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Iconic AmeriCARna festival returns to Horsham

Horsham’s iconic AmeriCARna celebration of all things American makes a welcome return on Sunday 29 September, expanding right across the town centre to include the newly redeveloped Piries Place, Park Place and Parkside Council offices.
The event is brought to you by Horsham District Council and a variety of partners who have donated their time and talents to help make the day a success.
Here’s the line-up of events, sights and exhibits and where to find them:
The Customs and Hot Rods Zone, curated by partners, Mid-Surrey Roadsters will be displayed in Park Place and Piries Place in addition to East Street and the Market Square. With a brief to build on previous displays, expect to see some of the most exciting street cars in the South East.
Look out for vehicle owners offering opportunities to have a photo in their car in return for donations to St. Catherine’s Hospice.
In addition to the street cars, visit The Berkeley Homes Pick Up Truck Zone near the St. Catherine’s shop at the Bishopric Stream, for a nostalgic look at many examples of this unique American vehicle style.
Classic Cruisers once again take pride of place in the Carfax alongside the Pilgrim Motors. The Classic Muscle UK display will be in Swan Yard and the Horsham JEEP display will be outside the Halifax Building Society.
The Classic Corvette Club UK will be in the Forum supporting their partners The Children’s Trust Supercar Event.
Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Cllr Paul Clarke, commented on the return of the event: “It’s great news that this popular event is back for its third year. As one of our newer events, it has certainly grown in popularity year on year.
“I am particularly pleased that the town’s newly redeveloped area Piries Place and Park Place are going to be showcasing some of the many cars and bikes on display and also that so many of our local shops, cafes, restaurants and bars are entering into the fun with American themed offers and discounts.
“Our thanks go out to the many partners who have worked with us to pull off this event, which I am sure will be a great success.
“Please do come along to our last event of the summer and enjoy the spectacle.”
Guildford Harley Davidson are sponsoring the American Bike Zone in the ground floor of the, soon to be opened, Piries Place Car Park alongside Custom Bike specialists, P&D and Public Enemy Customs from Slinfold. Some of the very latest Harley Davidson’s will be on display alongside a large gathering of affiliated and independent bike owners.
Once again, Nascars of West Sussex have assembled a terrific collection of active and classic race cars for display in our Race Paddock at Parkside Council offices. The NASCARS are extremely loud when fired up so please beware of this when in the area.
The Great Horsham AmeriCARna Cruise Out from 4pm
The renowned Carfax car and bike departure parade just got extended! This year cars and bikes will be directed to travel out through North Street, giving even more vantage points for visitors looking to see the cars and bikes cruising out from the show. The extra space should particularly suit photographers and people wanting to view the parade. Don’t forget the Rec Rooms Music Finale Act, Odyssey from 5pm brought to us by The Rec Rooms.
American Sports
Brighton based Sussex Thunder American Football Club will be on hand in Carfax and indoors at The REC Rooms there will be ten pin bowling, pool and US Open Golf.
A broader American themed music mix
Thanks to partners, The Rec Rooms, there will be an outdoor stage outside the bowling alley with an impressive line-up, including local rising  star, Josie Proto, some serious rock and leading Nashville bands, a Blues Brothers tribute act and those ‘Native New Yorkers’, Odyssey.
The Carfax has live entertainment throughout the day hosted by DJ Mike on the bandstand, kicking off with a rousing Special Guest act and including the Groove Aces, John Stapleton and Toto Perello, with a finale from the legendary Almost Elvis Band. The Amphitheatre stage features Eight Beat Jive, local Community performers and Chris Eaton and friends who has composed some signature tunes for the event in an Americana style.
More things to see and do:
St. Catherine’s Hospice Fun Zone – Event Charity
Visit the St. Catherine’s Hospice gazebo by the Carfax bandstand for fun children’s activities, show souvenirs, St. Catherine’s merchandise and lots of information about the great work this charity does.
Activities will include, ‘Spot the bot’ to win children’s prizes and a bottle tombola for adults.
Sporting Bears ride outs
Don’t just see it – ride in it! The Sporting Bears offer ride-outs in return for donations to St. Catherine’s Children’s services. Book your ‘Dream Ride’ from sponsor Brock Taylor on the corner of East Street and Market Square. Operating from 10.30am to 4.00pm.
LEGO car building
Master Builder Club in Swan Walk Shopping Centre will host LEGO car building and racing from 10.30am. Look out for Pemberton Hague our American themed street theatre for comedy and surprises.
Win travel accommodation worth £500+  in the heart of Elvis country with local specialists Travel PA and Memphis and Mississippi Tourism.
Horsham AmeriCARna – Town Businesses
Many of our local shops cafes and restaurants are joining in the fun of the day with American themed promotions on their food and drink offerings. Look out for businesses around the town displaying American balloons.

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