Horsham District Showcase Tour 2019
Building on the success of the Piazza Italia District Tours in 2016 and 2017, something a bit special has been planned for the Year of Culture 2019.
The District Showcase Tour, on Sunday 24th March 2019, will see up to 40 vehicles from five different Horsham Town events form a travelling cavalcade that provides a static display in Billingshurst; Pulborough; Storrington; Steyning and Henfield in turn. It will also pass through 3 district villages*.
The Tour will present a truly eclectic mix of supercars, classic and muscle cars, police cars and camper vans, sampling those to be seen at Easter’s Horsham Piazza Italia; May’s Horsham’s Great British Weekend (was the English Festival) and PlumJam Air-Cooled VW Rally, July’s Bastille Day Horsham FrenchFest (a car display is new in 2019) and Horsham AmeriCARna in September. Accompanying the Tour will be its own travelling band, The Downland Troubadours aboard a 1925 REO Speedwagon from the Les Searle collection.
For the most part display locations will be right in the heart of each high street offering maximum opportunity for visitors to support local businesses. Each of the towns plans to welcome the tour in their own unique way, some hosting fun activities for all the family such as the Italian market day in Storrington along with extra food stalls and a classic car display by SADCASE, and there is a French market in Steyning. There will be street entertainers, food and drink stalls, and a car themed shop window competition in Henfield High Street.
Horsham District Council is working collaboratively with partners across the towns including the Parish Councils, Community Partnerships, local businesses – Premier GT and Pilgrim Motorsports, SL2 Signs and enthusiast groups including SADCASE (Storrington and District Classic and Sports Car Enthusiasts) and Oddballs, to make the tour the biggest, boldest, brightest and most fun ever.
The organisers are massively grateful to SERV Sussex, the blood bike charity, who will be guiding the Tour en-route, and Christ’s Hospital School and South Lodge Hotel.
The Tour will be videoed and tracked on social media throughout the day by Silvertip Films and By Jove Media respectively.
The outline tour schedule is:
|Billingshurst – Jengers Mead CP||10.50am||11.30am|
|Pulborough – Lower Street CP||11.40am||12.25pm|
|Storrington– Library Car Park & Old Mill Drive||12.40pm||1.45pm|
|Steyning – High Street||2pm||2.45pm|
|Henfield – High Street||3pm||3.45pm|
* The Tour will also pass through the following villages. Times are approximate
Upper Beeding 2.50pm