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British Steam Car UK Tour Dates


As you are aware The British Steam Car Team has started its UK tour with the land speed recording breaking car. The aim is to inspire other budding engineers to take a look 'outside the box' for alternative fuels, celebrate British Engineering and the team’s record achievements.
We are appealing for volunteers to assist us with manning the merchandise stand, and assisting with car/stand logistics at its various appearances. If you are able to help (mostly at weekends), please e-mail Lynne Angel with details of where you are located. Our current tour schedule can be viewed at
We hope to create up a 'bank' of names that we can call upon; it’s a great chance to be part of the team for the day and visit some brilliant events.
The team would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the support you have given us.

From the outset of the project, one of the goals of the British Steam Car team was to inspire young people and students to consider alternative, environmentally friendly methods of propulsion and to 'think outside the box'. The team has received many requests to attend engineering universities as well as high profile science and motoring events to talk about the project and display the British Steam Car. In order to fulfill appearance requests, the British Steam Car team is reliant on sponsorship to cover the expenses involved. After the tour has been completed the British Steam Car will take pride of position at The National Motor Museum Beaulieu as part of their land speed collection.

The British Steam Car Team would like to extend its appreciation to its sponsors and supporters. In particular Micro Movements and Goodyear who have kick started the teams UK tour with financial sponsorship, and WTW Truck Hire who have generously agreed to provide transportation for the vehicle to enable us to attend events.

For information, the cost to have the steam car and team at any event is £1,000 per day.

The British Steam Car Team will have a presence at the following events:

14th November 2009, 11am and 2pm
Saxon Square, Christchurch, Dorset

The British Steam Car at Saxon Square, Christchurch, Dorset

The Mayor of Christchurch, Councillor David Flagg, will be hosting a civic reception for the British Steam Car team to celebrate its success.

The British Steam Car Team with the Mayor of Christchurch

"We're honoured to be the first town to be visited by the steam car and the team involved in setting the world records. I'm sure there will be a lot of interest in seeing this exciting vehicle up close and hearing from the team about their experiences."
stated Councillor David Flagg, The Mayor of Christchurch.

15th November 2009
BSCC Sponsor & Supporter's Party

We would like to thank those that joined the British Steam Car Team at Newtown Park on Sunday 15th November to celebrate the team's successes.
A team photographer was on site throughout; a selection of his pictures can be viewed and purchased online at
A percentage of all pictures sold will be donated to the Steam Car tour fund.

17th November 2009
BBC Breakfast, aired 7.00AM - 9.15AM on BBC1

The programme will feature the car in 3 slots over the 2 hours. Immediately afterwards the car will also appear on BBC News.

18th November 2009
BBC Documentary "The fastest steam car in the world", aired 7.00PM on BBC2

You can watch it on BBC iPlayer by clicking HERE

27th November 2009
Lymington Christmas Lights Parade, 6.00pm

The British Steam Car at the switch on of the Lymington Christmas lights

The Lymington Community Foundation has invited The Steam Car and all the Team to the Heroes Welcome at the Community Christmas celebrations, lights switch on and fireworks in Lymington High Street.
The team will have a retail stall featuring the new range of "World Record Breaking" merchandise.  Members of the team will be present after the parade to carry out autographs. The stall will be located at the former Woolworths site and open from 5.30pm - 7.30pm

13th January 2010
Goodyear Head Office

Corporate Appearance

The British Steam Car outside the Goodyear Head Office

"As tyre supplier to the British Steam Car team, we congratulate them on their record.   This is yet another Land Speed Record for Goodyear, who set a record in 1963 to have the first tyre to exceed 400mph (Craig Breedlove driving Spirit of America). Since then, Goodyear tyres have also been chosen for the British-made JCB DieselMax car, which set a 328mph record for Diesel powered vehicles in 2006. We are all looking forward to welcoming the car and team to our head office."
stated James Bailey, Communications Manager, Goodyear.

14th-17th January 2010
Autosport International Show, NEC Birmingham, Hall 7, Stand: 7010-7015

The British Steam Car at the Autosport International Show

Autosport International is the world's biggest motorsport show, filled with exciting cars, star drivers and motorsport personalities. From karting to Formula 1, every rung on the international motorsport ladder is represented, making the Autosport International Show a must for every enthusiast. The show also features a Live Action Arena where you can watch racing on the UK's biggest indoor racetrack, and offers various opportunities to experience the thrills of racing first hand.

