Words: RollHard | Photography: Jonny Smith, Scott Paterson & Alex Farrance | Videography: Ashley Gardiner & Rufus Wilson.
RollHard: The Show 2017.
Sunday 13th August.
Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8PD.
So there we have it, our second RollHard: The Show, done and dusted.
Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who joined us on Sunday 13th August, we were blown away by the level of support shown!
It was incredible to see so many amazing cars and bikes at Cressing Temple Barns. The variety and quality against the backdrop of the Medieval barns was unreal. It is testament to this community that we are able to assemble so much quality in one place for one day. With the sun beaming down, the stage was set for a showcase of modified automotive.
We had show cars from all over Europe and beyond. Countries represented included Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Russia.
Truth be told, we’ve outgrown Cressing Temple Barns. When we took the venue on in 2016, never in our wildest dreams did we think we could reach venue capacity so quickly. We had always seen this venue as somewhere we could grow into over the course of many years in the same way events like Edition 38 and MIVW have done.
But with over 1500 cars, our 51,000 m2 venue was literally packed to rafters with quality metal. Not a problem if you arrived before the rush, but irritating if you didn’t. We had planned for increased numbers over last years event, but to triple our turnout in one year was a crazy outcome, even by our standards, no wonder the local roads couldn’t cope with us.
We kept the gate open an hour longer than originally planned in order to try and get as many cars in as possible.
Due to the sheer volume of cars arriving at the show all at the same time, show cars and visitors who weren’t able to beat general admissions didn’t have much luck. The venue had reached it’s legal capacity at around 12:30 and to admit any more people would have put us in breach of Health and Safety rules at Cressing. Following discussions with Essex Police, we had to take action to ease road safety concerns near the venue.
We apoligise to anyone caught up in the queue/gate closures. Our intention was never to close entry and trust us when we say this decision wasn’t taken lightly, but we had to make sure everyone was safe.
Once again, thank you to everyone who made the day possible. We hope you enjoyed what you saw on the day. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Next year, things will be different. But for now, let's enjoy coverage from his year. #rollhardcressing
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