Vintage and classic vehicles return to the city centre


THE FESTIVAL of Classics car rally comes to Newport city centre again next month for the third year in succession.

The Festival, first staged by the Newport Now Business Improvement District in the city centre in 2017, takes place on Saturday, June 8, from 11am to 4pm.

High Street, Commercial Street, Griffin Street and Market Street will be closed from 9am to 5pm to allow the event to take place safely.

Classic and vintage cars, motorcycles and other vehicles will be on display along High Street and parts of Commercial Street.

There will also be a street market provided by Cotyledon Markets, featuring a variety of local craft and food stalls.

The event has attracted hundreds of people into the city centre in previous years.

Newport Now BID manager Kevin Ward said: “We’re working with organiser John Gibbon once again to bring some fascinating vehicles into the city centre. In previous years, these have ranged from a 1960s double decker bus to a Model T Ford.

“The expanded street market - which will not be selling anything in competition to businesses on High Street and Commercial Street - will mean there will be something for all the family.”

Anyone interested in exhibiting a classic or vintage vehicle at the event should contact John Gibbon on 07854 574019 or email

The Festival of Classics is part of a calendar of events organised or sponsored by the BID, all aimed at increasing footfall in the city centre at key times of the year.