South Wales car festival is an odds on to become annual event after inaugural success at Chepstow Racecourse

CLASSIC and super car fans in their thousands converged on Chepstow Racecourse for an inaugural motoring event in aid of St David’s Hospice Care.

Enthusiasts were queuing when the gates opened to get in to see the cars and also to  buy tickets for the day-long South Wales Car Festival.

Emma Saysell,  chief executive of St David’s Hospice Care, attending the event said: “The turnout for the car show was phenomenal. We’re thrilled with the support from those exhibiting and also those who have attended in their thousands.

“We’re also very grateful for the backing of all those involved, classic and super car owners and  in particular our sponsors St. Joseph’s Hospital.”

Stuart Hammond, CEO of Newport-based St Joseph’s Hospital, said: “We were delighted to sponsor the event and are especially pleased to know that so many attended on the day.

“St Joseph’s Hospital is all about looking after people and we are committed to contributing to the local community where we operate. All proceeds from the event go to St David’s Hospice Care to help them to continue to provide an incredible palliative care service locally.”

Beth Harrington, of St David’s Hospice Care, who organised the event, said: “We are extremely grateful for the wonderful support we received from St Joseph’s Hospital for the inaugural South Wales Car Festival. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day out for everyone involved and augurs well for the future of this high octane event.

“This was a tricky run up to the event with all the Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines ever changing together with the numerous date changes. As our first event we always knew we would have lots to learn and consider for future years.

“We had a great response with pre-sold tickets but we’re overwhelmed with the further support we received with tickets sold on the day, which brings its own challenges with various elements such as catering etc

“We cannot thank Chepstow Racecourse enough for having us at their fabulous venue and would like to thank all our wonderful volunteers for their support, not forgetting all the vehicle owners who stuck by us.

“Thank you on behalf of everyone involved with St David’s Hospice Care & the South Wales Car Show”