Motoring at The Manor (MATM) is a brand new and exciting celebration of automotive culture, being held within the scenic and award-winning Celtic Manor Resort, located near the now-toll free Severn Bridge in Newport, South Wales; quickly and easily accessible for a large proportion of the British population, with London typically just 90 minutes away by car, for example.
The inaugural MATM, being held on Father’s Day – Sunday 16th June – will be a gala of speed, elegance, motoring excellence and performance. This new feast for all the senses at the breath-taking Celtic Manor Resort will see exciting action with a series of competition, road and rally cars tackling the Manor’s twisting and challenging internal road network – including its distinctive landmark bridge over the River Usk – with these magnificent machines being driven to new heights and testing the limits by some leading drivers.
Away from the dynamic action of the Celtic Manor track, MATM will also offer visitors the chance to get up close and personal with an extensive displays of static vehicles, plus an extensive array of other attractions and entertainment, including interviews with motor racing and rally personalities, as well as competitions and live music, to create a luxurious and memorable summer garden party atmosphere, surrounded by the beautiful rolling valleys of the Vale of Usk.
Dedicated vehicle displays will include zones to admire jaw-dropping supercars and hypercars, as well as a broad selection of classic cars and car clubs, plus an extensive array of rally cars and circuit competition racers, with demonstration drives available to MATM visitors.
A comprehensive range of rally cars will include early-era classics such as Mini Coopers, Ford Escorts and Saab 96s, through to a 1970s Lancia Stratos, Datsun 240Z, Alpine A110 Berlinette and Ford Escort RS1800s, via fearsome 1980s Group B Audi Quattro, Mazda RX-7 and MG Metro 6R4s, and on to exciting modern rally weapons, including Subaru Imprezas, Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X and Ford Fiestas.
Various disciplines of tarmac-munching competition cars at MATM will include single-seater racers, plus Formula 1, Touring Cars, Can Am, historic competition cars and mighty Group C endurance racers, including Le Mans legends, the latter to coincide with the fabled race coming to a head during MATM, which will be screened live at the Celtic Manor during the event for spectators to enjoy whilst enjoying an alfresco feast on the tranquil Welsh lawns.
An impressive gathering of supercars and hypercars looks set to include ultimate exotica by Pagani, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche and others, whilst classic cars will make MATM visitors nostalgic with a rich pallet older Aston Martins, MGs, Fords, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, Bentley, Lotus, Triumph and so on.
These special display areas will be joined by a world-class Concours d’Elégance, with five carefully selected Concours classes, devoted to the following:
–Welsh Wizardry – Welsh-built Wheels (examples of Gilbern, Davrian, River Simple, etc.)
–Le Mans – Road Going Racers (Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Ford, Chevrolet, etc.)
-Citroen – a Century of Avant Garde Chic (Traction Avant, DS, SM, 2CV, etc.)
-Pre-War Sporting Machines – Vintage Vogue (Bugatti, Aston Martin, Alvis, Lagonda, Vauxhall, etc.)
-Shooting Breaks – Combining Pace with Space (Aston Martin, Jaguar, Maserati, Ferrari, etc.)
Introducing Motoring at the Manor, Tim Nash, CEO of Classic & Competition Car Events Ltd which is staging the MATM event in partnership with Celtic Manor, says: “We are very excited to be bringing some breath-taking vehicles to Wales and putting on an event that has something for everyone. It will be a superb day out whether you are a serious petrol head or a family looking for a great day out for Father’s Day.”
Celtic Manor Resort Chief Executive Ian Edwards adds: “Motoring at the Manor will be a fantastic addition to our summer events and we look forward to seeing the polo ponies make way for some fantastic cars and leading personalities from the world of motoring.”
For the inaugural MATM, Mission Motorsport has been chosen the event’s official charity partner, with all monies raised from the demonstration drive experience going to this worthy cause.
Ben Williams, Mission Motorsport Corporate Fund Raiser, says: “We are delighted to be the official charity partner for this impressive new event, not only is it going to be an incredible showcase of the great and good from the motoring industry but should also be a wonderful family day out. As a charity we are wholly dependent on third party support to continue our work; doing more, for more. We’ll be there at the event raising awareness and funds for the work we do to help ex-service men and women recover and retrain to rebuild their lives within the automotive and wider engineering sector.”
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