are honoured to have the Land Speed Record giant BABS take part in this year's demonstration run. Built in 1923 by Count Zborowski, as part of his Chitty Chitty Bang Bang collection it was originally called the Higham Special. In 1925 it was bought by John Parry-Thomas who renamed her BABs. This magnificent machine was powered by a 27-litre Liberty aero-engine which in April of that year broke the land speed record at 171.02mph on Pendine Sands in Wales. However, following a tragic accident in 1927 when Parry-Thomas again tried to break Malcolm Campbell's new record, the car was buried in the dunes at Pendine Sands until 1967 when it was dug up and restored to its former glory.
The Pilbeam MP97 was purpose-built for speed events such as Hill Climbs and Sprints, with a carbon chassis that is optimised for speed and a tub designed to take Formula 1 engines, the MP97 has seen huge success at Hill Climb events. This racing car was the third MP97 to be built by Mike Pilbeam in 2013 and features an ex-Lotus engine originally driven by Mika Hakkinen. The driver Sandra Tomlin has seen just as much success holding every ladies Hill Climb record between 1999 and 2014 at Wiscombe, Harewood, Prescott, Gurston, Loton Park and Shelsley Walsh.
Stanley H4 Speedy
The magnificent Stanley H4 Gentleman's Speedy Roadster was the fastest production car in 1907 with a top speed of 75mph and 20 BHP. This steam-powered car is one of only two ever made and is the only surviving example.
Also featured in this year's demonstrations:
Ford Zodiac MKII
Long Circuit Legend
Monte Carlo winning Mini
Panhard Et Levassor S4M