One of the highlights for us this summer was the Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair. In addition to being the main sponsors of the event, Invicta were also asked to organise the classic car section of the show. This quickly grew and ended up becoming The Invicta Insurance Services Classic Car Attraction! Tractorfest, as it is known, is located in the heart of the Weald of Kent on a mid August weekend and every year the event is filled with fun, sun, tractors, cider, classic cars, thousands of smiling visitors and so much more!
This was our first year as the main sponsor of Tractorfest, having previously enjoyed it as visitors. As sponsors of any event, we feel it is important to be involved as much as possible in the build up, promotion and set up in addition to actively helping on the weekend. This is why we offered to take care of organising the classic car attraction which grew in size significantly once we began to invite our valued customers who have classic cars to exhibit and also some of the local classic car clubs that we support. In fact, the site needed to be expanded into an adjacent field so that we could fit all of the cars and motorcycles who registered into the show!
As with all British summer events we were all watching the weather forecast nervously as heavy rain and storms were forecast however despite setting up our marquee in the pouring rain on the Friday the clouds parted for us at the weekend! Other than the occasional blustery shower on the Saturday (as those of you who squeezed in and sheltered with us in our Marquee will remember!) the weekend was gloriously warm and sunny!
This year, as we do at all the shows we attend, we exhibited Victor, our little 1959 Austin A35 van who enjoyed leading the parade of classic cars around the arena on both days. As the main sponsors we were also honoured to be asked to award the “Oily Rag” Trophies to the best in show classic car and classic motorcycle! It was our job to choose the winners. These were tough decisions as there were so many vehicles worthy of the prizes, but the Invicta team were up to the task and finally picked out the following winners:
BEST CLASSIC CAR: A beautiful 1954 Vauxhall Wyvern owned by Mr Jim Hopkins
BEST CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE: A lovely 1959 Ariel Leader owned by Mr Steve Back
Congratulations to both gentlemen who now have an impressive trophy each on their mantelpieces!
These were not the only prizes offered by Invicta at Tractorfest. We also had two competitions running throughout the event which were extremely popular with hundreds of people entering each of them. The first was a draw to win a year’s free classic vehicle insurance and the second was kindly provided by our friend and partner Emily Brown. Emily Brown is one of Kent’s leading lifestyle photographers and offered the incredible prize of a free full days photo shoot with a set of final photographs. This proved an extremely popular competition especially with many of the young families that attended the show!
I’m delighted to announce that the winners of these prize draws were:
Ms Deana Maw of Benenden who won the family photo shoot and I believe according to Emily has redeemed her prize already. If you are interested in learning more about Emily and her work you can visit her website here: http://www.emilybrown.photography/
The Free Classic Car Insurance for a Year with Invicta Insurance Services was won by Mr and Mrs Taylor of Burwell, Cambridgeshire who are the proud owners of a beautiful 1959 BMW Isetta Bubble Car. In fact they actually own three of these amazing cars!
Of course the weekend was not only about classic cars and motorcycles. Spread over numerous acres were tractors from many decades, commercial vehicles, miniature steam engines, stationary engines, horticultural machines, a wide choice of food and drink outlets, and a large number of craft and other stalls.
A survey of visitors showed that the main reason for attending was to have “a good family day out” and appreciated were not only the large number classic vehicles shown and paraded but also the country fair atmosphere which allowed visitors to feel they were stepping into a bygone age.
Those attending travelled not just from local towns and villages but from throughout Kent, other counties and even other countries! This year Biddenden Tractorfest and Country Fair attracted an attendance of over 10,000 people, some 3,000 more than the event’s total in 2015.
We met some wonderful people as visitors took their time looking at the exhibits, enjoying refreshments and watching arena events. Even as the event drew to a close on the Sunday, crowds were still packed round the main arena watching the last vehicle parade!
The entire weekend was an incredible success with so if you were not able to attend this year I highly recommend you do next year.
So why do the staff at Invicta volunteer their own time to attend these shows and work so hard on our stand meeting and greeting visitors. Well firstly, a lot of us have a passion for classic vehicles so we do have a lot of fun but really we all feel strongly about supporting local events, sponsoring charities in our area and working closely with people in our community.
In fact we will be organising our own classic car event in the spring in support of our chosen charity and friends at Folly Wildlife Rescue who are located just outside Tunbridge Wells. More details of this will follow soon.
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