PETROL heads had the time of their lives in the Cotswolds.

North Cotswolds Rotary Club staged the Cotswold Festival of Motoring on Sunday 4th August at The Cotswold School.

Nine hundred visitors enjoyed a day of varied activities and entertainment, including 180 very special vehicles, together with stars of TV and film from Motion Picture Motors, something for every enthusiast.

Through the generosity of the principal sponsor, Brio Retirement Living, together with additional sponsorship from Cotswold Motor Group, the event raised £6500 to be shared equally between Great Western Air Ambulance, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, North Cotswolds Community Awareness, Endometriosis UK and The Cotswold School.

The winner of the People’s Concours competition was Chris Ball’s 1955 Jaguar D Type which he currently races historic events. In the judged competition the winners were: Pre-War – Allan and Sue Glew’s 1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost; Post-War – Martin Bridges’ highly original 1984 Ford Granada Scorpio; and Sports/Specials – John Hallam’s 1972 Sunbeam Rally Imp.

Event organiser John Barber said: “I am absolutely delighted with how the day has gone. It was a great family day and the feedback has been amazing. To have fun and raise money for these worthy causes at the same time has been a privilege.”

John thanked all the volunteers, and The Cotswold School for their unstinting support in allowing their grounds to be used for this event. “We would not have been able to stage an event on this scale without significant support from Brio Retirement Living, to whom we are especially grateful.”

During the day visitors were treated to live music from the band Paige and the Red Shift. Younger family members had a chance to test their skills on a climbing wall kindly sponsored by JWORX, and there was an inflatable obstacle course for smaller children.

Street food from Just Thais and Street Pizza was also on offer. In addition there were a variety trade and charity stalls.

This is North Cotswolds Rotary's biggest event of the year, attracting 900 visitors .