13-14 April 2019
The applications have now closed for vehicle entries for the 2019 show
***PLEASE BE AWARE***
There are report's on Facebook that the Transport Festival has " banned " motorcycles from this year's event, this needs to be clarified. The committee following Serious Safety Issues at 2018 festival have decided not to host the climax of the St Lukes Cycle Run, which it has for the last three years. This does not have any effect on motorcycle entries to the show in fact we wish for an increase in entries this year. We hope this clarifies INCORRECT reports made by ill informed people.
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SpareParts, the UK’s first festival of art, performance and spectacle, dedicated to transport, travel and motion, is on tour in 2019 - landing at Sandbach Transport Festival, trAction Crewe, Accelerate Oldham and Fleetwood Festival of Transport.
Prepare to be delighted with our programme of engaging arts performance and activities, including; music, dance, cloud gazing, comedy and a few surprises along the way.
More than just a chance for you to see fantastical arts performances, we also engage with schools and people who live in the places we visit, giving you the opportunity to participate in workshops, appear in our Super Scrap Parades and even perform on our ‘Sky High Stage.’
To celebrate the 75 years of D-Day, we have an iconic full-scale replica World War 2 Spitfire being displayed at the Sandbach Transport Festival. The Spitfire is believed to have been purposely built for an indoor museum in the late 1970s and has been sold a few times since then.
It represents a Mark 9 version of the aircraft that was introduced from July 1942 onwards as a stopgap measure to counter the threat from the Luftwaffe's Focke-Wulf FW 190A. To save time and resources, the early versions were built onto Mark 5 fuselages (with prominent rivets) and fitted with the Merlin 61 engine.
Although the Sandbach Transport Festival is usually associated with road vehicles, there is a small link to the Town. ERF purchased a Spitfire and presented it to the Royal Air Force, the cost of a Spitfire at the time was £5,000. To raise that amount of money ERF decided to hold a raffle with the first prize being a brand-new ERF truck, which at the time was a scarce commodity. Within 2 to 3 weeks the £5,000 target was achieved and a cheque was sent to Lieutenant Colonel Moore-Brabazon, who was Minister of Aircraft Production. The aircraft was called ‘Sun Works’ after the ERF manufacturing plant and went into squadron service with a Canadian unit of the RAF in 1941.