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Great Yarmouth is gearing up for Wheels Festival

NRSA at GY Wheels Festival 2016Great Yarmouth is getting in a spin for the GY Wheels Festival, which will see bespoke hotrods and other special cars creating a spectacle along the seafront.

The free festival, taking place on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9, between 10am to 5pm on both days, is organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Wheels Festival Committee.

One of the star attractions, to be showcased in two marquees on Anchor Plaza and Anchor Gardens, will around 30 colourful hotrods from the National Street Rod Association (NSRA).

Visitors will be able to get up close to the hotrods, American cruisers from the 1950s and 1960s which have been lovingly suped-up and customised by their owners, often at great expense.

Other wheeled attractions along the seafront will include special vehicles from the East Coast Pirates Car Club, Lotus Carltons and other big Vauxhall Opel makes from the Autobahn Stormers Club, plus some GT40s and a vintage Austin truck.

Details of further festival attractions will be announced over the coming weeks.

The GY Wheels Festival is sponsored by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA), Joyland and the American Diner, Active Norfolk and the Department for Transport.

Cllr Barry Coleman, chairman of the borough council’s economic development committee, said: “The GY Wheels Festival is now in its third year and has grown each season, providing yet another reason to visit the borough throughout the season and thereby supporting the economy.

“This free festival is for everyone of all ages – not just car enthusiasts – and we are pleased to be welcoming back the hotrods from the National Street Rods Association, which will put on a spectacular display along the seafront.”

Gareth Brown, chairman of the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Ltd, said: “The GYTABIA is always keen to support events such as the Wheels Festival which showcases something different every year and brings increased numbers of people to the area.

“Great Yarmouth is blessed with many things to see and do already, but the addition of specialist events like the Wheels Festival provides a fantastic reason for people to visit in early July. The vehicles on display are certain to be a huge draw to a wide range of visitors as well as to local residents.”