Southport Nostalgia: the vintage vehicle festival “a true flagship of an event”



The Fantastic Machines Festival at Southport Pleasureland

By Andrew Brown

Crowds of people marveled at the stunning collection of vintage vehicles on display at the very first Festival of Fantastic Machines at Southport Pleasureland this weekend.

Ancient machines of every imaginable shape and size arrived in town for the event on Saturday and Sunday (September 25-26).

Interspersed with park rides and attractions, visitors enjoyed the Festival’s steam and vintage rally, toured its vintage and “exceptional” vehicles, marveled at an original collection of fairground organs, inspected a collection of military vehicles and let off steam on the park rides.

On Saturday night they enjoyed a fantastic evening of entertainment with performers such as: Brown en Blonde; David Lonsdale; John Coates; Alistair Lee; Abba; and snake eyes.

Southport Pleasureland CEO Norman Wallis said: “We have traveled across the country in search of the weird and the wonderful, and we have a veritable spectacle of an event.

“The park is the perfect location for the Festival and it is the perfect opportunity for us Brits to indulge our passion for all things mechanical.

“Southport has a strong history built around steam and speed. The resort is also no stranger to pushing the limits with fantastic machinery, Southport is home to a land speed record set in 1926.

The new to Southport event has been timed to coincide with the city’s British Musical Fireworks Championships which took place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, allowing visitors to Southport to plan a day-to-night experience for friends and the family.

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