You can get up close and personal with the sport's biggest stars and greatest cars. Whether it is through the F1 Racing Grid, the Rally Display, the Historic area or any of our other fantastic features; your car needs will be catered for at the show! We also interview the sport's biggest stars on the Central Stage, as well as hosting autograph signings at the F1 Racing Grid, so if you want to see the cars and meet the stars, Autosport International is the show for you!

For more information visit:

12th-14th March 2010
Race Retro 2010
The 7th International Historic Motorsport Show

A full three days of activities, where motorsport enthusiasts, event organisers, engineering and restoration companies and the supporting trades are brought together in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss business and competition for the season and to promote events and services. Over 24,000 visitors in total and hundreds of exhibitors make this the Premier European Historic Motorsport Show, covering cars and bikes from eight decades.

For more information visit

24th March 2010
Evening Talk with Driver Don Wales
Royal Aeronautical Society - Preston Branch in association with The Institute of Mechanical Engineers

Canberra Club, BAE Systems, Samlesbury

You can read more about the Preston Branch at

For further details, please contact Alan Matthews.

22nd April 2010
Car/Team Appearance

Spirax Sarco, Charlton House, Cheltenham

The British Steam Car Team during a visit to Spirax Sarco

"Having the team and the car here in Cheltenham, on our premises, was an absolute delight. Although I've heard the story twice now - and saw the programme on TV - I am still enjoying the team's enthusiasm about this fascinating performance."
stated Marc Eggermont, Spirax Sarco (Director UKROI).

22nd April 2010
An Evening with The British Steam Car Team

Hatherely Manor Hotel, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 7.00pm
£8.00 per ticket
The money raised from ticket sales will assist with the continuation of the Team's UK Tour.
In association with Spirax Sarco

Driver Don Wales is the nephew of the legendary Donald Campbell, and grandson of Sir Malcolm. Don holds 11 land speed records, nine in his electric car "Bluebird" and two with the British Steam Car Team.

24th-25th April 2010
Prescott Speed Hill Climb: British & Midland Championship

Bugatti Owners' Club, Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 9RD
Start: 9.00am – 6.00pm. Tickets cost £12.50 on the gate (under 14's free).

Who will dominate the Hill in 2010? Find out at the start of another season of competition, as the top drivers step up to the challenge.
In the race to gain championship points, drivers will be looking to beat reigning champion Scott Moran's 36.35 seconds, a record he has held for over 2 years.

Special Steam Attractions
Don Wales (grandson of Sir Malcom Campbell) and the World Land Speed Record Holding Steam Car
Steam cars take to the Hill to set a new Prescott record
A wonderful steam Traction engine
Steam powered motor mowers!

For further details, either telephone 01242 673136 or visit

"The World Land Speed Steam Car visit to Prescott was for many of our competitors, officials and spectators the highlight of our weekend British Hill Climb Championship event; - the chance to see the car up-close, meet the team and if you asked nicely you could even sit in the car which was just awesome. We want them back again and soon."
stated Ian Patton, Bugatti Owners’ Club.

8th-9th May 2010
Celebration of Steam, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Compare the contrast for yourself 150 years of steam technology – from HMS Warrior 1860 the sail and steam powered warship, to a special appearance from the 2009 land speed record breaking British Steam Car!
The age of steam - modern and old will be bought to life with talks from Don Wales the land speed record breaking driver and his team, displays of traction engines and road locomotives at work, steam wagon rides, model boat and railway exhibitions and a host of Victorian dock characters.
Discover the history of Portsmouth Dockyard as one of the greatest industrial complexes in the world throughout the 18th and 19th centuries with a visit to the Dockyard’s Block Mills*, Dockyard Apprentice exhibition and saw bench and stone crusher displays.
Then be entertained by brass bands, morris dancers, street entertainment, more steam talks, traditional fairground rides and craft market complete with a bigger and better Real Ale, Cider and Sausage Festival. Plus entrance to the Historic Dockyard attractions** all make for what promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family!

