The Premier Ford stand at this year’s IW Motor Show, held at Brickfields, Havenstreet, because of bad weather. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
THE IW Motor Show at Brickfields Horse Country last weekend was a huge success, attracting lots of potential buyers to view the newest models available from dealers on the Island.
The relentless wet weather had put the show under threat of being cancelled until organisers were given the go-ahead to move the venue from grassy Havenstreet to the spacious mud-free hardstanding at Brickfields.
Graham Vanassche, chairman of the show organising committee and managing director of Leslie’s Motor Group, said: "The motor trade on the Island is very grateful to Brickfields. They were very accommodating with only a week’s notice and I think we were all relieved the show went ahead."
Despite competing with the unsettled weather and the attraction of the Olympic torch dominating the scene on the Island last Saturday, around 1,500 visitors attended the two-day show, which was sponsored by the County Press.
The show is always a rare chance to see exciting new models from the world’s most established car manufacturers together in one location, allowing you to compare what’s on offer.
This year more than 140 cars were on display and several new sales have already been made as a result of the positive interest.
Entry to the show is free and this year’s competition saw four lucky winners receive a fabulous TomTom sat nav.
Graham is keen for the motor show to be held again next year.
"My vote is it definitely carries on. It’s great to see so many Island people looking round all the cars," he said.