Classic Cars to Celebrate Liverpool’s Transatlantic History

Date: 05 July, 2015

Location: Pier Head, Liverpool

Some of the greatest classic, vintage and veteran motors from both sides of the Atlantic are set to converge in a colourful Liverpool parade this summer.

The city’s Transatlantic 175 Classic Car Cavalcade - is being held on July 5.

The event is among a number that will celebrate 175 years of the Cunard Cruise Line. The cruise line had its headquarters on Liverpool’s Pier Head in the Cunard Building, one of the waterfront’s iconic Three Graces.

Cunard helped make Liverpool the gateway to the east coast of America, with its first transatlantic sailing in 1840. This first crossing will be re-enacted by modern Cunard ship Queen Mary 2 on July 4.

The Liverpool City Council-run cavalcade and Cunard sailing will form part of Liverpool’s One Magnificent City - a seven week-long festival offerings.

What cars am I likely to see and where?
There’s no official word on what cars we can expect to see in this inaugural parade but with links to New York likely to come under the spotlight, don’t rule out some of the classic Big Apple motor manufacturers such as Zimmer (Quicksilver, limo and Golden Spirit) and Durant (Star). 

Who knows? Perhaps classic connoisseurs could see mouth-watering US models such as Mustangs, Cadillacs and Chevrolets rub shoulders with British icons such as MGs, Jags and Aston Martins.

But we do know the models will date from pre-1905 production vehicles to modern-day supercars.

One thing’s for sure, the cavalcade’s choreography is set to be stunning. The event is borrowing on the experience and expertise of an expert steeped in classic car history - Dominic Santana, founder of the Auto Historica show.

The event’s spectacular inaugural convoy, setting off from Pier Head, will pass a range of iconic Liverpool. These include the eye-catching Chinese Arch, iconic St George’s Hall and bustling Hope Street.

The official times are between 1pm and 3pm.

But that’s not all...
A seven-week programme of One Magnificent City events concludes during American Independence weekend
(July 4-5).
The classic cavalcade isn’t the only attraction. Other festivities include:
- The Albert Dock’s ’all-marque’ exhibition of some of the best classic cars, competition vehicles, latter-day supercars and classic scooters and bikes, summoning the spirit of Britain’s halcyon motoring era
- Waterfront disco