Winchester Auto Fest

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A new charity motoring and music event for the Test Valley

Hundreds of classic car fans and their families are set to dance the night away at the Winchester Auto Barn next month. Rock band The Reason, bluesy Jazz group 663 Squadron and Acoustic guitar virtuoso Jake Morley will all take to a stage under the stars at Auto Fest, set to be held between 4-11pm on Saturday, July 13.

Dozens of classic and interesting sports cars will be on display at the countryside garage, including a rare 1972 Lamborghini Muira SV, a 1967 275 GTB/4 Ferrari, a De Lorean, a 1966 Mustang, a 1943 Dodge Truck,
a 1936 Austin 10 Ripley and a V10 Audi R8 Spyder to name just a few.

Partygoers can sink their teeth into a barbecue and hog roast provided by Broughton Water Buffalo’s Hogget & Boar, while Tipsy Goose Hampshire will be dispensing local beer, gin and Pimms. A French sommelier will be giving free tastings of some of Burgundy’s fine wines and artisan cheeses.

All profits from the party will be donated to Naomi House and Jacksplace, the children’s hospice based in the nearby village of Sutton Scotney.

“The Winchester Auto Barn’s been going for nearly a year now and we’ve got a lot to celebrate,” said garage owner, Niall Holden. “People coming to our monthly Breakfast Club meetings have asked for a party – so we’re throwing one! We want to attract local families as well as petrol heads up to the garage for a fun afternoon out whilst at the same time raising funds for a really important local charity.”

Those wanting to properly let their hair down can catch a complimentary shuttle bus service to and from villages around the garage, which is on the A30 north of Winchester.

It will pick up from the following stops: Stockbridge (The White Hart) 3.30pm, Wherwell (The White Lion) 3.40pm, Chilbolton (The Abbotts Mitre) 3.50pm, Barton Stacey (The Swan Inn) 4.10pm, Sutton Scotney (The Wonston Arms) 4.20pm. Return buses will leave Auto Fest at 9.30pm and 11pm.

Tickets, priced at £10, can be bought from Winchester Auto Barn or by logging on to winchesterautobarn.com. Children under 16 go free.
Anyone wishing to display their classic car can do so by emailing [email protected]

Winchester Auto Barn holds regular classic car breakfast meetings and also offers MOTs and servicing at competitive rates for all types of modern and classic vehicles.