Countdown to the 2013 Wilmslow Motor Show


Final preparations are underway by a small team of volunteers to ensure that this weekend's Motor Show is even bigger and better than last year's inaugural event.

Now in its second year the Wilmslow Motor Show will showcase even more luxury, executive and sports cars on Saturday, 7th September.

Once again the town centre will be transformed for the day into a hotbed of high-end luxury cars. Different dealerships will be exhibiting their cars down the middle of Grove Street as well as along the slip road outside Hoopers.

Among the many new cars on show will be the Jaguar XF Sportbrake (Team Sky's official support vehicle), Morgan, Lotus and Ginetta - along with Ducati motorbikes.

Keith Purdom, Chairman of Wilmslow Town Council, will open the Motor Show at 10am by taking the first ride in a F1 simulator which will be located on Bank Square.

There will also be a super car parade featuring 50 cars which will depart from the Boddington Arms at 12 noon. They will travel along Altrincham Road turning down Hawthorn Street to the roundabout. They will then proceed up Alderley Road turning left onto Swan Street before travelling along Green Lane, onto Water Lane and back to Hawthorn Street.

On the second partial lap the super cars will split into two groups and head to the two paddocks, located at Sandfield House (off Water Lane) and the slip road off Alderley Road where they will be available to view for the rest of the day.

Local racing driver Oli Webb, who competes in the Worldseries competition and The Indy Lights championship in America, will also be in Wilmslow for the day with the BAC Mono which was manufactured in Holmes Chapel. Plus visitors will have the opportunity to have a ride around the streets of Wilmslow in a super car, in return for a donation to The Childrens' Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) which provides holidays and activities for terminally ill, chronically sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

Steve Kennedy said "My concept and design of the motor show came from our fabulous Artisan Market, with the realisation that we could get cars down Grove Street in a similar format to the market and use them as an attractive lure to get people into town and into the shops. Its all about footfall into town and the cars.

"It always had to work on all levels, for retail, for the car dealers, for the people, for families visiting and for the town, which fortunately it did, with revenues up in lots of shops from 10% to 25% in some, and deposits taken on several cars. The net value of the show was around £ .5m to the town and car dealers. It was a real feel-good day.

"This year takes the show in front of MultiYork down to Sainsburys as well as Grove St and Bank Square and lots of shops are actively participating. The Supercar parade will be bigger and longer too!

"We look forward to seeing you all there on the 7th."

A number of roads will be closed in the town centre on Saturday, 7th September, for the 2013 Wilmslow Motor Show.

• Grove Street will be closed from 5am until 6pm.

• Grove Avenue, from its junction with Grove Street to its junction with Grove Way, will be closed from 5am until 6pm.

• Alderley Road, (Service Road), from Sainsbury's to Multiyork, will be closed from midnight on Friday 6th September until 6pm on Saturday 7th September.

Access for pedestrians will be maintained at all times and for resident's vehicles where possible.

If you have any enquiries relating to road closures for the Motor Show please contact Diane Smith, Town Centre Manager, on 01625 383771.

Steve Kennedy, Wilmslow Business Group, Wilmslow Motor Show


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Nick Jones
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 at 1:46 pm
Superb !!

Great day last year...... I know Steve K has worked particularly hard this year with his associates to bring this together .......

Perhaps an inviation should be made to the 'Top Gear' presenters........seeing as they appear to be so envious of our great little town. !!

Looking forwards to it
Steven Foster
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 at 4:36 pm
Move it to a Sunday so I can attend. Why do all the good things happen on a Saturday while I'm working :-(
Helen Culwick
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 at 6:11 pm
Steve for Mayor!
Peter Spencer
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 at 6:54 pm
Made me feel very poor last year, will do again this year!
I did enjoy it though, I look forward to Saturday.
Hopefully people can avoid making dents in half a million pound cars this year.
Steve Kennedy
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 at 9:46 pm
Nick thanks for your support, these things are not easy. Cheers!!

Steven, sorry mate, on Sundays Wilmslow looks closed, and even moving the market there wont help, this just isnt a sunday town, yet. it will take a lot of people to change that. It isnt going to happen overnight.

Thanks for comment Pete. A dent happened and that dealer wont come again, such is the fragility of things. They're not here this year, despite promises to give them more space etc. Dents however, and that particular one, could have been avoided with a bit of care and respect. But a show is busy, but hey, a bit of respect and care around very expensive cars isnt too much to ask is it?

Helen, ha ha rock'n'roll mayor on a bike, there would have to be a lot of changes. Im afraid youd have to tolerate shared space areas, bank square bandstand with weekly music acts and performing arts, undercover, and a thriving market, free wifi, and a motorshow trying to put the town on the map. Me and my friends just do what we are enabled to do. You can all make a difference, albeit a one day one like ours.

There is nothing special about what me and others do, we have no secret enablers to get things done, other than belief in wanting to live in a thriving town, and that with a lot of graft, we can change things for a few hours. It is as temporary as that.

I still think, this isnt a Sunday town. I cut my lawn on sundays and go for a bike ride, i sure dont shop. It will take a huge, massive change in attitude and behaviours to change that... Not saying it cant be done, but its graft again..... And people collectively, and the whole of retail, need to make that change possible rather than complain, or else theres just too much finger pointing.

It raises a point i raised 2 two years ago, how do you market a town?
Heddy Ghazizadeh
Wednesday 4th September 2013 at 8:53 am
Great work Steve and the team
Any objections from the "Wilmslow retailers" being on a sataurday or on grove street ?
Peter Aitchison
Wednesday 4th September 2013 at 8:33 pm
Ha Ha
Heddy you beat me to it !
Steve Kennedy
Friday 6th September 2013 at 12:51 am
Cheers Heddy, as i said on the "market stream" the show is quite different to the market, its volunteer run, not commercial. I designed it to run on a saturday to generate vast footfall on that day, that lingers into the evening, with restaurants and bars continuing to benefit long after the show finishes at 4pm. If it wasnt wanted on a Saturday, i just wouldnt do it, my heart wouldnt be in it because i know the buzz wouldnt be the same. Of course, it doesnt mean someone else couldnt do it!

All retailers got a briefing pack with a pre-paid return card again this year (a "how was it for you" card). It will be interesting to see who returns them, and with what comments again.