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Clifton College Classic Car Call-to-Arms

Event Sponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle

Bristol, 12 March 2012 - Clifton College in Bristol, starts its year-long 150th anniversary celebrations with a spectacular Classic Car Wheeze on Sunday 20th May, giving enthusiasts the opportunity to display their prized vintage or classic cars and to explore the very best of British design and engineering.
Taking place on the school's prestigious playing fields, the inspiring scene of Sir Henry Newbolt's evocative poem, 'There's a breathless hush on the Close tonight', the Classic Car Wheeze calls on heritage enthusiasts and Classic Car club owners to display their prized vehicles on the Close.
Places are limited to 200 and registration closes on 27th April, however, owners are advised to register vehicles as soon as possible due to the fast uptake in bookings so far.
On September 30th, Clifton College celebrates its 150th anniversary. Leading up to this landmark occasion, the Classic Car Wheeze, is the first in a series of planned events and celebrates all that is magnificent about the history and future of transport. The fundraising event will support the Prince’s Trust, Great Western Air Ambulance, A Life for a Cure and NSPCC (who held their first meeting at the School). All these charities have a special link with Clifton.
Set against the spectacular backdrop of Clifton’s Victorian buildings will be classic cars, a helicopter, a hot-air balloon, an F1 simulator, a hovercraft, and even the jaw-dropping 'Bloodhound supersonic car'. There will be opportunities to race radio-controlled cars, to enter a competition to build a kit car against the clock and to explore the insides of a whole aero-engine. Already confirmed are purring Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Alvis, Bristols and Porsches, the thrills of the F1 track, a frisson of celebrity guests and much more.
The day would not be complete without intriguing vintage stalls, a thrilling silent auction and classic car rides all set to Ragtime, the Charleston and other up-tempo nostalgic hits! Adding to the authentic experience will be themed food and entertainment from the 1920's to the present day. 
Main sponsors of the Classic Car Wheeze are international property consultants, Jones Lang LaSalle, whose Bristol office has a long-established connection with Clifton.
Head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Bristol office, Jeremy Richards, commented: ”We are thrilled to support this event and with a 251-year connection to the city we are delighted to help Clifton College celebrate its own heritage, tradition and forward-looking ethos. Jones Lang LaSalle’s hot air balloon will be tethered to guide car enthusiasts, budding engineers, designers and families to the College Close. From one of the earliest forms of transport through vintage and Classic Cars to the fastest car on the planet there is definitely something for everyone at this special celebratory day."

The classic car call-to-arms is especially apt for Clifton. Field Marshal Douglas Haig, who championed Kitchener's 'Britain Needs You' WW1 national call-up, was taught at the school in the 1860's and 1870's.  Transport connections are equally strong. In the early 20th Century, the founder of Bentley Motors, Walter Owen Bentley, was educated there, while one of his contemporaries at the time, Leslie Hore-Belisha, later became Transport Minister, introducing the UK Driving Test and the Belisha Beacon. Another famous figure who was at the School at the turn of the last century is Sir Roy Fedden who worked on the Bristol car engine and then became one of the most influential aero-engine designers of the 20th Century.
Notes to editors:
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