Rotary Cars in the Park is organised by the Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad in association with The Stan Bowley Trust and attracts up to 2,000 cars and in excess of 20,000 visitors. The money raised from the event is distributed between local, national and international good causes. There is no charge for members of the public to attend but any donations into our collection buckets are greatly appreciated.
First of all, many thanks to all of you who attended Cars in the Park in September 2021. We were blessed with better weather than we would have enjoyed if we had held the meeting, as intended, in July. We had another successful weekend, and raised good funds for our charities, including We love Lichfield, The Stan Bowley Trust and many more Rotary Charities.
We depend on many other voluntary and charitable groups to assist us. This year we had great help from The Stan Bowley Trust, Lichfield Police Cadets, Naval Cadets, Lichfield Round Table, Tamworth Rotary Club and many others. Barry and James Strong of Strong’s Plastics of Tamworth supplied some much needed heavy machinery. We always need more help however, and if you would like to volunteer, please contact me via the contact page in this website.
Our next Cars in the Park will be a special event, as it will be our 25th anniversary. The event has grown from just a few cars displayed in Beacon Park to what is now one of the largest classic car shows in the West Midlands with a national reputation. Among other innovations for our anniversary we hope to donate a commemorative medal to each entrant and to have a competition for the best cars in the show.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of July. The gates will open from 7.00am and the show will close each day at 4.00pm. Usually entrants will not be admitted after 11.00am as the park will be full to capacity so please book in advance and arrive early if you can.
There will be displays of single entries and car clubs; entertainment in the arena including the very popular BMX bike display; good quality catering and many trade stalls. This year we will put on more entertainment for children. We hope that many car dealers will be there to show their latest products after what has been a difficult two years for the motor trade.
The event is run to raise money for charity. We as Lichfield St Chad Rotary do not take any money at all for ourselves. We have certain expenses to pay out but after that every penny raised will go to charity in one form or another. The Midlands Air Ambulance will again be our main charity and they will have their own impressive stand to demonstrate their invaluable work. Please give generously to them and to our volunteers who will be around the park with the traditional collecting buckets. Another innovation you may see is that those collecting money will have card readers to collect money as we are aware that many of you do not carry much cash in today’s world.
Our charges for entrants will change slightly this year. The charge will be £5 per day per car for single entries but £4 per day IF BOOKED BEFORE 1st APRIL 2022. Once Single Entry bookings close you will still be able to arrive on the day and pay on entry. Access is between 8 am and 11 am. The charge for Car Clubs will also be £5 per car per day with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 30 cars per club. Club bookings fill up fast so please ensure that you reserve and pay for your space as soon as you can.
There is no charge for members of the public to attend but car parking on site will be £5 per car. These prices are highly competitive and much less than many similar events charge. They have hardly changed for some years.
For those staying overnight there will be professional security present on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Lastly, thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing some wonderful cars again.
Cars in the Park Chairman