Sunday 20th May at Clifton College, Bristol

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Set to become one of the South West’s most popular family days out, the Classic Car Wheeze will host a dazzling display of Britain’s finest motoring and aviation attractions on Sunday the 20th May at Clifton College, Bristol. Wowing crowds with an extraordinary line up, the action packed event will feature the fastest car in the world, Bloodhound SSC, over a hundred classic, vintage and supercars, a breathtaking air display featuring an array of fighter jets and the Spitfire, special guest appearances by Carol Vorderman MBE and Lisa Rogers from Scrapheap Challenge, family entertainment, fabulous food, great music and shopping stalls. The sensational day out will delight and entertain every member of the family and help raise essential funds to support The Prince’s Trust, Great Western Air Ambulance, A Life for a Cure and the NSPCC.

Celebrating its 150th Anniversary, Clifton will host a heart thumping aviation display including visitor favourites; the roaring Spitfire Mk5 now in it’s 75th year, a Ryan STA 1936, renowned for it’s beauty and record-breaking achievements, a Hawker Hunter 1958, the subsonic British fighter jet aircraft flies for the first time in 30 years, and a Strikemaster 1959, one of only 11 privately-owned Strikemasters still flying today. The air display will take place between 3.30pm and 4.00pm and will feature a helicopter from Great Western Air Ambulance, followed by a fantastic raffle with prizes including a track day in a BMW Z4 and a helicopter flight. An aerial spectacular would not be complete without the adrenaline-fuelled stunts of the Silver Stars skydiving team who will be performing earlier in the day at 12pm. On the ground, the Pegasus jet engine developed by Sir Roy Fedden, who attended Clifton College, will be on show for visitors to explore. Owned by Rolls-Royce and used for the first flight over Mount Everest, the Pegasus set three height records in the 1930s and in 1938 set the world's long-distance record.

Clifton’s historic Close will transform into a spectacular motoring garden party, showing over 100 gleaming vehicles from modern day supercars to classic and vintage favourites, such as the fabulously retro, split screen VW Campers. Flanking the Bloodhound supersonic car, Toyota will display the impressive £330k Lexus hybrid supercar and the original Hi-Lux, used by Jeremy Clarkson in a Top Gear special. There will also be instantly recognisable TV and Film classics including Starsky and Hutch's Ford Gran Torino, the Dodge Charger from the Steve McQueen film ‘Bullitt’ and the Dukes of Hazzard's General Lee. Joining them will be the pride of Classic Car Club owners, who will showcase beautiful examples of car design by top marques including Ferarri, Alvis, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Bristol, Austin Healey and Lotus.

The exciting family day out will illuminate young minds with fun, interactive educational displays by the Bloodhound Project and Rolls-Royce to inspire young people with the wonder of design and engineering, and demonstrate how maths, science, technology and engineering can help overcome the impossible. Set in a vibrant atmosphere, the Classic Car Wheeze will be packed with activities for all the family; a kit car building competition, vintage shopping stalls, a raffle and silent auction with fantastic prizes, radio controlled car races, face painters, a bouncy castle, fun stalls for children, an F1 simulator, jet engines, classic car rides, music by the Hot Potato Syncopators from 11.30am, great local food from Cowshed, a cocktail experience by Milk Thistle, beer tents and entertainment.

John Milne, Headmaster of Clifton’s Prep School, which also celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, said, “We are delighted to mark Clifton’s anniversaries with the Classic Car Wheeze, a very special day celebrating all forms of transport, science, maths and engineering in a vibrant, family friendly atmosphere. The unique day will provide a highly enjoyable way of interacting with the very best of British design over the past 100 years for enthusiasts, young people and their families and raise important funds for charity.'

Jones Lang LaSalle, the main sponsor of the Classic Car Wheeze, has a long-established connection with the School. Jeremy Richards, Head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Bristol office, explained, 'The Classic Car Wheeze is a great opportunity for the Bristol community to be inspired by both the past and the future. We are thrilled to be supporting this event.'

The Classic Car Wheeze will be held on Sunday the 20th May at Clifton College, Bristol, and is open to visitors from 11am until 4pm, with access through the main entrance at Clifton’s Memorial Arch.

Tickets start from £12.50 for adults, £35 for a family (2 adults and 2 children aged 2 – 18yrs), £7.50 for Senior Citizens and children aged between 2 and 18yrs (under 2s are free). For more information and to book discounted tickets in advance, please visit

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About Clifton College

Clifton College is one of England's most famous independent schools, offering continuity of day and boarding education for girls and boys from 3 to 18.  Founded on the 30th September 1862, the school is one of the original 26 English Public Schools defined by the Public Schools Yearbook of 1889. The school’s ground, known as the Close, played an important role in the history of cricket and witnessed 13 of W.G. Grace's first-class hundreds for Gloucestershire in the County Championship. Other famous pupils include Field Marshal Douglas Haig, Walter Owen Bentley (founder of Bentley Motors), Sir Roger Hollis (Director General of MI5), Sir Trevor Howard, A.E.J. Collins, John Cleese and Sir Michael Redgrave. The school prides itself on its academic excellence, magnificent buildings, superb sporting and cultural facilities, pioneering spirit and high level of pastoral care in a caring and friendly atmosphere. In celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Clifton has launched 7 new scholarships for girls to celebrate 25 years of co-education at the school. Full details about the school and the new scholarships can be found at

About Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle is a leading financial and professional services firm specialising in real estate.  Following the merger with King Sturge LLP in June 2011 Jones Lang LaSalle operates from 18 UK office locations delivering an in-depth range of integrated services across all property sectors.  Jones Lang LaSalle is the largest property consultancy firm in the South West with offices in Bristol, Bath and Exeter. With 2011 global revenue of more than $3.6 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 2.1 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47.7 billion of assets under management. For more information go to

About the NSPCC

The NSPCC is the UK’s leading children's charity specialising in child protection. Our vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK and we make a difference for all children by standing up for their rights, listening to them, helping them when they need us and by making them safe. The NSPCC runs projects and services across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands to help vulnerable children. We also provide ChildLine, the UK’s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people and a helpline for adults who are worried about a child or want advice. For more information about the NSPCC ChildLine – 0800 1111 /

About The Princes Trust

Youth charity The Prince's Trust helps change young lives. It gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. It works with 13-to-30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 650,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day. Last year, more than three in four young people supported by The Trust moved into work, education or training.  In April 2011, Fairbridge became part of The Prince’s Trust. The new united organisation will help 50,000 young people this year.

About Great Western Air Ambulance

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is the youngest helicopter rescue charity in the UK. We provide a 999 response medical helicopter covering Bristol, Bath and the surrounding counties plus Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. That means raising about £1.3m each year from donations. It is seriously estimated one in five of our critical missions saves a life. Please visit for more information.

About Life for a Cure

Meningitis is a devastating disease. It can come out of nowhere and can kill in under 4 hours. Following the tragic death of our son Ryan, aged 16, 'a Life for a Cure' was born as a fundraising vehicle working closely in association with Meningitis UK.  Although fantastic progress has been made over the last 20 years, there is still no vaccine available to protect against all forms of meningitis and associated diseases, including the most common form in the UK, meningococcal group B.  1 in 10 victims will die, 1 in 7 of those who survive will suffer some form of permanent disability, with at least six lives taken every week. It is vital investment continues into both research and creating awareness of this merciless disease to ultimately achieve the overall aim of eradicating all forms of meningitis. Please visit for more information.


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