The annual Andover Festival of Motoring took place on Sunday 7th October 2018, reports from the organiser, Town Centre Manager Gemma Thompson suggest that it was the greatest ever, boasting high numbers of visitors and a local pub being quoted as having the ‘best day ever’ due to the event.

Gemma Thompson, from the ATCP sent in a press release to Andover & Villages which said;

“We couldn’t be happier with how the day went and would like to thank everyone who came along and gave generously to the Countess of Brecknock Hospice. We’re delighted to have raised over £400 for this worthy cause. Massive thanks also to our sponsors BP Rolls Automotive, Venture Security Management and the St Mary’s Ward Councillors for their support and assistance on the day.”

The event was supported this year by BP Rolls Automotive, Venture Security Management and the St Mary’s Ward Councillors.

The Worshipful Mayor Councillor Ian Carr was in attendance and had the difficult task of choosing the winners of the six categories and overall Best in Show. Despite tough competition, Martyn Powells stunning Sebring won Best in Show.

Festival Sponsor Louise Ellison from BP Rolls commented “we were only too happy to sponsor the Festival of Motoring, and what a wonderful day it was for Andover! The turnout was amazing; every time I looked down the high street there was a sea of happy smiling people, enjoying the sunshine and the fantastic variety of vehicles on display. Many people have commented on the increase in footfall it generated for local businesses which is brilliant to hear.”

Over 100 interesting and unusual vehicles were on display from classic Jaguars and Corvettes to Harley Davidsons and Triumph Motorbikes.

The event was started four years ago by Andover man, Michael Ford, community super star, Sheryl Scott-Clarke and others who wanted to bring a motoring event to the town, however during the event organisation this year, Michael and Sheryl were told that their services were no longer required and that Gemma Thompson would be taking over running the whole event.

Supporters of the original organisers took to social media to share their frustration at the positive praise for the event, one posting, “someone should be ashamed of them selves….hard working people set this up and created an amazing event….then it was taken away from them…and now someone else is taking the credit…..Shame on you”

Another Facebook user said, “It was small local businesses and local young adults that started this. Stop patting yourselves on the back and taking credit for an idea and success that was not yours.”