For further details, please visit

*Limited number of tours available on a first come-first served basis
**Does not include a Harbour Tour

5th–6th June 2010
National Museum Beaulieu "Steam Revival"

2010 at Beaulieu sees a reprise of the steam events that were so popular during the early years of the Beaulieu attraction. Beaulieu is now delighted to announce a brand new show on their calendar, the Beaulieu Steam Revival, taking place in the grounds of the National Motor Museum on the 5th and 6th June 2010.
Among the major attractions on display will be the magnificent Showman's Engines that could be widely seen at the Fairgrounds of the Victorian era. The show will have its own Victorian Fairground with traditional steam driven rides including Gallopers and Speedway, as well as strolling players and side shows, creating the atmosphere of a Victorian travelling fair.
Show visitors will see a wide variety of live demonstrations, boiler making and engine restoration in the Foundry and Blacksmith Shop, and in the Saw Mill there will be thatching and timber working, using wood from the Beaulieu Estate. There will also be trailer and steam engine rides for everyone to enjoy.
The Beaulieu Steam Revival can be enjoyed as part of a visit to the whole Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum and World of Top Gear, Palace House and 13th century Beaulieu Abbey.

For more information, either telephone 01590 612345 or visit

28th June - 4th July 2010
Car Appearance

Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB

Ten years ago an ambitious project to claim the world speed record for a steam-powered car was unveiled at the flagship branch of Selfridges in Oxford Street, London. From 28th June 2010, the British Steam Car will be on display at Selfridges having secured no fewer that five speed records, including the world land speed record of 139.843mph, in August 2009.

The Chairman of Selfridges says:
"To have this impressive car on display will continue the tradition started by Harry Selfridge when he opened this store in 1909. He attracted customers with educational and scientific exhibitions because he wanted shopping to be fun."
Charles Burnett III, who backed the project and secured the world speed record, says:
"Louis Blériot's monoplane was exhibited at Selfridges after his successful first cross-Channel flight in 1909 so it seems appropriate to display the British Steam Car 100 years later."

The opening hours are:
Monday – Friday: 09.30 - 21.00
Sunday* 12.00 - 18.00 - *Browsing 11.30 - 12.00

Sunday 8th August 2010
Three Cocks, Hay on Wye Steam & Vintage Rally

Admission: Adults £6.00, Children £3.00 (Under 11 Free)

There will be 16 Steam Traction Engines, 36 Commercial Vehicles, 100 Vintage Cars, 30 Classic Motorcycles, 100 Vintage Tractors and 50 Stationary Engines.
A Model Tent with Craft Demonstrations, Live Action Stunt Show, Cider Making, Steam Rack Sawing, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Black Smithing, Children’s Rides, Helicopter Flights, Trade Stands and Car Boot Sale.

For further details, please visit

20th-22nd August 2010
The 2010 WESES Steam Rally

The Showground, Stithians, TR3 7HL

The West of England Steam Engine Society Steam Rally is the oldest and largest Steam Rally in the Westcountry. This year celebrating our 55th anniversary, a large collection of working steam engines, vintage cars, bikes & tractors can be seen at our new location in Stithians Showground, with a hard roadway and "playpen" the engines can be seen doing what they were designed to do. Something for all the family, there is entertainment, crafts, models, trade stands and so much more.

For further details, please visit

11th–12th September 2010
The Swindon Railway Festival - LAST STEAM CAR UK TOUR DATE!
Show Sponsored by Hornby Magazine

The Big GWR 175 Event of the Year!

Celebrate 175 years of the GWR with our unbeatable weekend of steam machines! Join pop music powerhouse Pete Waterman and show sponsors Hornby Magazine for the ultimate display of GWR railway layouts, displays and memorabilia. Then get up close to the ultimate steam machines – including the stunning British Steam Car sponsored by Hornby Hobbies.

Show highlights include:
Pete Waterman

The Swindon Railway Festival 

2009 Price Held!

Admission: Adults: £8.00, Concessions: £5.50, Family tickets: £24.00 (two adults, two children) and £27.00 (two adults, three children)
Under threes go free and SwindonCard discounts available.

For more information, please visit

For further information regarding the tour or sponsorship, please contact:
Rebecca Nicholls on T: +44(0)1452 260063 or email:

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