Newport Festival Of Classics

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On a grey Saturday in Newport, 2 of our Energize volunteers popped along to Newport’s Festival Of Classics.

The festival itself was brought to Newport courtesy of Newport Now, who were playing out some classic tunes at the bottom of Stow Hill/Bridge Street.

The festival started at McCann’s Rock N Ale Bar, where the bikers and their sliver machines congregated, and owner Amy supplied live bands & a BBQ for public enjoyment.  For those driving then Mad Hatters Coffee Shop was the place to go. The trail of bikes, cars, vans and even a bus, carried on down High Street, the bottom of Stow Hill/Bridge Street and part way along Commercial Street.

There was a great selection of classic cars & bikes, some from long before our team members days.  From the  Ford Model T which was in production from 1908 – 1927.  Along with those we could reminisce about such as Ford Serria’s, Capri’s & Mini Coopers.  Each lovingly looked after by it’s owner & complete with its own restoration story behind the car.


We heard the story of one husband who painstakingly restored a Ford Serria 2.0 Ghia in only 2 months for his wife, who’s previous pride and joy had been written of in an accident.  This car had been found in a barn in Chepstow, where it had spent the last 21 years.  It had 08435 miles on the clock and no registered keepers as it had never been through an MOT.


Ray Hill & partner went all out for the classic feel on their 1965 Humber Super Snipe with magazines and props from the era.  Ray has owned the Humber since 2002, and although not much was needed to restore the car it to its former glory it has received a respray here in Newport from Jones & Bramley of Factory Road.

Another story we had the pleasure of hearing was of a Grey Neon 91 Mini Cooper S Reg.  Bought by a Church Accountant from Caerleon back in 2001 & entered into the 2002 Italian Job (Italy & back in 10 days, in any car from the 1969 film).  This little car has racked up 8000 miles for charity, including 2 trips to the Alps & raised over £3000.

But if you are more of a 2 wheel than a 4 wheel person, then the top end of town is where you needed to be.  As outside McCann’s Rock N Ale bar there were plenty of bikes to be found.  Ranging from Triumph’s, Suzuki’s, Harley Davidson’s, Ducati’s, Norton’s, Kawasaki’s & Yamaha’s, with a mixture of male & female riders.  Many of these customised with chrome work, lights, accessories and great paint jobs.

Words & Images – Liz & David Henry

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