Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival 2016 featuring Classic Team Lotus
Head to Great Yarmouth's seafront on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September when racing and road cars from Norfolk’s iconic sports car makers Lotus will be revving up to star in a seafront wheels festival from 10am to 4pm.
The famous marque is at the front of the grid for this year’s Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival which brings an array of classic and contemporary vehicles to locations along the Golden Mile.
Five famous racing cars from Classic Team Lotus’ stable of historic Formula 1 machines will be on display at Anchor Plaza. They come from a Works Collection of models which drove Team Lotus to 77 Grand Prix wins and seven World Championships. Famous racing car liveries on display will include Gold Leaf, John Player and Camel as well as classic British Racing Green.
The display will be in a large marquee near Joyland Diner along with archive film of the cars and team.
Enthusiasts from the East Anglia Lotus Club will also bring a collection of sports cars from 1960s Elans to more modern models such as Esprits, Europas and Elises, to Britannia Pier Plaza during the event.
A GoGoDragons sculpture painted as Lotus F1 driver legend Jim Clark who won the world championships in 1963 and 65 will also be on show.
Other attractions appealing to car loving “petrolheads” are:
• American low-rider and muscle cars from Best of Britain Cars
• Lotus Carltons and other big Vauxhall Opel makes from the Autobahn Stormers Club
• A Ford GT40
• Jaguar XK8 and XKR cars
• An Austin truck
Visitors can get a taste of Formula 1 track action and pit crew skills with a F1 driving simulator and wheel and spark plug changing have-a-go challenges.
In Great Yarmouth Market Place the Wheels Festival welcomes the Extreme Wheels Roadshow with the Pro Action Sports team and BMX Mega ramp. Six top riders including Keelan Phillips UK no.1 rider and Matt Armstrong will showcase BMX jumps, choreographed routines and a mountain bike trail show – with a chance for fans to meet the team behind the scenes and get posters and selfies.
You can also celebrate a brilliant summer of cycling with a one hour cycle ride around Great Yarmouth using cycle paths and roads that you might not even have known were there! The sign-posted cycle route is open to riders at any time between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 4 September with guided tours available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the day.
Also in the Market Place you’ll find a coaching area where you can learn to ride, improve your confidence while riding and give bike football a go. There’s also free cycle maintenance on offer and free health checks so you can get the best from your bike.
Visitors can ride in vintage style between the town and seafront display areas in a classic 1959 Spratts coach and enjoy a heritage guided tour to the town during their journey.
Admission to the event which will mainly be found near Britannia Pier, Anchor Gardens and in Great Yarmouth Market Place is free.
The event is brought to you by Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Ltd with support from Joyland and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
Classic Team Lotus is the Works historic motor sport activity in the Lotus group of companies. The race shop is at Hethel in the same building from which Team Lotus operated in the late 60s and 70s.
The objectives of Classic Team Lotus are to preserve and promote the history of the Team and act as a point of focus for all the owners of the cars which established the Team Lotus Legend. Classic Team Lotus will celebrate and perpetuate the Spirit of the Marque.