THE Beaulieu’s Custom and Hot Rod Festival is being staged on Father’s Day, Sunday June 16.
It features the Custom Car Show, in association with Victory Wheelers, as well as the Custom Motorcycle Show, also taking place over the weekend.
On the Sunday, anyone owning a Hot Rod, Custom or Classic American car or motorcycle can drive to Beaulieu and display their vehicle alongside hundreds of others in the beautiful grounds of the National Motor Museum.
Europe’s first dragster, Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler, will be on display in the grounds alongside Andy Robinson Race Cars’ Pro Mod 1969 Camaro and both will be firing up at intervals to demonstrate their engine power.
The Allard Chrysler, which is owned by the National Motor Museum Trust, has been fully restored by a group of enthusiasts, the Allard Chrysler Action Group (ACAG), in a very successful five-year project.
All custom vehicles at the Festival will have the opportunity to win one of the Beaulieu awards in categories including Best Hot Rod, Best Chopper, Best American and Best in Show. Each winner will take part in a cavalcade around the grounds.
The Custom Motorcycle Show taking place on Saturday and Sunday, promoting engineering excellence and celebrating the wonderful world of custom and modified motorcycles, will be making a welcome return to Beaulieu as part of the Festival. This show gives visitors a rare opportunity to view a unique collection of stunning custom bikes and check out the bike-related trade stands in and around the Grand Marquee.
As part of the show, a UK affiliate round of the AMD World Championships will be taking place, with the winner being invited to attend the Grand Finals of the World Championships in Essen, Germany in May 2014.
Admission to the Festival includes entry to the whole Beaulieu attraction, which features the National Motor Museum, Bond in Motion exhibition, World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House and the grounds and gardens, plus unlimited rides on the high-level monorail and open-topped veteran London bus.
On-the-day ticket prices for those participating in the Sunday Drive-In with a custom vehicle are £10 per adult. One child will receive free entry when accompanied by a paying adult, and any additional children will be charged £5 each.
Those wishing to visit the Sunday event as spectators should buy normal Beaulieu attraction tickets on the day from Visitor Reception. Or why not take advantage of a special discounted rate for advance tickets for both participants and spectators, available online at http://www.beaulieushop.co.uk or on ticket line 01590 612888.
To find out more about weekend tickets visit http://www.beaulieucustomfestival.co.uk