Father’s Day, 20th June, in the colourful grounds of Mount Stewart promises to be another favourite family day out on the Northern Ireland summer calendar.
The National Trust, in partnership with major sponsor Ballyrobert Cars and local club enthusiasts, is hosting an entirely new event – a spectacular extravaganza of vintage and classic vehicles including Michael Schumacher’s gleaming Race Red F2001 Ferrari.
Around 100 beautiful roadsters, breezers and jalopies will be gathering at the front of the mansion house for visitors to admire and photograph.
For kids of all ages there is a Spot the Car quiz, a Have-a-Go Archery area and great music from the Downtown Roadshow throughout the day. A Routemaster, surely everyone’s favourite Big Red Bus, will convey visitors from car park to show area.
Autojumble stalls will have pride of place in the paddocks where the overflow from the main event will be situated and Northern Ireland’s premier brass band The 1st Old Boys Association Band will be playing at the event.
Ladies will also be catered for with a complementary vintage clothing exhibition. And the restaurant will be providing appropriately themed food.
Tours of the house will be on a go-as-you-please, take-your-time system, and in the Central Dome Hall, one of North Down’s century-old Fire Carts will be on display.
The Temple of the Winds will be taken over by award-winning Vauxhall dealers Ballyrobert Cars for their 50th Anniversary Celebration.
They’re bringing along the Ferrari together with a collection of classic vehicles including two rally Vauxhall Chevettes.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive in period costume or to wear an appropriate hat and do as Henry Ford did Every time I see an Alpha Romeo, I lift my hat. Those who do will be included in the entries for Special Prize for Best Outfit.
So, Dad, tune up, get that motor running and spin those skins down the Ards on 20th June for a great day out. Vehicles are on show from 11am to 5pm. Normal admission applies, NT members get in free and there’s free car parking for all.