A Review of MotoFest in 2021
We have had a very busy and exciting year despite Covid with the adaption to our main motoring festival and many other automotive themed events.
Coventry Moves – City of Culture’s Opening Event
The first event for MotoFest in 2021 was supporting Coventry UK City of Culture with their opening event. This saw residents, artists and professionals all coming together to deliver an extravaganza of everything Coventry.
You, Club MotoFest, came out in force to support and show the variety of Coventry designed and manufactured vehicles to highlight ‘People Power’ within the city’s roots, supported by Ska, Irish and Bhangra dancers performing along the route.
MotoFest Month 2021
With the ever changing Covid restrictions and the need to keep all of our team and audience safe, we switched up our traditional motoring festival into separate weekends spread out over a month during summer 2021.
Our first weekend save the launch of Our Future Moves, a year of Transport Innovation highlighted with an exhibition within the Coventry Transport Museum. This project not only helps our city and region to continually be the leaders in automotive development, but helps MotoFest highlight the future outlook of our three perspectives (Past, Present and Future).
Were you able to visit the Our Future Moves exhibition? If not, you can still visit the online Our Future Moves exhibition here.
Motorcycles at MotoFest Month 2021
Weekend two saw the roar of hundreds of Motorcycles ride once more into Coventry City Centre after a scenic ride in from Coombe Abbey taking in the beauty of the South Warwickshire countryside.
Once in Coventry, our riders helped fill the new City of Culture event space – Assembly Festival Gardens. We saw individuals, clubs and small businesses all thriving under the newly released Covid restrictions.
We also welcomed the return of the Fox Family Wall of Death which wowed visitors with their death defying stunts. Alongside, MotoFest Team member Paul Malin, taking on the challenge of the Wall of Death for the first time ever, to raise money for some incredible charities! Read more about this here.
Coventry Concours at MotoFest Month 2021
MotoFest Month 2021 saw the first physical Coventry Concours competition, after the event had to go digital in 2020.
Coventry Concours is an authentic Coventry take on the traditional Concours D’Elegance format.
The event began with all participating vehicles driving through the City Centre, before parking up on display in the world-famous Coventry Cathedral ruins as part of the two-day extravaganza. We had an esteemed panel of judges who reviewed all the vehicles, why not check out who our Concours winners were here.
Drive Ins at MotoFest Month 2021
During the final week of MotoFest Month 2021, we hosted a variety of Drive In events including a cinema experiences to celebrate Coventry, as City of Culture. Featuring the BBC Four documentaries, Classic British Cars: Made in Coventry and Coventry Cathedral: Building for a New Britain.
We were then joined by families to honour our love of all things automotive with the showings of two iconic films – Disney’s Cars and Blues Brothers.
Finally, for one night only, we hosted a live stage show packed with awesome music, guest interviews and plenty of laughs, plus appearances from the Riley Car Club and Victor Riley, grandson of the firm’s founder William Riley.
MotoFest Car Weekend at MotoFest Month 2021
The final weekend of MotoFest Month 2021 saw Broadgate, in the centre of the city became a showcase for classic Bentleys, Daimlers, Lotuses and many more famous marques, including some fine examples of the city’s most iconic motoring marvel – the Jaguar e-type.
The car clubs and individual enthusiasts had driven from as far afield as Manchester and the South of England, all drawn to Coventry by the clarion call of MotoFest’s annual homage to the city’s motoring heritage.
Just a short stroll from Broadgate, Coventry marque Riley celebrated its 125-year anniversary with a display of vehicles that showcased its own rich automotive history outside Coventry Cathedral
Alongside the classic metal on display in the city, there was also plenty of high octane, turbo charged car fun for the modern, motoring enthusiasts. The Modern Modified, modern classics and modified cars under 30 years old, took part in a Modern Modified display in the former Ikea car park.
Heroes Hour Parade at MotoFest Month 2021
On the final day, MotoFest celebrated the local unsung heroes of the pandemic, as 15 individuals took part in a special ‘Heroes Hour’ vehicle parade. The community heroes were taken on a tour of Coventry in a vehicle parade featuring Ecto1 the famous converted American ambulance from the Ghostbusters film escorted by an array of American Police cars and a military vehicle of the type featured in Ghostbusters.
Our Future Moves Events
After an adrenaline fuelled summer, the team turned their attention to the future view of MotoFest. We joined with Coventry and West Midlands based partners to host a series of Our Future Moves outdoor events highlighting the amazing technologies and innovations we have available right now in our city and region.
With trial areas, local businesses on display and not forgetting breakfast being served by Esquires. We saw Millennium Place, come to life with bicycles, e scooters, classic cars, electric vehicles and motorcycles showing us a glimpse of how our future streets might look.
Christmas Carols Under the Arches
The final event for MotoFest this year, has been our much loved Christmas Carols Under the Arches.
Back by popular demand, we adapted our previous Drive In only format to allow for a standing audience too. Partnering with our friends at Jubilee Church and City Church we were able to host two memorable evenings of Christmas fun and music.
Looking forward to 2022
As we look forward to 2022, the team at MotoFest Coventry are deep into planning and finalising the dates and details of our main festival in summer 2022. We will also be running a series of exclusive and early access Club MotoFest events.
Find out the latest on all this and more by following us on social media using the buttons below and catch our first Club MotoFest News of 2022 on 26th January.
Until then, heres to a Happy and Healthy New Year!