A SUPERCAR with ‘butterfly’ doors is set to strut its stuff at Stow Motor Show.

The pearly white BMW i8 is one of an array lining up for the free family event on Saturday July 14.

Exhibitors will be vying for a silent seal of approval from show celebrity The ‘Stoig’ – Stow’s answer to Top Gear’s ‘The Stig.’

Organisers are calling for more iconic motors, old and new and from all walks of life, to create a display on Queen Elizabeth ll cricket field.

“Already we have a great cross-section from pre-1940 sports cars and vintage tractors to modern supercars and bikes,” said Show chairman Geoff Parke. “We continue to welcome new entrants and every day sees more owners registering their vehicles on our website.”

Modern supercars, including Ferrari and Lamborghini, will also be shown by car clubs and private owners, alongside classic cars such as Mercedes, Lotus and Austin Healey; vintage cars including Rolls-Royce and Bentley and military models from tanks to Halftracks. Motorbikes will feature top makes such as Triumph and Harley Davidson and there will be agricultural vehicles and lorries.

Mike Hallowes, from Stow, has been won over by Jaguars. His early XK150 3.4SE, from 1957, was sold as a personal export to Leonard St Clair, a thriller writer from California.

He said: “I’ve owned several Jaguars over the years, including an XK120, E type and a C Type replica. Cars have always been a major part of my life and I spent 25 years supplying vehicles for tv, film and advertising.

“Our company Ten Tenths Ltd has supplied vehicles for tv, film and advertising.

"One of our best commercials was for Hamlet cigars where we supplied a Reliant Robin and 80 motorbikes to be knocked over like dominoes when a Mr Bean character opened the Reliant’s door at a fairground. That took 24 hours solid to shoot in Crawley. It made the video of the Best Hamlet adverts.”

Bill Cheston, from Stow, raced a 4.5 litre Bentley tourer at nationwide vintage events for 10 years in the 1960s and 70s. Today his passion is an on-the-road restoration of mechanical issues and the interior trim of a Mercedes Benz 250CE coupe. “It was built in 1970, the year of my son Hugo’s birth, and bought by him for his son Tai on his 1st birthday,” he said.

“It’s a very interesting car of its type and still drives very well indeed. There were about 20,000 coupes built from 1969-74 and there can’t be many in the UK.”

The show runs from midday to 10.30pm.

As well as static exhibits, there will be driving demonstrations in a parade ring; children’s funfair rides, go-karts and other family attractions; motoring and general trade stands, catering and refreshment outlets. Stow Fire Service is also mounting a demonstration. The evening features a hog roast, bar and live music.

Anyone is welcome to display an interesting vehicle but must apply in advance through the website: stowmotorshow.co.uk to obtain an entry pass.

Any Stow Motor Show profits will support Kate’s Home Nursing, Sam Pilcher Trust and North Cotswolds Disabled Club.