When Leicestershire-based voluntary charity fund-raiser, Bob Croson, decided to stage a day-long summer version of his successful winter-evening Petrol Heads gathering there was only one obvious venue in his mind – Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground’s new Hangar ’42 events and exhibition hall. “It will offer us all the space and facilities we need,” he says. “I’m hoping to attract lots of exhibitors and displays and get a large crowd through the gates on the day.”
The day in question is Saturday 13th August, starting at 9.30am and continuing until midnight with a continuous programme of classic motorcycle and car displays, demonstrations of championship-winning motorcycles together with guest appearances of their riders, an auto-jumble sale, trade stands and fun for youngsters in the shape of climbing walls and bouncy castles.
“Once we cover our costs every penny will go to our chosen charities – Cancer Research and the East Midlands Air Ambulance,” says Bob. “The three January evening events I’ve organised at The Shires pub in Peatling Parva have raised more than £20,000. We’ve had between 300 and 400 people there and have out-grown the venue for a day-long event. But numbers are not a problem at Hangar ’42. Weather permitting we can use the large car park for outdoor displays with the adjoining field doubling as a car park and camp site for those visitors wanting to stay for the live bands on Saturday evening and stop overnight.
“I’m hoping to attract as many celebrities as possible from the car and motorcycle worlds will attend. We know the 2013 World Superbike Champion, Tom Sykes, will be attending with his HR2 Kawasaki. Also starting up will be the Moto GP Ducati and Norton, MV Agusta, Victory and Indian have also confirmed their attendance.”
Admission to the daytime event is £10 per person, £5 for the evening event and £15 for the day and evening. Children under 13 are free.
Bob, a self-confessed petrol head, lives close to Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and works for a fencing contractor based near the site. Over the years he has taken part in charity events. “But for the past few years I’ve been organising charity events too. Like so many people cancer has affected some of my family and close friends… As a motorcyclist, I am very aware of the great value the air ambulance brings in rapidly getting accident victims to hospital,” he says. “It’s extremely rewarding to put something back into society by supporting those deserving charities.”
Bob says he hopes to continue with the January event at The Shires pub. “It’s a different style of evening-only gathering and the pub has been really good to us over the past few years. However, I’m really excited about the prospects for the day-long Petrol Heads at Bruntingthorpe in August and like to think we can make it an annual event making lots of money for our two deserving charities.”
Paul Atkin, general manager for business development at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and Airfield, said that since its formal opening last year, Hangar ’42 had generated huge interest among a diverse range of event organisers. “There has been an almost non-stop stream of enquiries and a significant number of bookings that have more than justified our considerable investment in transforming what was a derelict building into one of the nation’s newest exhibition and events venues. And while Hangar ’42 embraces the very latest in technology, environmental efficiency and customer comfort and convenience, it retains all the spirit, mystique and fascination of a war-time aircraft hangar.
“Whether it is a major exhibition, a product presentation, a banquet or an event such as Petrol Heads, Hangar ’42 offers the optimum flexible solution. There appears to be no limit to its potential.”
For enquiries regarding Petrol Heads:
Tel: 07764 153061
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