THOUSANDS of motor vehicle lovers flocked to one of Basingstoke’s most popular events – the Festival of Transport organised by the Thornycroft Society.

The 2014 event was the 23rd annual show and saw transport enthusiasts and families flock to the free event at Basingstoke’s War Memor-ial Park last Sunday.

Around 20,000 visitors turned up to take a close-up look at over 900 different vehicles includ-ing classic cars, military vehicles, commercial vehi-cles, fire engines and motorcycles at the event, which is run in conjunction with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. A selection of classic cars was also provided by the Basingstoke Classic Car Club.

In addition to the wide range of vehicles on display, visitors enjoyed a selection of stalls selling refreshments, including drinks and ice creams.

The Thornycroft Society was set up in 1992 after the factory site, which is now occupied by supermarket Morrisons, was closed down.

The group aims to promote the transport company’s achievements to the general public.

Garry Bone, chairman of the Thornycroft Society, told The Gazette: “This year’s event went really well. We were well-supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and the general public seemed to appreciate it.”