MotoFest Coventry launches ‘Heroes Hour’ to honour unsung community heroes
MotoFest Coventry is to host ‘Heroes Hour’, with unsung heroes of the pandemic chosen to take part in a special city centre parade featuring the Ecto1 car from the Ghostbusters film.
The ‘Heroes Hour’ initiative will see the public get the opportunity to nominate individuals who have supported their communities during the Coronavirus pandemic.
MotoFest Coventry’s ‘Heroes Hour’ organisers want to hear about inspiring individuals who have gone above and beyond to help their community. From those who are key workers and NHS staff to those creating food parcels for vulnerable people, making PPE equipment, fundraising or any other acts of kindness and support.
From those nominations, 16 people will be selected to ride as passengers in the ‘Heroes Hour’ celebration parade on Sunday 8th August 2021. The parade will feature the Ecto1 car – supplied by Wild Car Hire in Leeds – and a fleet of American Police Department squad cars – sourced from the UK 911 Cop Car group – which will provide a flanked escort into the city centre.
Following a lap of the ring road, the Ecto1 and the 14 American police cars will then park up as part of the Modern Modified Car displays. There will be a photo opportunity with the 16 heroes, to complete the sixty minutes of the ‘Heroes Hour’ section of the weekend’s festival activities.
James Noble, Coventry MotoFest’s Festival Director, said: “We are proud to announce the new ‘Heroes Hour’ initiative, a new opportunity to celebrate the unsung heroes of Coventry and the wider Warwickshire region.
“The pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone’s lives, and we wanted to honour the efforts of those who have gone above and beyond to support their communities during these challenging times.
“The ‘Heroes Hour’ parade will allow people to show their appreciation for the community’s unsung heroes and also enjoy an incredible spectacle featuring one of film’s most iconic cars.
“We give thanks to MotoFest Coventry team members Craig Hutchinson and Craig Bates along with Wild Car Hire and UK 911 Cop Car group for their efforts in organising the vehicles and the parade. It’s set to provide a wonderfully entertaining and uplifting finale to the final MotoFest Coventry weekend and we look forward to receiving people’s nominations.”
For the nominations process, people are asked to complete the online form with the name and details of their nominated unsung community hero/heroine at https://forms.gle/UUHLHCML6eGGSni58. The nomination should include a few paragraphs about the nominee, including what they did during the pandemic to make them an unsung hero and why they should be one of the 16 chosen to take part in the parade.
There will also be further details on MotoFest Coventry’s social media channels, with the hashtag #MotoFestHeroesHour
The MotoFest Car Weekend – 7th & 8th August – will celebrate both the old and the new, with displays of both classic cars over 30 years old and modern modified, modern classics and modified cars under 30 years old, taking centre stage.
For the classic cars big weekend out, there will be a dedicated display area in Broadgate and surrounding areas of the city centre to showcase over 100 classic vehicles.
As well as displays, there will be a special 125-year anniversary celebration of the city’s famous Riley, car and bicycle manufacturer brand, with an array of festivities planned to mark the occasion.
The modern modified, modern classics and modified cars under 30 years old, will strut their stuff around the Skydome area of the City Centre on 7th and 8th August 2021.
A Modern Modified Show and Shine competition and an evening display titled ‘MotoFest Underground’ are set to be among the highlights for the final weekend of MotoFest Month 2021.
For details on how to register a vehicle for either the Classic Cars or the Modern Modified displays go to http://bit.ly/MFMCars for more details.